Microsoft in Japan’s objective mode.
A few years ago when Microsoft lived her darkest years at Xbox One, derided for her lack of exclusives and singled out for her lack of Japanese studio production. And in spite of everything, the newly arrived Phil Spencer announced that Microsoft has the ambition to renew contact and do everything possible to get closer to this country with a strong video game culture.
Today, as the situation improves for the X brand, it seems clear that the wishes and moves associated with the arrival of Phil Spencer at the head of Microsoft’s gaming division are bearing fruit. Proving that the Tokyo Game Show just happened, Xbox played a very important role during the event. An event that, apart from the promise of upcoming exclusives, proved that Microsoft did a good job with the Xbox Game Pass, which was filled with new Japanese games such as Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, two Ni No Kuni opuses, Persona 5 Royal, Fuga: Melodies of Steel , Guilty Gear – Strive, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Special or even the new Like A Dragon – new name for the yakuza saga for those who missed the show.
Polled IGN On future exclusives like Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey of the past, Sarah Bond, vice president of gaming at Redmond, wanted to be clear and renew Microsoft’s ambitions:
“Absolutely. One of the most exciting things is that we now have over 250 developers in Japan working on Xbox. 150 games have already been submitted and 100 of them are part of Xbox Game Pass…”
“So much has happened, but there’s more in the future and I can’t wait to reveal them…”
And among the things that will happen in the future, we must not forget that Hideo Kojima’s game, promised as his dream project, is already on the way. A beacon for many Japanese authors who apparently took advantage of the dialogue with Microsoft to get things right, as Phil Spencer explained. Famitsu :
‟ I have many acquaintances and friends who are developing games in Japan. We have known many of them for a long time. We asked them, “What do you need? » »
“We listened to Japanese game developers and took into account their feedback. I think the desire to make things better has increased the credibility, which has led to games being released on the Xbox. I think this cycle will lead to more games being released in the future and I’m happy with this trend. ”
This is actually an interesting trend for Xbox owners, who can therefore hope for a bright future on the side of Japanese production, even if the Octopath Traveler II seems to shun the firm, just like Final Fantasy XVI bitten off by Sony.[Source : VGC]