As if the Bethesda acquisition hadn't got us excited enough earlier this week, Windows Central editor Jez Corden has shared insight into some reportedly big Xbox plans with third party studios in the future.
Speaking as part of the Xbox Two Podcast with host Rand al Thor 19, Corden explained that although he doesn't like teasing things "that are really far out," he knows that Microsoft is involved with some big third party studios right now:
"I know Microsoft is heavily involved with some big third party studios right now for exclusives. Some of the projects I've seen pitched are the kind of games that I'd expect to be, sort of, on the level of, sort of like where Bungie was with Halo back in the day. The kind of 10 year plan sort of thing like Asobo doing with Flight Simulator."
Corden went on to explain that he's seen some things that are "incredibly impressive," but as with all projects planned for the seemingly distant future, it's impossible to know if they're ever going to come to fruition.
Nevertheless, he suggested Microsoft definitely has some exciting plans ahead:
"Microsoft is still moving ahead. I've seen things that are like years out that are incredibly impressive that made me think that some of the studios involved could end up being acquired because of the scale of some of these projects. But it's so early that these things might never come to fruition. You know, I always think back to Scalebound, Phantom Dust, these games that were sort of announced that never sort of appeared. More games than we ever know that never get off the ground or get past the prototype stage.
I don't like teasing things that are really far out because it leads to disappointment but you know, for the sake of the podcast and for you guys, I will just say that Microsoft is always planning things. It's not like they bought Bethesda and thought 'OK, we're done now.' They ain't done. Some of the things they are exploring is just crazy."
All of this sounds like it's in the distant future, but in terms of the immediate present, Microsoft has confirmed on multiple occasions recently that it has more surprises to share from Xbox Game Studios at some point in 2021.
Corden also recently reported that Microsoft will be hosting some kind of Xbox event on March 26th, and it may even offer a glimpse at some upcoming games for 2021, although it's not believed to be a major games showcase.
What are your thoughts on these comments from Corden? Let us know down below.
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I smell lies but I can definitely see things along the lines of year exclusives like tomb raider was, those kind of deals will be needed to keep gamepass fresh and a must have. Like stadia did with a few games
@UltimateOtaku91 Lies? Who Jez Corden from Windows Central? GTFO he ain’t like your moore’s law is ded, crapgamer and mbg. 😂
Incoming bootyhurt sony fans saying microsoft cant do this #itsonlyokwhensonydoesit
@UltimateOtaku91 lies? From jez? lol you must be new here.
@Senua Who said MBG lies?
And there are also rumors that From Software is involved with some unannounced big xbox exclusives. Maybe ... maybe it had something to do with that?
Interesting and i'm fairly excited rn 😀
Remember when Phil didn’t like the idea of exclusives, “not what gaming is about” 😂😂 how times change.
No surprise really if this info is true. GP is the only way forward for Xbox and it needs some new, wider reaching and strong exclusives imo
@Snake_V5 Yo do you really want to start with how many times his lies and fake industry sources got caught red-handed and debunked? 😂
Just because you have hate and bias against Xbox platform doesn’t automatically makes all those lies wash away! All these scared fanboys who are not really invested in Xbox platform but still come here in fear of what Microsoft is up to next. 😂🦄🤮
Awww but its ok when sony does it though huh ?
@Jacko11 No I guess he’s against big AAA timed-exclusives/feature exclusives. I don’t he’s ever against full third party exclusives.
@Senua so why wasn't he against tomb raider, the medium and pubg being timed exclusives?
@Jacko11 Phil? Lie? Surely not 😂 all the big wigs lie to give them a good image but there will be worshipers who believe otherwise. Like you said Phil knew all along that xbox needed new exclusives to survive this gen and keep gamepass necessary as from a hardware stand point xbox aren't going to sell a fat lot again
How many years have I been reading Xbox are about to spoil me with exclusives that arent Forza, Gears or Halo....
Years and now I’m meant to be excited about Unamed projects that are years away.
Let’s see some Bethesda titles before we get carried away with that too. Currently Xbox seem to be good at buying and owning 3rd party devs... but like rare we see very little output. I don’t believe it’s suddenly about to change. I hope I’m wrong.
Rallisport being brought back from the dead would be a start.
@Jacko11 Taking the quote out of context. He was talking about cross-gen games and console generations.
“I find it completely counter to what gaming is about to say that part of that is to lock people away from being able to experience those games. Or to force someone to buy my specific device on the day that I want them to go buy it, in order to partake in what gaming is about. Gaming is bigger than any one device…”
This was about forcing current xbox owners to upgrade. And goes hand in hand with the idea that the xbox series is not MS' main product anymore.
