In a new interview with VideoGamesChronicle, Japanese developer PlatinumGames (Nier: Automata, The Wonderful 101: Remastered) suggested the company likely wouldn't be interested in being acquired by Xbox Game Studios.
Responding to a question about whether Xbox has been knocking on the company's door, studio head Atsushi Inaba revealed that no discussions have been had between the two parties concerning the matter. In a follow-up, he also suggested that any opportunities that would limit the company's freedom would likely pose an issue:
"We’ve not had any talks like that, but I think even if it was a possibility, we’re now going into more independent self-publishing. It’s not that we’re disinterested in Microsoft, but if the relationship were to be us working under their direction, I feel like that would be the opposite of what we’re trying to do now and limit our possibilities. Any opportunities that would limit our freedom I think we would be
Xbox boss Phil Spencer admitted to Gamertag Radio earlier this year that he wants Xbox “to mean more than it does today” in Japan, backing this up by launching Xbox Game Pass in the country just last month. He's previously stated he'd like to add a Japanese developer to Xbox Game Studios if possible.
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