Attack of the Fanboy

Phil Spencer Flags Heavier Investment in First Party Games Over Third Party Exclusives for Xbox One

by Emily Speight


The timed exclusivity surrounding Rise of the Tomb Raider generated a lot of discussion both here and around the net. It seems, though, that Xbox One might be shying away from future deals in the same vein.

“It’s great to have Tomb Raider as part of our line-up”, Phil Spencer stated, during an interview with Gamecore at China Joy 2015, a digital entertainment expo, “but investing in first party — you’ll see more of that at Gamescom next week — is really core to our strategy.”

Just prior to this, Spencer elaborated on this thoughts surrounding Microsoft’s first party titles when asked about exlucsivity, waxing optimistic about the remainder of the year for Xbox One.

“My strategy is more around our own first party franchises, and investing in franchises that we own, and probably fewer exclusive deals for third party content. I want to have strong third party relations, but paying for many third party exclusives isn’t our long term strategy.

“This year, the fact that we’re shipping Halo 5, Gears of War, Forza 6, Fable, we can only do that and build that best line-up we’ve ever seen really on the back of franchises that we own.”

Picked up by Dualshockers, the full interview is available on Youtube and includes discussion on a variety of topics — including the upcoming Elite controller. Make sure to turn your annotations on, as all of the questions are displayed in Chinese.

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