Xbox's Phil Spencer has been talking to Bloomberg today in a new interview, and as part of it, he mentioned that he believes there will be "less and less" platform exclusive games as we move into the future.
Spencer was responding to a question about the decision to continue making Call of Duty available on PlayStation even after the Activision Blizzard deal has gone through, explaining that the ability to "reduce friction" and allow people to play with their friends regardless of the device will be "good for this industry" in the long run.
"...maybe in the short run, there's some people in some companies that don’t love it. But I think as we get over the hump and see where this industry can continue to grow, it proves out to be true.”
That might sound a little strange and/or conflicting at first, but remember that Xbox makes its first-party games available on console, PC and Xbox Cloud Gaming at launch these days, while PlayStation has even begun releasing its first-party games on PC now... so the days of games being exclusive to a single device are definitely going away.
Spencer also talked about the Activision Blizzard deal in general during the interview, explaining that progress on acquiring ActiBlizz appears to be going well, and mentioning "the discussions we've been having seem positive.”
What do you think? Will platform exclusives eventually become a thing of the past? Give us your thoughts.