The Executive Vice President of Gaming for Microsoft, Phil Spencer, has revealed the company will not be focusing on Battle Royale style games for the Xbox One console. This is largely due to the market already being flooded by successful versions of these survival games.
Battle Royale style games are all the rage right now. These Hunger Games-type titles that pitch multiple players against each other in a fight to be the last man standing are consistently landing at the top of the market. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds climbed its way to the top of the ranks, becoming one of the top 10 best-selling video games of all time. Fortnite has done its part to wrestle PUBG for the top spot, as far as Battle Royale style games go. Fortnite raked in an impressive $223 million last month, an astonishing 75 percent jump over the game's February 2018 revenue. And still, Microsoft is making no plans to get in on this action.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer announced the company's intentions to sit out the popular Battle Royale wave in response to an inquiry via Twitter. When asked if Microsoft had any plans to focus on a Battle Royale game as a first-party title for the Xbox One, Spencer very clearly denied any plans to do so. According to Spencer, the market is already flooded with hugely popular Battle Royale style games. Spencer expressed interest in supporting smaller developers' efforts to create a Battle Royale title. He did give one scenario in which Microsoft would be interested in pursuing a Battle Royale title: If the company can find a way to create a unique singleplayer version, they may reconsider their stance. Check out the full tweet below:
Millions are playing BR games right now. I don't want to just build one because others have built them. FNBR is massive, PUBG is huge, new BR variants being built by some very quality devs, I'd rather support unless we find something special in 1P that's a different take.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) April 29, 2018
While it does seem like common sense for Microsoft to recognize the already saturated Battle Royale market and wish to do something different, it may be a risky step for the company. Xbox is in dire need of first-party games. While there seem to be a few unannounced titles in the works, major releases like State of Decay 2, and possibly Dead Rising 5, could be available on other platforms.
It's certainly hard to picture what the future of Xbox looks like right now. All we really know is what the company won't be doing, which seems to be a lot. There are only a handful of exclusive titles coming, the Kinect is defunct (not that that's a bad thing), and there will be no Battle Royale style titles. Still, Microsoft seems to be planning some huge news for the upcoming E3 convention, so maybe Xbox still has a few tricks up their sleeve.
Source: Phil Spencer/Twitter