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Microsoft could bring first-party titles to rival platforms

Xbox chief Phil Spencer has refused to rule out bringing Microsoft's first-party titles to rival platforms in the future.

Chris Kerr

November 6, 2017

1 Min Read

Generally speaking, console exclusives are exactly that: exclusive. They're top-tier titles designed to woo consumers to one particular system, but Xbox chief Phil Spencer says that might not always be the case. 

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal (via ResetEra), Spencer didn't rule out one-day bringing Microsoft's own first-party games to other platforms. 

It's a vague statement, one that could potentially mean franchises like Halo, Gears of War, Forza, and yes, even Viva Piñata, could make their way to rival consoles. 

According to Spencer, he's recently been tasked with reaching players on all devices, as opposed to simply using "gaming to make Windows more successful." If that means bringing key franchises to competing consoles, well, never say never. 

It wouldn't be an totally unprecedented move, either. Microsoft has already pushed Minecraft (which it bought for $2.5B back in 2014) on other platforms including iOS, Switch, and PS4, enabling cross-platform play in the process.

Of course, Minecraft was developed by a third-party developer and later bought by Microsoft; it remains to be seen how far the company will let its homegrown franchises stray from the Xbox ecosystem.

Accordingly, Spencer took to Twitter today to clarify that while Microsoft does ship Minecraft on other platforms, it currently has no plans to do so with any other Microsoft-owned franchises. 

About the Author(s)

Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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