Why is the Switch version of Hellblade published by NT and not MS?
There can be other reasons as to why other publishers are bringing these games to other platforms, and one of the main points here is that MS doesn't have to pay to bring it across. This would be more inline with a smart business move rather then MS publishing all there titles and spending more dollars when someone else can do it for them.
Either way if the studio is owned by MS and a game is releasing after the buyout, like Wasteland 3 or The Outer Worlds than they would have to come to terms with the owner first and in this case its MS or Xbox Game Studios for the rights. There way of thinking could be something like this, you want this game on your platform, than if you can find a publisher to publish it than its all yours, type of thing. That last part is just an assumption so don't jump me for that.
Games previously contracted before the buyout will fall under the microscope of the new owners and its up to them if they choose to terminate it which could lead to a payout.
When a company is under a umbrella like NT, they are given budgets, and in this case, NT has the budget to spend to publish there own game instead of relying on there mother brand to piggy back them, all MS want to see is profits not expenses so NT is taking the risk and hoping for the reward. They are allowing NT to bring Hellblade to the Switch same goes for Wasteland 3 for PS4 etc.
Lets not forget that MS Publish games, but I don't see why they need to do it to all of them especially since there very open with the Switch and Steam platforms and it can be quite an expense publishing all there IPs on other machines. All I am saying to you is they have the choice and that's allowing these deals to be created or to be continued, they are not terminating these contract agreements and locking these games and future games away. Different story if they only own part of the company like 50% etc. At 100% there is no debate, a full buyout includes all previous, current and future contracts. That's why buying companies can be quite an expense. Weather its worth cancelling or allowing is up to the rightful owners.Last edited by Azzanation - on 17 April 2019