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Topic: Which Studios Should Microsoft Acquire Next?

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TheFrenchiestFry

@Kefka2589 Yeah I'm aware that surprisingly enough DOOM is actually big in Japan despite the fact they banned Mortal Kombat for its excessive gore and violence. The Bethesda acquisition being announced right before preorders went live was definitely a major move on their part because it probably got players in the Japanese region talking about how viable it is next to a brand that's already solidified its reputation such as the PlayStation or Nintendo consoles.

I also expect FFVII Remake likely coming to Xbox after the 1 year PS exclusivity is probably going to contribute to them trying to change their image in that region, but I still think they have a ways to go before they actually reach PlayStation or Nintendo levels of respect and admiration, and they'll have to really start courting third parties in that region for their games. They should also attempt to strike exclusivity deals like Sony does to show that they won't just toss all their chips into the current batch of exclusives they have like Halo, Gears and Forza.

TheFrenchiestFry

Kefka2589

@TheFrenchiestFry Yep. DOOM is definitely another. The Bethesda drop the day before preorders was probably the biggest power play in gaming history. I've never seen anything like that. I saw a guy on Gamespot just absolutely dogging Xbox like 9 hours prior to the announcement. Needless to say, those comments the next morning about his post aging poorly were pretty funny. Spencer has really done a lot to clean up Mattricks messes. From the looks of things they ready to play Sony's game and start sending out of checks. I'd say they've poked the bear a few times too many and a battle of checkbooks really isn't a battle I'd want to get involved in with MS. So I highly expect them to start locking down more timed content the same way Sony does.

Kefka2589

TheFrenchiestFry

@Kefka2589 Phantasy Star Online 2 being a timed Xbox exclusive was definitely a major get considering how demanded the localization was for years, but if they could get ahold of something major like a Final Fantasy game or the remaining Yakuzas, or maybe even a Souls game of their own like how Sony has complete exclusivity over Demon's Souls and Bloodborne, it would be a pretty big step towards getting their image turned around in the country where these games print money.

TheFrenchiestFry

Kefka2589

@TheFrenchiestFry Wasnt the first Phantasy Star Online Xbox and PC only? And I think maybe Gamecube in Japan? They seem to have a history with that one. I have a cousin that is SUPER into those games is the only reason I know anything about it. They seem to be fluffing SEGA, so I'm wondering what the odds of them trying timed exclusive the next Persona is. I'm sure it'll be cross gen. So maybe try to lock down the next gen version similarly to Yakuza.

Kefka2589

TheFrenchiestFry

@Kefka2589 PSO actually released first on GameCube even in North America a few months ahead of the Xbox version after the game had been out for Dreamcast for almost a year.

I don't expect something as jaw-dropping as making Persona 6 a timed Xbox exclusive considering how synonymous with the PlayStation brand the series is, even according to higher ups at SIE, but even something like having the games on Xbox, or announcing P5R as coming to Xbox One/Series consoles and being part of Game Pass would be a huge get if they want to try and solidify not only their partnership with SEGA, but a deeper library of Japanese content that rivals Sony and Nintendo, especially as Sony already got the checkbooks out for both FFXVI and presumably the remaining VII Remake games.

TheFrenchiestFry

Kefka2589

@TheFrenchiestFry Ahhh yeah. I totally forgot about the Dreamcast version. I guess I just literally never laid eyes on the Gamecube version. I knew it existed though.

And you may be right. But at the end of the day, money is good at helping people get their way. But maybe even just something like P4G going to Xbox would be a pretty big deal too. I dont want to get it for PC because I just dont like gaming on PC. Id buy that for Xbox in a second.

Kefka2589

TheFrenchiestFry

@Kefka2589 P4G on PC was pretty massive and the game desperately needed that second chance. I love my PS Vita but that game totally deserved a wider audience and I'm baffled they didn't even port it to PS4 after P5 blew the series up to mainstream status.

If they could get any of those games on Xbox/PC it would really help turn heads over in Japan given how massive SMT/Persona is in Japan compared to the smaller fanbase it has here.

TheFrenchiestFry

Kefka2589

@TheFrenchiestFry I literally cant believe it hasnt been ported to PS4 yet. It absolutely baffles me considering they would probably sell millions of copies. Porting that from PC to Series X/S surely couldnt be that huge of a job. It would certainly be worth the trouble I'm sure. It would also seem that we have completely hijacked this thread. xD all your thread are belong to us.

