Just when we thought they were done, Microsoft appears to be looking to acquire more studios, including at least one Japanese studio. In recent years they have acquired studios such as 343 Industries, who took over development of the Halo series from Bungie, to ZeniMax which they acquired earlier this year for $7.5 billion. In this deal Microsoft also acquired every studio ZeniMaxMedia has acquired over the years including the widely popular Bethesda Studios, who overlook games such as the Fallout series and Elder Scrolls series as well as Bethesda Software and ZeniMax Online Studios which develop online heavy games like Elder Scrolls: Online.
Every Studio That Now Calls Xbox Game Studios Home
The aforementioned, Bethesda Studios also has Bethesda Softworks, their in-house publishing division. Arkane Studios, Compulsion Games and Double Fine Productions are also part of the Xbox Games Studios umbrealla, adding Dishonored, We Happy Few, Psychonauts and Brutal Legend to their growing library of titles. Other studios include InXile Entertainment, MachineGames, Mojang Studios, Ninja Theory, Obsidian Entertainment, Playground Games, Rare, Tango Gameworks, The Coalition, Turn 10, Undead Labs, World’s Edge and Xbox Game Studios. Some studios such as The Initiative and Roadhouse Studios don’t have any games released yet but are working behind the scenes to bring new games to the platform. Studios like Xbox Game Studios Publishing work with developers inside the Xbox Game Studio umbrella to help bring their games to life on Xbox.
So Who or What Else Is Microsoft Going to Acquire?
According to reports from Bloomberg, Microsoft has had talks with multiple studios in Japan about absorbing them into the Xbox Game Studio family as well. While no Japanese studio has been named, some of the biggest studios in Japan are Square Enix, Bandai Namco, Konami and Capcom. All very well-known for much older titles but are all very much contenders in this possibility of being acquired by Microsoft. Square Enix is behind some absolutely huge original games like Final Fantasy to games made in association with others like Disney and Marvel with the Kingdom Hearts series and Avengers. Bandai Namco has released some classics such as Pac-Man but also has the licensing right to some major anime titles giving them an entire market of games to release just in that realm include Dragon Ball, One Piece and Naruto. Konami has a large variety of genres under their belt, from Frogger to the Metal Gear franchise. Finally, Capcom is attached to some big titles as well like Resident Evil and Street Fighter. They could also grab some smaller studios but being that many of them have partnerships with Nintendo, but since the addition of mature rated games on the Nintendo Switch, anything is possible I suppose.
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