Edition The Verge with reference to sources knowledgeable about Microsoft’s plans, shared new details of the company’s as yet unannounced multi-platform strategy.
Recall that rumors that have flared up in recent weeks suggest that Microsoft will begin releasing Xbox exclusives outside of its ecosystem. We are supposedly talking only about selected and not the most high-profile games.
According to The Verge, the rhythm action game Hi-Fi Rush and the historical detective story Pentiment will be the first to lose their status as Xbox console exclusives, while the pirate online action movie Sea of Thieves should be expected on PS5 and Nintendo Switch before the end of this year.
In addition to the three listed projects, The Verge reports, Microsoft is considering porting other games from internal studios to competing platforms: the publication in the past named Indiana Jones and the Great Circle among the candidates.
The Verge reports that Microsoft began to look towards other platforms, including due to the slowdown in the growth rate of Game Pass subscribers – by the end of 2023, according to analysts’ forecasts, their number was 33 million.
Microsoft is allegedly looking for other ways to make money from Game Pass – the key should be the mobile market, for the sake of entering which, among other things, Activision Blizzard was purchased. The company plans to launch a mobile application store for Xbox.
Microsoft’s promised business event on the future of Xbox will take place on February 15th in the form of a special edition of the official podcast, during which gaming executives will share “news about the Xbox business”.