I’ve sort have become the rumor guy around here, huh? What can I say? I’m fascinated and curious about potential “what ifs” coming true. With that out of the way, let’s look at the next room and it’s a juicy one.
I love Microsoft, the Xbox brand, and Phil Spencer as their leader. Yet despite all of those, which I feel are positives, no one can deny the slump this once dominate company has fallen into. Their biggest hindrance is their lack of consistent first party releases. Both Sony and Nintendo have shown that exclusives are king. They are key to a successful financial year.
There is no doubt that they have original IPs in development but, reasonably, they are years away. It takes time to craft great experiences. Well, if the latest rumor is to be true, Microsoft may have found a very powerful and vast substantial answer.
There are rumblings that Microsoft may be looking to acquire EA and that is a phenomenal idea. Lets examine why.
The seemingly endless list of IPs Microsoft would get would help them to match Sony, who has been incapable of releasing a less than critically acclaimed first party exclusive this generation, and Nintendo, who has arguably the best and largest list of first party library. Should they acquire EA, they would receive some of the following franchises:
Need For Speed
And these are the ones off the top of my head. Also, if they can keep EA’s deal with Disney, the Star Wars franchise. These IPs and the ones they already have, Microsoft would be pretty much unstoppable and gamers would have more time between entries in series. Also, Microsoft would get Anthem, EA’s next juggernaut of wealth, and they could bring back games that only received one entry like Dante’s Inferno. Not only that but they would make millions with remasters of these games exclusive to their console. Mass Effect Trilogy collection, Dead Space Trilogy collection, etc.
EA may be vulnerable due to the massive uproar and backlash they have received from their questionably business practices and Microsoft is desperate to win their fans back, so, I doubt they would apply those bad decisions to these new entries under their banner. Fans have been begging for Dead Space 4 and the next Dragon Age has been all but confirmed to be in development.
The other claim is that they are interested in Valve. That one seems farfetched, I don’t see Valve selling and if Microsoft bought them that wouldn’t really help their lack of IP problems. Sure you’d probably get Left 4 Dead 3 and Half-Life 3 but neither of those would live up to the hype at this point. It would help their expansion into the PC market.
Finally, the acquiring of PUBG Corp. Now, this one only makes sense when looking at their current partnership and the game’s sales figures. It’s very similar to when they bought Mojang and honestly I feel that this is only a matter of time.
I would expect something big to be announced soon because Phil Spencer is determined to be the best and to lead the Xbox brand to the top. If I was Phil, I’d buy them all.