Microsoft is mopping up everything for the good of gaming, 10 years time everyone will be 1 happy gaming family under Microsoft... Embrace it:)
And playstation owners crying... Hmmm completely different to playstations exclusive.. Microsoft are giving everyone options to play there games
@UltimateOtaku91 After Tomb Raider, he has stopped doing that for big AAA exclusives. It’s a short sighted approach altogether. Just make it a true exclusive instead if you have all the numbers.
Very interesting. Can't wait to see what's in store.
Also, it cracks me up to see the butt hurt fanboys trolling here. We get it, you don't like Xbox. Maybe IGN is more your speed.
Not a fan of timed exclusives if that's what this is.
Fair enough if they are funding a fully exclusive game from 3rd party devs. At the end of the day the game wouldn't exist otherwise. A bit like Bayonetta 2 with Nintendo.
But if it's just trying to get 6-12 months timed, then I think that's a ***** practice.
@CrazyJF no need to apologise, we all know both Sony and xbox pay for timed exclusives as its a business at the end of the day and they need to ensure that their product sells, but like with tomb raider did it actually pay off? Did it being exclusive to xbox for a year actually increase the xbox one sales? I honestly think these timed exclusives pay only a very small part in driving console sales
Or maybe they need to go over to pushsquare
I’m hoping for street fighter 6 and final fantasy 17. Microsoft letting sony get exclusivity with sf5 and ffxvi was a big mistake.
@Stocksy I get what you’re saying. But let’s put things in context. The studios that were purchased in 2017 all either had just released or were about to release their projects. They DID release them (some to very high or pretty solid acclaim like wasteland 3, outer worlds, etc.) though they were fulfilling their multiplat obligations. Some of the other new studios which had released games have taken longer to focus and invest new resources under the Microsoft umbrella, including undead labs, compulsion, ninja theory, and double fine. The “low output” is accurate but this is also an age where top tier games take 4-5 years to complete and all of these studios are trying to make top tier games, reaching above their historical quality of output, so we can assume that when the long development periods after 2017-18 come (2022-2023) the efforts will start to be revealed. The list of announced projects alone is massive, let alone some potentially unannounced games.
Basically, the fruits are coming and the proof is there. It’s not like it was before.
@Senua When did I ever say I have hate towards Xbox? I've never heard of MBG lying but I know he's a fraud yes. He was once an Xbox gamer and just because he hated the fact that PlayStation has all the best exclusives he has now jumped to PlayStation. We all know deep down inside he's an Xbox guy through and through, the guy is just kidding himself really if he believes he now prefers PlayStation over Xbox. I can guarantee that if those exclusives were on Xbox, he would never of jumped to PlayStation in the first place.
Is this the same Microsoft that doesn't like exclusive games ?
@TrueAssassin86x yeah, that probably is a better place to go for the Xbox haters since most of them are likely PS fanbois. Either way, this isn't the place that will give them news on their favorite console.
@Would_you_kindly ah but that seems to be the trick, it's not exclusive if you (platform holder) allow gamepass on your platform
@Richnj good catch on the full content of the quote. That’s like people quoting Steve Jobs “Good artists copy, great artists Steal” out of context to make a different point.
@UltimateOtaku91 he had nothing to do with Tomb Raider one; it was already in the works before he took over. The other two you mentioned are Indies that he likes “helping” by buying some exclusivity. They all do that and it’s a good thing for the Indie/Small Dev; it’s pointless when it’s a AAA. The small devs use the money to find the project. We’ve had this conversation.
Anyway, I’m not sure Jez is talking about third party “AAA” as much as paying a dev to make a game for them. He mentioned Scalebound and that IP technically belongs to MS, so that’s not really a “third party”exclusive but “second party”. Which from the sound of it Jez is meaning that but I guess we’ll see.
@Senua is there reason that refer to anyone whose being objective about MS as hater? You’ve outright attacked a few people on this board for being objective, why? Isn’t it better to be cautious about a corporation of any kind?
@Jacko11 I really think with his “no exclusives” line, he was trying to set up that he wants Gamepass to be as many places as possible. He wants GPU on EVERYTHING, so everyone can access it. I don’t think anyone really thought that Xbox was going to stop making exclusive games, right??? It’s really the only thing that makes sense to me, otherwise, they might as well just become a third party publisher.
I don't even see the point of getting into dedicated fanboyism this early in a generation. It's like if one console is doing things better than the other, just get the better console. I don't see the point of this brand loyalty, but then again I mostly see that with Playstation fans.
Love the Xbox Two podcast, If you haven't listened to it yet go give it a listen..
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