Microsoft isn’t done acquiring studios, and according to Matt Booty, head of Microsoft Studios, they have interest in developers that are capable of bringing “content that is a little different to what our big AAA franchises can deliver.”
Speaking to Gamesindusty.biz, Booty elaborated and said while they aren’t trying to hit a “quota”, they do want to expand the breadth of their titles, especially content that is geared more towards Xbox Game Pass subscribers.
“I don’t want to seem like we’re going out to fill a quota,” Booty explains. “It’s not about filling a spreadsheet by any means. We will, however, have an interest in studios right now that fit this criteria of 50 to 100 people, who are making games on a two to three year cadence, and have content that we think will be of interest to our Game Pass subscribers. That means content that is a little different to what our big AAA franchises can deliver”
“One of the fantastic things about Game Pass,” he concludes, “is that it can support different kinds of content.”
Their conversation goes further into Microsoft’s other recently acquired studios and one of the questions posed at Matt Booty was “Why Ninja Theory?”
“We started looking at studios that are built around creative leads and people. An amazing thing about Ninja Theory is that it is very clear that the studio orbits around ideas and creativity, and the characters, storytelling and settings really come first for them. That just meshes really well with our desire to provide our players, especially those in Game Pass, with content that is new, unique, has variety and sits outside of the stuff we are doing with our bigger franchises.”
He also discussses how he will be visiting Ninja Theory in the near future and that he “was thinking about how the cliche would be to show up and say something like: ‘Welcome to the family’. But I don’t know if that sends the right message. It’s not our intention to pull these studios in and start putting Xbox posters up everywhere. It’s more about giving them the support so that they can focus entirely on making game, and to relieve some of the tension that I think exists for a studio of that size.”
With this news, along with the recent announcement of their Xbox All Access program, Xbox Adaptive Controller, and the rumored next-gen console, codenamed “Scarlet”, Microsoft shows no signs of slowing down and is, in our opinion, playing for tomorrow and playing for the win.
Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN and applauds Microsoft for all they are trying to do to stay ahead of the game. He can’t wait to see where these moves will take them. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.