Microsoft had a plan to buy Square Enix but something
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Microsoft had a plan to buy Square Enix, but something went wrong

From the documents released during the hearings in the US Federal Trade Commission case against the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, it became clear that the American platform owner had unrealized plans to buy a major Japanese game manufacturer.

    Image Source: Steam (BLASTER)

Image Source: Steam (BLASTER)

Recall that in November 2020, then-Xbox boss Phil Spencer pushed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to allow Sega Sammy to take over. Even earlier, in 2019, the company was targeting the acquisition of Square Enix, the publisher of Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts.

Accordingly documentationThe acquisition of Square Enix served to strengthen Xbox’s presence in the Eastern market, enrich the Game Pass library with the company’s games, including Final Fantasy, and provide exclusive offers for subscribers in the development of the mobile version of Game Pass to help.

    Image source: Microsoft

Image source: Microsoft

In the document (the file with it already exists REMOVED) Also called Providing additional support for Square Enix to develop games from other studios and franchises such as Deus Ex. The rights to the Cyberpunk series, along with other Western assets, were transferred from Square Enix to Embracer Group holding company in 2022.

As with Sega a year later, Microsoft’s deal with Square Enix (the plan was called Project Phoenix) never materialized. In April 2021, the platform owner also wanted to buy IO Interactive (Hitman), Niantic, Thunderful (Steamworld), Supergiant Games (Hades), Playrix and (unsuccessfully) Zynga.

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