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Josh Sawyer on why Pentiment owes its existence to Game Pass: “The old mentality of publishers is focused on higher ROI”
Obsidian Entertainment veteran Josh Sawyer has opened up about the development of Pentiment, a small narrative-driven RPG he recently directed. He explained why this game wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for Game Pass.
Phil Spencer: “We’ll continue to ship Call of Duty on PlayStation similar to what we’ve done with Minecraft”
Phil Spencer has once again opened up about Microsoft’s gaming plans and ambitions. The Xbox head discussed the future of Call of Duty, the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, and the current state of Game Pass.
Microsoft wants to bring more Chinese games to Xbox after missing out on Genshin Impact success
It seems that Microsoft regrets missing out on Genshin Impact, so now it wants to make up for lost opportunities. The company is reportedly scouting for Chinese games to strengthen its positions in the console race against Sony.
Analyst expects Game Pass to reach 100 million subscribers if Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard closes
Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard will likely close by the beginning of 2023. If this happens, the number of Game Pass subscribers might reach 100 million, an analyst believes.
How Microsoft can build content fortress by letting companies place ads in free-to-play Xbox games
It’s been reported that Microsoft is now working on a special program to let third-party companies place ads in free-to-play games. Here is how this move might boost Xbox advertising ambitions and help it build the so-called “content fortress.”
Game subscription services account for only 4% of total player spend of $81 billion in North America and Europe
Although game subscription services are on the rise, they are still relatively small to make a global shift in the industry. When looking at numbers, services like Game Pass account for only 4% of gaming revenue in the North American and European markets.
Microsoft reportedly paid $5-10 million to bring Guardians of the Galaxy to Game Pass
Microsoft has never disclosed any financial information about Game Pass deals. However, a games industry expert stated that the company could have paid between $5 and $10 million to bring Guardians of the Galaxy to its subscription service.
Guardians of the Galaxy skyrockets by more than 200 positions among most popular Xbox games
Guardians of the Galaxy is another example of how Game Pass can boost the audience interest. Thanks to its addition to the library, the title has climbed more than 200 places in the chart of the most popular Xbox games.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision ‘strikes fear’ in indie devs that might be outshined by AAA blockbusters
While Microsoft’s deal to acquire Activision Blizzard is yet to be approved, some indie developers are now raising concerns over its possible aftermath. They worry that the industry’s consolidation might leave them buried under tons of AAA games.
Microsoft had behind-the-scenes negotiations with Apple to bring Xbox exclusives to iOS
Microsoft has tried to convince Apple that it will be great for users to get some AAA games from Xbox on iOS, according to new private emails. However, negotiations about bringing xCloud to the App Store didn’t end well due to some financial and engineering disagreements.