Xbox Boss: Microsoft is Planning on Launching or Acquiring More Game Studios

We’ve learned that Microsoft is looking to expand their in-house development studios in an effort to boost

Xbox boss Phil Spencer noted the company is planning on increasing their investment for in-house video games, including the launching or acquiring of game studios if necessary. The new report comes via an interview with Bloomberg and Spencer, where the Xbox chief announced the change of pace for the company.

“We need to grow, and I look forward to doing that,” Spencer said. “Our ability to go create content has to be one of our strengths. We haven’t always invested at the same level. We’ve gone through ups and downs in the investment.”

The news is certainly interesting considering the software giant has cancelled fan-favorite games like Scalebound, shut down veteran studios like Lionhead (while also cancelling their current project), and even made shocking acquisitions like the $2.5 billion purchase of Mojang and their one-hit wonder, Minecraft.

The company’s newly upgraded mid-generation console, Xbox One X, is launching tomorrow – worldwide.

What do you think of Microsoft looking to round out their first-party titles once again? Are console exclusives a thing of the past, or are they still required to move hardware? Sound off in the comments below!

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  • Tyler Sampson

    Why? So they can just shut them down?

    I jest.

  • Psyramics

    Did they JUST realize their shiny new console has no games?

  • Hiecchi

    Is Microsoft the new EA? Buy new studios and shut them down?

  • Ninjagai

    The answer is yes.

  • Ninjagai

    The answer is yes.

  • Mr0303

    The Bone does need some more first party support, but MS is infamous for shutting down good studios and unique projects.

  • Mr0303

    The Bone does need some more first party support, but MS is infamous for shutting down good studios and unique projects.

  • Madbrainbox

    2 words for Microsoft:
    FUCK OFF!

  • Mechonis

    Oh fuck no. They’ll be after Platinum’s ass. Just kill the Xbox. Please!

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    I expect nothing; EA treatment at best.

  • Jack Thompson
  • GrimFate

    I’m hesitant. It’s great that Xbox might get a much-needed shot in the arm, but Microsoft’s history with game development isn’t great. Besides the mentioned developer Lionhead and game Scalebound, their history with Bungie, Rare and Ensemble also spring to mind. I just hope they have learned from the past, or that they will at least listen to the fans.

  • OldPalpy

    Anyone wanna place bets on the first studio to get xboned?

  • InkViper
  • DrearierSpider
  • Donwel

    What are Rare up to these days? Last I heard of them MS had them making kinect shovelware.

  • GrimFate

    Sea of Thieves, the multiplayer pirate game. The Kinnect is dead now, so maybe Rare have been released from that prison. And hopefully it’s a sign that MS realised that they shouldn’t be using famed developers for menial crap.

  • blackice85

    Yup, the name Rare used to mean something. They were behind a lot of great games over the years, some of which are iconic now. It’s sad how they squandered that.

  • Exien

    I want only 2 things from them
    1. Halo collection for PC
    2. No more WinShit Store

  • Justin Williams

    This might not be a bad thing but i’m not sure MS is as committed to gaming as they once were. They seem to have lost some of their fire.

  • Casey

    They always were third EA, only being surpassed by actard.

  • Casey

    I doubt that. Last anyone heard about platinum and microsoft, Kamiya had some nasty words for the old M$. That’s why scalebound fell through.

  • Casey

    Well, keep in mind at this point, most of the people we associate as “Rare” no longer work there. People like Grant Kirkhope have said as much.
    For all we know they’ll be put back on the xbox avatar factory line as soon as sea of thieves releases.

  • Feniks

    Ha ha ha been there done that.

    The MS Xbox money hat strategy is legendary. I thought the entertainment division was reined in by the board though.

    Not expecting results, it didn’t work against the PS2 and PS3 it won’t work now.

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    Microsoft needs to aquire deez nuts.

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    d’oh!

  • GrimFate

    True, although I imagine that’s probably also true of most well-regarded developers that were sold to larger companies. I guess we just all have to keep in mind that once a developer has been sold, it’s just a matter of time until its core is gone and it has become just an empty shell.

  • Godmars

    Well. to be fair, at least EA uses then move assets around after closing a studio.

  • Godmars

    Have they said this around whenever its become how noticeable they don’t make games?

  • Mark

    They’re gonna buy capcom

  • RichardGristle

    My Microsoft wishlist is the exact same, except I hate Halo and I use a “specially acquired” copy of Windows 7.

    But other than that.

  • sanic

    Watch they’ll fuck this up and buy ninja theory, fullbright, and chinese room and think they have games.

  • RichardGristle

    Halo will be the most powerful character in MvC 5 :^)

  • Squirrel on crack cocaine.

    Here’s an idea, how about you use the ones you’ve already got?
    About time we got a third Perfect Dark from Rare.

  • Microsoft almost killS as much studios as EA.

  • crizz1066

    M$ Spin and bullsh*te machine out in strength, after killing off quality IP’s and studios left right and center. M$ realised their mistakes. So spin some bull about acquiring studios etc. As they know certain part of society will believe anything they spout.

    Why do they say thing now?? Because there are no quality games for the new Xbox, everyone knows it and M$ are in just trying to fool those who don’t think.

  • ComX

    Sea of Thieves, the multiplayer pirate game. The Kinnect is dead now, so maybe Rare have been released from that prison. And hopefully it’s a sign that MS realised that they shouldn’t be using famed developers for menial crap.

  • InkBrush

    They pretty much should. It would be fucking hilarious to see a bunch of spergs go into suicide watch. lol

  • Ruggarell

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1e03e337860f69a77f0741a08907a84c6442864164f2f333edf7979ee3c771f2.jpg

    >PS4 stomping the fuck out of Xbox one so badly that Microsoft is scrambling to try to find more studios to shut down so Sony can’t get them

    LMAO