Microsoft Has Reportedly Been in Talks with Some Japanese Studios to Join Xbox Game Studios

Microsoft seems to be very interested in acquiring a Japanese studio in the near future.

November 9, 2020

A recent report from Bloomberg reveals that Microsoft has approached several Japanese studios and offered them to join the Xbox Game Studios family.

According to the report, several small and big Japanese studios have confirmed that they have had talks with Microsoft on joining their Xbox family, though they haven’t revealed anything about the result of those negotiations.

Currently, there are some potential teams that work independently in Japan, and they might be Microsoft’s targets already. Microsoft has once offered Platinum Games to join Xbox Games Studios, but the studio heads refused the offer. Right now, Kojima Productions is one of the biggest indie developers in Japan, but it’s going to be a very tough option for acquisition.

It’s been quite a while since Microsoft started to have a special focus on the gaming market in Japan. Earlier this year, Xbox Game Pass finally launched for the Japanese users of the Xbox ecosystem, with Phil Spencer promising more exciting news for Japanese gamers in the future.

By acquiring ZeniMax and Bethesda earlier in September this year, Microsoft actually acquired a Japnese studio as well. Tango Gameworks, which is headed by Shinji Mikami, is a Tokyo-based studio that is now a part of the Xbox family. However, Microsoft seems to want a bigger share of Japan’s gaming market, and one of the best ways to approach it is to acquire some more Japanese studios.

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If anything goes as planned for Microsoft, we will probably hear another shocking news in the near future the same way as Bethesda’s acquisition. It’s interesting how Microsoft tries to challenge Sony and Nintendo in Japan, while the company has a very tight rivalry with both of them in the US market.

Microsoft will officially launch Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S tomorrow, and who knows? There might be a big surprise on the launch day as well.

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