Current relations between Nintendo and Microsoft appear to be better than ever, but there’s a chance Ori And The Blind Forest might be the last Xbox title published on the Nintendo Switch.
In a statement provided to GamesIndustry.biz yesterday, Microsoft played down the idea of more games from Xbox Studios coming across to other consoles. While the past year has been an “exciting time” for the company, moving forward it has “no plans” to further expand exclusive offerings to other systems. The main focus now is to make games for its own platforms with a handful of newly acquired studios:
The past year has been an exciting time for us as we have more than doubled the internal creative teams making up Xbox Game Studios. As these new studios transitioned in, we were aware of some existing commitments to other platforms and will honor them. However, going forward these new studios will focus on making games for our platforms. We have no plans to further expand our exclusive first party games to other consoles. We continue to believe deeply in cross play and progression of games with the right flexibility for developers to insure a fair and fun experience.
In case you’re wondering, these new studios include Obsidian (The Outer Worlds), Double Fine (Psychonauts 2) and Ninja Theory (Bleeding Edge). Of course, Microsoft will still continue to support Minecraft across all platforms and also has plans to make its services like xCloud available on certain other devices in the future.
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