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Sony just reminded me of something I said before, I really wish Microsoft would announce their acquisitions randomly like Sony does, I hate knowing but having to wait until X0 or E3...I'm expecting they'll announce 1-2 studios at X019 and then a couple more next E3 to kick off next gen but man, the wait is annoying, Lol. Just announce them when they're ready.

They're also going to create an expectation which will bite them in the ass later of people expecting studio acquisitions every E3/X0, so far they've only announced at E3 2018, X018 and E3 2019 and now they're going to announce at X019 again.

Last edited by Ryuu96 - on 19 August 2019

Ryuu96 said:

Sony just reminded me of something I said before, I really wish Microsoft would announce their acquisitions randomly like Sony does, I hate knowing but having to wait until X0 or E3...I'm expecting they'll announce 1-2 studios at X019 and then a couple more next E3 to kick off next gen but man, the wait is annoying, Lol. Just announce them when they're ready.

They're also going to create an expectation which will bite them in the ass later of people expecting studio acquisitions every E3/X0, so far they've only announced at E3 2018, X018 and E3 2019 and now they're going to announce at X019 again.

I don't think it will come to bite them later. Now they can build hype for new studios acquisitions for their events and later when they slow down or stop buying studios they can build hype around new games coming from their newly acquired studios.



Nautilus said:
Ryuu96 said:

Moon Studios just confirmed that it is 1080p 60 fps in docked mode and 720p 60 fps in undocked mode.

Man, I dont mean to be controversial by sying this, but MS is really walking the path to become a third party developer.

As someone who uses Xbox as the main platform, I totally dislike Microsoft's current direction. But IMO porting the 4-5 years old game to Switch is not really a big deal to be honest. Microsoft gained everything they could from this games in terms of pushing Xbox consoles, so getting some more money by selling it on Switch would only benefit them at this point. It also can give some more brand awareness among Switch users prior to next-gen launch that can be used in Microsoft's favor. 

Actually, bringing Halo MCC and Gears 5 to Steam is way way worse thing for Xbox than porting Ori to Switch considering it's the biggest flagship franchises which will now exist completely outside of Xbox ecosystem for the most part I guess. As it is quite possible that Steam sales would be over 50% of total sales. 

I believe that the reason why they do that is that they are really going all-in with xCloud. Doesn't matter what they say in interviews about how they see it just being an option and other stuff. They really are banking on streaming being the future of gaming and replacing consoles at some point. Most likely that they see next-gen as the last before streaming taking over.

In terms of Xbox hardware, I've seen an argument for quite some time that Microsoft wants to make a transition of Xbox hardware to something similar to their Surface products line - just being an option to get Microsoft services and games on this box but not making it a mandatory device to access these services and games. And that it would work well for Microsoft. But there is one big issue with this and why this won't work. Surface is just another Windows laptop like HP, Acer, ASUS etc. are making. Microsoft can afford to sell Surface and Surface doesn't have any problem as long as it uses Windows - OS with 800m+ users. No matter how bad Surface sales are, these laptops won't have issues with software support, because they have this huge userbase in order to guarantee developer support. This strategy won't work with Xbox as it is on its own. Xbox sales which Microsoft states that don't matter for them is the only thing that will determine developer's support in the future. If Scarlett sells poorly, it would be a big issue when it comes to gettting games on the platform.



 

jason1637 said:
Ryuu96 said:

Sony just reminded me of something I said before, I really wish Microsoft would announce their acquisitions randomly like Sony does, I hate knowing but having to wait until X0 or E3...I'm expecting they'll announce 1-2 studios at X019 and then a couple more next E3 to kick off next gen but man, the wait is annoying, Lol. Just announce them when they're ready.

They're also going to create an expectation which will bite them in the ass later of people expecting studio acquisitions every E3/X0, so far they've only announced at E3 2018, X018 and E3 2019 and now they're going to announce at X019 again.

I don't think it will come to bite them later. Now they can build hype for new studios acquisitions for their events and later when they slow down or stop buying studios they can build hype around new games coming from their newly acquired studios.

I just mean like, one day Microsoft isn't going to have any studio acquisitions at E3/X0 and some fans will be like "Wth?" cause they're setting an expectation of having them at these events every time, unless Microsoft just outright says no studio acquisitions.

