The ultimate authority behind Xbox wants an industry with “less exclusivities” and more cross-platform play. Will it be the end of exclusive games?
Phil Spencer changed the modern history of Xbox, there is no doubt about that. Since his arrival on the green strip in 2015, the manager has taken great ideas out of his hat, such as Game Pass, Xbox Cloud Gaming, or the Xbox All Access bundleamong other.
If there is one thing Phil advocates for, it is the preservation of video games, ensuring that everyone can enjoy them, no matter what platform they play on.
He has recently made quite a few headlines in his interview with Bloomberg. For example, he claims that the purchase operation on Activision Blizzard is very close to completion.
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As a result of this, it must be remembered that sagas such as Call of Duty will continue to launch their deliveries on PlayStation and even Switch. In other words, the acquisition does not imply any exclusivity (with Bethesda, for example).
Phil Spencer has repeated on more than one occasion that exclusives don’t keep you up at night. And in this interview he makes it clear what the future of the video game industry will be, whether we like it or not.
To begin with, the Microsoft manager affirms that the industry will be more inclusive and the majority of titles will be launched on all platforms. There will be fewer and fewer exclusive games.
”Maybe in your home you buy an Xbox and I buy a PlayStation and our kids want to play together and they can’t because we bought the wrong piece of plastic to plug into our TV.”.
Spencer believes that fewer exclusivities will be a good thing for the industry. Crossplay is one of his greatest wishes, which would completely break the existing barriers between the PC, mobile phones and the different consoles on the market.
”Maybe in the short term, there are some people in some companies who don’t love the idea. But I think as we get over the hump and see where this industry can continue to grow, it will prove to be for the best.”, says Spencer on the topic of exclusivities.
Starfield and Redfall are two of the exceptions before this ideology of Phil Spencer. Both games are exclusive to Xbox and PC, in the same way that Deathloop and Ghostwire were exclusive to PS5 on consoles.