Microsoft Nixes Potential for First-Party Exclusives to Reach Other Consoles

Although the current relationship between Nintendo and Microsoft is positive, it looks like Ori and the Blind Forest could wind up being the final Xbox title we see on the Switch.

Microsoft provided a statement to yesterday about the idea of bringing more Xbox Studios games to other consoles, which they evidently have “no plans” for as their focus is on making games for its own platforms:

“The past year has been an exciting time for us as we have more than doubled the internal creative teams making up Xbox Game Studios. As these new studios transitioned in, we were aware of some existing commitments to other platforms and will honor them. However, going forward these new studios will focus on making games for our platforms. We have no plans to further expand our exclusive first party games to other consoles. We continue to believe deeply in cross play and progression of games with the right flexibility for developers to insure a fair and fun experience.”

While Microsoft will definitely continue support for Minecraft across all platforms, they don’t appear willing to expand their exclusive offerings elsewhere. Their new studios, as referenced in the statement, are Obsidian, Double Fine, and Ninja Theory.


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Micah has been playing games since his first pong machine, and has been writing for as long as he could grip a pencil and not drool on the paper. So, for about a week.

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