The events will be filled with games from the acquired studios though so that's a good thing.



MS could always just state at a later date that they are currently satisfied with the studios that they have and are no longer looking to acquire any more.

It will be interesting to see how far they actually go, like what if they are currently in negotiations with like 5 studios and they all say yes around the same time frame and come to an agreement that could put them at over 20 studios making them one of the biggest gaming companies in the world rivaling 3rd party publishers. Do they just say no to some and say sorry we are full?

Last edited by EspadaGrim - on 19 August 2019

EspadaGrim said:

MS could always just state at a later date that they are currently satisfied with the studios that they have and are no longer looking to acquire any more.

It will be interesting to see how far they actually go, like what if they are currently in negotiations with like 5 studios and they all say yes around the same time frame and come to an agreement that could put them at over 20 studios making them one of the biggest gaming companies in the world rivaling 3rd party publishers. Do they just say no to some and say sorry we are full?

20by20! Fill as many genres as possible! I think it's likely that they will reach 20 studios Tbh, they've still got a few gaps in terms of genres that they need to fill for Gamepass, it would be a great number to stop at.

Keep trying to buy Moon Studios, buy Iron Galaxy for fighting, I do believe that 1 Japanese studio won't cut it, they'll need at least two Imo, Japan is pretty diverse in it's games as well, if I could pick I would go for Platinum Games and White Owls, both make completely different games that can compliment Gamepass, I don't think Platinum is likely at all though so pick some JRPG studio. Then having a horror studio would be good too.



Ryuu96 said:

I've been playing this for months on Android?



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Ryuu96 said:

20by20! Fill as many genres as possible! I think it's likely that they will reach 20 studios Tbh, they've still got a few gaps in terms of genres that they need to fill for Gamepass, it would be a great number to stop at.

Keep trying to buy Moon Studios, buy Iron Galaxy for fighting, I do believe that 1 Japanese studio won't cut it, they'll need at least two Imo, Japan is pretty diverse in it's games as well, if I could pick I would go for Platinum Games and White Owls, both make completely different games that can compliment Gamepass, I don't think Platinum is likely at all though so pick some JRPG studio. Then having a horror studio would be good too.

If they go into Japan then they have to go all in, there are not that many independent studios in Japan atm.

They have to go after either Cyberconnect or Platinum maybe even both. I know that many here want Mistwalker but that isn’t going to work at all.

White Owl and Grounding would be great if they expand to at least AA size.



EspadaGrim said:
Ryuu96 said:

20by20! Fill as many genres as possible! I think it's likely that they will reach 20 studios Tbh, they've still got a few gaps in terms of genres that they need to fill for Gamepass, it would be a great number to stop at.

Keep trying to buy Moon Studios, buy Iron Galaxy for fighting, I do believe that 1 Japanese studio won't cut it, they'll need at least two Imo, Japan is pretty diverse in it's games as well, if I could pick I would go for Platinum Games and White Owls, both make completely different games that can compliment Gamepass, I don't think Platinum is likely at all though so pick some JRPG studio. Then having a horror studio would be good too.

If they go into Japan then they have to go all in, there are not that many independent studios in Japan atm.

They have to go after either Cyberconnect or Platinum maybe even both. I know that many here want Mistwalker but that isn’t going to work at all.

Buy White Owls, Grounding Inc, Platinum Games, JP Games, Mistwalker /s

I agree with you, they definitely need to go big, Platinum would be perfect for that, I just don't know how it would realistically happen, and not because they cancelled Scalebound cause that doesn't really mean anything in business, but because I just can't see how Microsoft would pull them away from Nintendo...They seem pretty close to Nintendo and are practically being bank rolled by them, Lol.

Regarding Mistwalker, I was doing some digging, are they even based in Japan anymore? I remember reading that Sakaguchi actually lives in Hawaii and it seems like Mistwalkers HQ is in Hawaii too now...Kinda makes me think Mistwalker is even less likely...buying a Japanese studio that's HQ'd in Hawaii...Lmao.



Edit: Nevermind 

Last edited by EspadaGrim - on 19 August 2019