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Xbox: PlatinumGames Squashes Rumours Of Being Purchased By Microsoft

PlatinumGames is one of Japan’s finest video game developers. They’ve built up that reputation over many years, and many games. If any console happens to get an exclusive title from them, it tends to be a huge bonus for their library of titles.

PlatinumGames Denies Rumours Of Becoming A First-Party Xbox Studio

There is one rumour that has floated around the internet that plays into that concept. It states that Microsoft is interested in purchasing Platinum Games and adding it to their first-party studios for Xbox. However, it doesn’t seem like there’s much substance to it.

In an interview with Video Games Chronicle, Platinum Games’ Atsushi Inaba had this to say about these rumours. “I did read some rumours about Xbox wanting to purchase PlatinumGames, and I thought, ‘people on the internet write the craziest stuff’, because that conversation has not come to our doorstep at all,” he said.

Xbox Does Have A Cancelled Exclusive From PlatinumGames In Their Past

Platinum Games does have some history with Xbox, too. They were making a game named Scalebound that was going to be an exclusive for the Xbox One. However, Microsoft ended up cancelling that title. As far as we know, that game is dead and buried for now.

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Hideki Kamiya, who was making Scalebound, joked about the idea that his presence may have turned Microsoft off from purchasing PlatinumGames. “Maybe somebody reminded them that I’m still at the studio, and they were like, ‘right then, forget that! We’re not going to acquire them!’” he said.

Needs To Do Better In Japan

Xbox has been struggling to gain a foothold in Japan. IDC, a market research company, found that only 0.3% of Xbox One’s global sales may have come from Japan. Considering how popular their rivals PlayStation and Nintendo are, this is quite a miserable showing.

Xbox head Phil Spencer has expressed a desire to have a Japanese studio join Xbox’s first-party studios. “I think it would be nice if we found an Asian studio, in particular a Japanese studio, to add [to our studios]. I liked it when we had some first-party capability in Japan,” he told gamesindustry.biz back in June 2019.

As of right now, we don’t know if that’s happening, though.

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