Microsoft might not be making as many third-party deals for exclusive content on the Xbox One in the future, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said recently.
In an interview with the Chinese site Gamecore that was translated by DualShockers, Spencer revealed that Microsoft will be focusing on “investing in first-party,” rather than making costly third-party deals.
My strategy is more around our own first-party franchises, and investing in franchises that we own, and probably fewer exclusive deals for third-party content. I want to have strong third-party relations, but paying for many third-party exclusives isn’t our long term strategy.
This year, the fact that we’re shipping Halo 5, Gears of War, Forza 6, Fable, we can only do that and build that best line-up we’ve ever seen really on the back of franchises that we own. It’s great to have Tomb Raider as part of our line-up, but investing in first-party, you’ll see more of that at gamescom next week, is really core to our strategy.
Do you think Microsoft and Xbox are making a good decision by trying to focus more on first-party content? Take a look at our own thoughts on exclusive third-party deals here.