Microsoft has been snapping up capable game studios of late, with Inxile and Obsidian the latest to join summer acquisitions Ninja Theory, Compulsion, Playground, and Undead Labs. Those new assets, coupled with the platform holder's existing portfolio, demonstrate the company's new-found approach as they look to wrestle the initiative back from Sony and bring more high-quality first-party exclusives to the next generation of Xbox consoles (as well as flesh out Game Pass, no doubt).
Part of the plan, by the sounds of it, is to arm these new studios with big budgets so they have the time and resources to make the games of their "wildest dreams". Well, that's according to a YouTuber by the name of Boogie2988, who recalled a conversation with Xbox's Mike Ybarra. According to Boogie, he asked Ybarra why the company had picked up so many studios at the backend of this console generation. Here's what he said:
He [Mike] said we basically went in there to those companies and said: "what project do you wanna make?" And they are like "what's our budget?" And he's "I don't think you understand, that's not our question, our question is what games do you want to make? We are Microsoft and we have the budget, we just want to know what game you want to do, what are your wildest dreams".
It would certainly make sense for Microsoft to give its new acquisitions every chance of succeeding, and it'll be interesting to see to what extent the studios will be backed. Will they be given enough money to create games that will rival the likes of God of War and Spider-Man? If they do then Xbox fans will be in for some good times ahead.