Kefka2589

TheFrenchiestFry

@Kefka2589 I'd say P5 would actually be a bigger thing to secure for an Xbox release given Sony LOVES flaunting that game all the time these days. They've made stuff like special PS4 themed consoles, PS4 themes, controllers, Sony's Aniplex division producing the anime, and even recently when they added P5 to the PS Plus Collection on PS5 next to titles like God of War, Last of Us and Uncharted 4. Xbox getting that game would actually be pretty surreal.

TheFrenchiestFry

Kefka2589

@TheFrenchiestFry This is all true. You make a valid point. Persona 5 might be difficult, but I expect after dipping into Yakuza the way they have, anything seems possible now. Sony may have locked down FF16. But can you imagine the stinger if MS locked down DQ12 as a timed exclusive? Now that would explode heads. Lol

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Kefka2589

TheFrenchiestFry

@Kefka2589 I still remember when FFXIII was announced for 360 and Mattrick was literally quoted as acknowledging it as a series that ditched the PlayStation to find a new home on Xbox. Even DQXII just being on Xbox next to PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch would be massive considering that's the one major Square flagship that's never touched Xbox before very recently. If they secured timed exclusivity that would cause Xbox sales to surge to unpredictable levels in Japan. They made national holidays around Dragon Quest game launches in that region.

TheFrenchiestFry

Kefka2589

@TheFrenchiestFry Ohhhhhh Don. You so silly. But really, a DQ12 timed exclusive of even a month is probably worth an exorbent amount of money if MS is really serious about Japan. DQ11S going to game pass day one probably wasnt cheap. But that's a bold move to try and get people on Xbox who may have never played one to try it. I strongly prefer DQ over FF these days. Which is odd considering my name is a FF villain. But that's not important. Lol

Kefka2589

LtSarge

It's not looking so good for SEGA right now:

https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2020/11/sega_sammy_set_to_s...

https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2020/11/sega_asks_650_emplo...

Now's a good time for Microsoft to swoop in and save them. The majority of the arcade business will be sold off and they can acquire the company as mostly to develop video games. Not to mention that Game Pass will definitely help them get back on their feet without having to worry about money holding them back. I honestly don't see any of the other two companies (Nintendo and Sony) being able to save them since Microsoft has a vast amount of liquidity and will definitely ensure SEGA's survival.

Also before anyone says that a foreign company cannot buy a Japanese company due to Japan's strict rules, isn't it possible for Microsoft's subsidiary 'Microsoft Japan' to buy up the company? They should in theory be able to make the acquisition through their subsidiary unless there's a rule for that as well.

Regardless, I really hope Microsoft buys them at this point.

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LtSarge

Krzzystuff

I definitely expect them to buy Blooper, they the ones making Medium right? They are small and it's been heavily rumoured for a while now that they got a Polish studio. It's also been heavily rumored they got a Japanese studio but from what i understand they can't buy one because of the law's in Japan. Now after the Zenimax deal is completed they will then own a studio with an established presence in Japan that would allow them to go and buy a Japanese studio. So while SEGA does sound nice it's not possible until the Zenimax deal is finalized.

Krzzystuff

LtSarge

@Krzzystuff Wow if that's the case then the deal was an incredibly smart move by Microsoft. Buy ZeniMax and get a bunch of studios with lots of great IPs, and as a bonus they establish a presence in Japan through Tango Gameworks, thus allowing them to make acquisitions in Japan as well. Genius! Well at least we know now that it will be possible in the future, that's good to hear.

LtSarge

BraniclesUK

Would love to see them purchase a Japanese RPG dev studio. Depending on Sakaguchi's status, Mistwalker could be a fantastic choice. Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, and the The Last story are a great foundation, with two of those games already being Xbox 360 exclusives. With direct Microsoft funding who knows what marvellous experiences they can create. But I guess with the Japanese laws this may not be possible

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BraniclesUK

TheFrenchiestFry

@LtSarge For clarification, this does not concern their game division. Just the entertainment stuff like pachinkos and arcades. Their game division is actually doing incredibly well as of late thanks to stuff like the success of the PC version of Persona 4 Golden, in addition to games like Persona 5 Royal & Scramble earlier in the year in addition to the Yakuza remasters on PS4. They also have stuff down the line like SMTIII HD, SMT V, P5S' localization, Yakuza 7, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 and presumably stuff like Persona 5 Arena and the next numbered Persona game entirely based on comments from Atlus a year ago.

