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Topic: Which Studios Should Microsoft Acquire Next?

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LtSarge

I thought it'd be fun to have a discussion regarding which studios we would like to see Microsoft acquire next. Disregarding the recent SEGA speculation, I would first and foremost like to see Microsoft acquire Dontnod and Bloober Team. The reason is straightforward, they've made (or are making) games exclusively for Xbox and these types of games feel very complementary to the rest of the Xbox Game Studios. Dontnod makes excellent story-driven games that are choice-based and Bloober is a master of horror games. Their first horror game, Layers of Fear, blew my mind and I recently played Blair Witch and that one was really good as well. Imagine then having both of these studios onboard with Xbox, that'd be amazing!

Microsoft doesn't need to acquire entire companies though. For example, which company right now has dormant but well-established IPs that haven't seen a new entry in a fairly long time? Konami. However, Konami doesn't really care much about developing games anymore so buying them would be wasteful for Microsoft. They should instead buy out their IPs, such as Metal Gear, Silent Hill, Castlevania etc. and put them under the umbrella of a company who's actually willing to pay these franchises the attention they deserve. Microsoft does need a series in the stealth genre like Metal Gear, and Silent Hill could easily be revived if the series were given to Bloober Team (under the presumption that Microsoft has acquired them already). A lot of people are comparing The Medium to Silent Hill in fact, and I believe that the composer for The Medium is the same person as the one who did the music for Silent Hill. So it just feels fitting for Microsoft to acquire Konami's IPs (but not the company itself).

Finally, and this may lead to a lot of people disagreeing with me, but I would love for Microsoft to acquire Kojima Productions. First of all, Kojima is a brilliant and very creative person who doesn't like to follow the norm of how video games should be developed (which we've seen now from Death Stranding). However, he still has a company to run and while it's commendable that he wants to do his own thing, he still needs to pay his workers and other work related costs. So I think the best idea would be to let him be creative by making games to put on Game Pass, which guarantees that he will earn enough revenue to support his company and maintain the same level of creative freedom. Also he's very keen on PC development which Microsoft supports way more than Sony does. So while this seems like a stretch, it could happen given the state of PlayStation right now. And if Kojima Productions does get acquired by Microsoft and the Metal Gear IP gets purchased as well, that would give Kojima the opportunity to continue making more Metal Gear, exclusively on Xbox on top of that.

So I've given some of my thoughts, both realistic ones and wishful thinking. Which studios do you want Microsoft acquiring next?

LtSarge

Ryall

@LtSarge I would go for Nippon Ichi Software. I wouldn’t stop them producing games for other platforms since they often act as a publisher rather than owning the best developers they work with. But if everyone a there game’s came to the west and came to game pass I think that would be a massive deal.

This opinion probably just come from my desire to play the games they haven’t brought to the west.

Ryall

BrilliantBill

@LtSarge I personally disagree with the idea of acquiring Kojima Productions, I think Hideo Kojima is gaming equivalent of Ridley Scott at this point, he was a masterpiece-maker but his best years are now well behind him IMO. On top of that I think that Kojima has a close personal friendship with likes of Mark Cerny and other powerful people at Sony that gives him a lot of influence and negotiating power. Something that he probably won't immediately have at Microsoft.

If there was one developer I was wishing Microsoft could acquire it would be Remedy. They have had a very consistent flow of unique and great games for years and there is a lot of "good" Microsoft gains from this. They also pump out games with amazing stories and graphics which directly targets the type of output for Naughty Dog and others from Sony.

I also think that buying Crytek would benefit them a lot. Crytek today is a shadow of its 2007-era glory and through a long series of issues (poor management and terrible decisions) they are really not in that great place but with proper management and guidance they can produce some very good looking games that maxes out the SX hardware and works as a SX showcase.

BrilliantBill

LtSarge

@Ryall That's a good one since Microsoft needs more Japanese games and that company is responsible for publishing a lot of titles, which would be amazing to have on Game Pass indeed!

@BrilliantBill Yeah I guess the main disadvantage with my suggestion of Kojima Productions is the many contacts Kojima already has at Sony. However, a lot of those bigwigs are gone now, like Shawn Layden and Andrew House (if I recall correctly, House was the one who made the deal with Kojima regarding Death Stranding) and so I don't know if Kojima wants to maintain a relationship with a person like Jim Ryan who's running PlayStation now. But yeah, Kojima does have strong ties with Guerrilla Games and he even used their Decima engine to make Death Stranding. So I don't know, maybe, maybe not.

I can definitely see Remedy being a great studio for Microsoft to acquire. Lots of Xbox exclusives there such as Alan Wake and Quantum Break, so it makes sense. They just need a breakthrough franchise like Naughty Dog's Uncharted and they'll be on the map as a high quality developer. The potential is definitely there, maybe Microsoft can help them realise that potential.

LtSarge

Senua

@LtSarge Did you watch the excellent in-depth Digitalfoundry analysis of Ori port running on Switch? Moon Studios have got some really talented engineering teams, they even made their own custom version of Unity just for the port. Microsoft should definitely not miss out on them.

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Senua

LtSarge

@Senua I'm gonna be honest with you, I genuinely thought Moon Studios was already owned by Microsoft, lol. For some reason I thought I'd seen a picture where they were listed along with other Xbox Game Studios, but apparently they are independent. Regardless, I'd love to see them join the Xbox family of studios since like you said, they have very talented people and the Ori games are pretty much tied to the Xbox brand now.

LtSarge

Sylcolene

Techland and Fromsoftware / japanese indie developer.
Because gamepass needs japanese games 😁

Sylcolene

Xbox Gamertag: Sylcolene

JGRockford

Yup, very much agree on From Software.
If MS wants to spend big again, Ubisoft Publishing would be step in the right direction.

The Kojima / Scott comparison is very accurate.
Brilliant in their time, but can be a risky investment.

JGRockford

Senua

Microsoft will only acquire a studio which makes sense and has been in a close relationship sharing like-mindedness.

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Senua

YBI

I think SEGA would give them the most variety.

Plus they already have a relationship with them for years.

Persona on Xbox would be a dream.

YBI

Revengercm

Techland or Remedy.
Remedy makes the most sense.
I think they are done with buying publishers. They have the most studios than any console maker and third party publisher. Almost every game will now cost 100m or more. Multiplied by 23.

Highly doubt they will convince any Japanese studio with Nintendo and Sony potential sales. They should make studios branched from Tango or make that one bigger.

I even think sony has Housemarque, Kojima, and BluePoint locked unless sony stops supporting them.

Everyone else is owned by a bigger company or have received investment from Tencent.

Revengercm

BlueOcean

Koei Tecmo.

Moon Studios.

Remedy.

Please, no Kojima Productions.

BlueOcean

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