Was wondering what studios Microsoft could buy to fill gaps in their genres.
Iron Galaxy - Fighting.
Mistwalker - JRPG.
Bloober - Horror.
Any other ideas?
Narrative-driven episodic adventure games: DONTNOD Ent., Access Games, Night School, Frogwares
JRPG: Mistwalker, tri-Ace
Horror: Red Barrels, Frictional Games, or Pulsetense Games (not a fan of Bloober Team tbh)
Dedicated Remaster/Remake house: Bluepoint or Armature Studio
Top-down SCHUMPS/dungeon crawlers: Arrowhead Game Studios
I personally find Red Barrels overrated. Outlast 1 was held back by it's frustrating "area guardian" design imo, and Outlast 2 was a big letdown for me, I didn't like the setting and themes, I didn't like that it wasn't a more direct sequel, and I didn't like they continued the poor area guardian concept of the first game.
Frictional was good once upon a time, but they haven't released a good game since Amnesia: The Dark Descent 9 years ago. SOMA was a big letdown imo, it wasn't scary and the whole philosophical argument the premise of the game was based on was dumb. They are also frustratingly slow, they've had 2 games in development since SOMA in 2015 and have yet to announce either one after 3.5+ years of development. I have hopes they will redeem themselves with these next 2 games, but they have to re-prove themselves to me.
I'm not familiar with Pulsetense.
As for Bloober Team, Layers of Fear 1 and Observer were both great imo, though I'm currently watching a let's play of Layers of Fear 2 and find it a bit disappointing, mainly because they added pointless sections where an enemy that can kill you chases you. Layers of Fear 1 was great because it was one of the few horror games without enemies, it was psychological horror in it's purest form, and I'm sad that they didn't follow through on that concept for the sequel. I have high hopes for Blair Witch though because it looks legit scary.
Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 18 June 2019