Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s head of Xbox, confirmed that Microsoft will continue to acquire new studios, particularly in Asia, according to a new interview with foreign media outlet Eurogamer.
Asked if he was still watching the studio acquisition, Spencer replied: “Yes, there are a lot of good developers now.” Our business will continue to grow. The company is very supportive of what we are trying to build. Microsoft sees gaming as a key pillar of consumer interest and the company’s overall strategy. We are getting a lot of support from Nadella, Amy Hood and the board, and we’re running a good business now, so we’ve got the right to continue to seek to acquire the studio.
We now have studios in Canada and the United States, and I think we have a vacant seat in Asia. I’ve spoken to Matt (the head of Xbox Game Studio) before, and I’ve said it publicly. I’d love to have Asian developers make an impact on our first team. It’s not too urgent at the moment, so it’s not a preview of anything. “
Microsoft’s Xbox division has now brought together 15 studios:
Xbox Game Studios Publishing
Turn 10 (Forza)
The Coalition (War Machine)
Rare (Sea of Thieves)
Ninja Theory ( HellBlade)
inXile Entertainment (Wasteland)
Compulsion Games (we happy Few)
Undead Labs (State of Decay)
Playground Games (Horizon)
Double Fine (Psychonauts)
The seven studios behind it, with the exception of Double Fine in 2019, were acquired by Microsoft in 2018.