If MS were to buy them they'd probably not even be interested in the stuff causing them financial strife at the moment, so it's highly unlikely they're actually in need of an acquisition. It would also probably have a further reach of alienation from other consumers than Bethesda.

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TheFrenchiestFry

LtSarge

@TheFrenchiestFry I mean the entire company is recording 100 million dollars in losses at the end of their financial year so it doesn't matter if the gaming division is doing well when the entirety of the company is being affected. That's why they want 650 employees to voluntarily retire, i.e. they want to cut down the costs for the entire company, including their divisions. Doesn't matter if the gaming division is doing well, this decision will have an impact on them as well. Whether that impact is significant or not I don't know. Not to mention that we don't know how the restructuring of the company will affect them long-term. Getting rid of the majority of your entertainment division might greatly affect their future revenue stream.

Sega Sammy is definitely looking ahead years in the future and if they realise that this scenario persists then they just might look for a company to bail them out. Microsoft is a good candidate in that regard since they are a very financially stable company with an immense amount of liquidity and Sega has had a great relation with them dating as far back as the original Xbox. I say this as a huge JRPG and Persona fan but I would love for Microsoft to buy up Sega Sammy and make series such as Yakuza as well as Persona Xbox exclusives. Sega Sammy might also see Game Pass as a great service to reach out to more consumers than previously possible, especially in Japan, and putting their franchises on there will definitely attract lots of Japanese consumers. In other words, this acquisition would help out both sides.

LtSarge

TheFrenchiestFry

@LtSarge Honestly not only do I feel an acquisition of SEGA is unneeded considering they're already incredibly close at the moment with that partnership deal that netted them PSO2 as a timed Xbox exclusive in addition to the Yakuza games, but as a Megami Tensei fan I'd highkey be extremely worried for Atlus' durability if they became an Xbox developer. Atlus games have historically bombed on Xbox consoles. I'd imagine part of that is due to the lack of a draw in from the Japanese audience for Xbox systems, but the one mainline Shin Megami Tensei game that came to their platform bombed really hard, and Persona 4 Arena did so badly on 360 that for Japan it was released as a PS3 console exclusive. I also heard Catherine did considerably worse than on PS3 which explains why Full Body never came to Xbox One, and that's not even an RPG at all.

I'd be more comfortable if SEGA's partnership extended into netting them something like Persona 5 Royal on Xbox Series X/Windows 10/Steam especially since Persona 4 Golden is already on there, or maybe even an Xbox-exclusive remaster of SMT Nine, but I'm not ok at all with the idea of seeing franchises like MegaTen, Yakuza or Valkyria Chronicles become Xbox only on consoles. MegaTen honestly owes a lot to Nintendo for its inception in the first place, and I'd argue games like Nocturne and the Persona games (of which Persona 1 was actually the first roleplaying MegaTen title to be localized in English) being on PlayStation is the reason the franchise has become considerably more well known in the West.

The solution for getting Japanese content on Xbox should be just getting the games on the console, not the studios at the corporation lmao. I'm sure Phil is just as good at smooth talking to SEGA about nabbing Persona or SMT on their console rather than going straight into pulling out the cheque book like "CAN I BUY YOU PLEASE HEHEEHEHE"

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TheFrenchiestFry

LtSarge

@TheFrenchiestFry I think the issue is that Xbox users aren't willing to spend a lot of money in order to try out JRPGs but if they experience them for the first time through a service that they're already paying a small amount for each month, then the interest might drastically increase. I've already seen plenty of interest for the Yakuza series on Xbox now thanks to 0, K1 and K2 being on Game Pass. Put Persona on Game Pass and lots of people will want to try out the games, especially when considering that they are known to be 100+ hours long and potential buyers will easily get turned off from reading that. So at least they get to try the games first and then they might buy them afterwards when their subscription runs out.

Not to mention that, while Persona and Yakuza have been getting more momentum in recent years, these franchises could gain even more popularity through Game Pass since they will be available on PC, Android and Xbox on day one whenever a new game comes out. Persona 5 still isn't out on PC despite it being out on PS4 for three years now. That could all change if Microsoft owns the IP. Imagine Persona 6 coming out and being able to play it on day one on either Xbox or PC for only €10. I can easily see hardcore gamers subscribing to the service for one month only just to blast through the entire game in one month. Simply put, a potential acquisition of Sega and Atlus could open up so many new opportunities for fans of the franchises. Why wait years for a port when you can play it at the same time as it comes out for everyone else. There will be less of a reason to buy a PlayStation console as well.

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