And what happend? Ninja Theory first game, is a multiplayer online AA game called Bleeding Edge.
Also if Phil says Game pass is important for single player games.... how many single player focused games, have MS made that are currently on it?
Double Fine is doing "Psychonauts 2" currently, but that was in the work before MS bought them.
As Azzanation has already mentioned, Bleeding edge was in development way before MS bought them. This was Ninja Theory's passion project they've been working on. Do you think MS should have cancelled BE and told Ninja Theory to focus on single player games instead? Wouldn't that be the opposite of letting devs have creative freedom?
MS wouldn't buy up these developers like Compulsion Games, Ninja Theory, Obisidian, Double Fine, and InXile who's main focus have always been single player games, and then tell them to make online focused games, Gaas, and so forth. Maybe you don't believe Phil, but lets look at Netflix. One reason Netflix is so popular is because they release a wide variety of original content which targets many different audiences. If Netflix only released what was considered "popular", they wouldn't be seeing nearly the success they have now. MS is going to let Inxile make the games they want because if they don't, Game Pass will never be the "Netflix of gaming."
Lets's look at several games that are single player or have a single player campaign which will be on Game Pass. Gears 5, The Outer Worlds, Pschonauts 2, Ori 2, Wasteland 3, Age of Empires 4, Age of Empires 2 Remastered, Halo Infinite, MS Flight Simulator, Battletoads, and Gears Tactics. Btw, all these games are either published by MS or from a MS developer.Last edited by smroadkill15 - on 08 July 2019