Microsoft is Committed to Japanese Xbox One Support

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If you had any doubts that Microsoft and their development studios were neglecting their Xbox One development in Japan, let Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer tell you otherwise. In an interview with Kotaku, Spencer confirmed that Microsoft Studios are “committed” to bringing content to Japan.

Spencer went on to elaborate:

“We have signed some things in Japan that we haven’t announced that we’ll announce in… ’14 so that people get to hear about support in Japan,”

He even went on to describe their relationship with Yukio Futatsugi, the creator behind Crimson Dragon:

“I’ve been a big fan of our partnerships in Japan, Futatsugi just finished Crimson Dragon, and I’m proud of what he was able to do. We’re talking to him about what we might want to do next with him. There’s some interest out there in some older [intellectual property]. Phantom Dust has come up around whether we would want to reboot that franchise. It’s a discussion right now; there’s nothing’s signed. But we’re talking. It does seem like there’s a lot of interest around that. And we have a good long relationship with him and I think that would be good.”

Spencer described Japan’s development teams as “top notch,” and he even acknowledged that the Xbox has “never been the top console in Japan.”

Finally, in closing, Spencer gave thanks to the support they have received from Japanese developers:

“But the support that we’ve received, either from publishers like with Capcom and Dead Rising or developers is always great,” Spencer said. “We kicked off our independent developer program when were at Tokyo Game Show and saw some top talent walk through the door, so I think you’ll see some indies too … I’m committed to the development there.”


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