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Microsoft's Matt Booty: 'Goal With Studio Acquisitions is to Provide Content for Game Pass'

Microsoft's Matt Booty: 'Goal With Studio Acquisitions is to Provide Content for Game Pass' - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 July 2019 / 2,599 Views

Microsoft has been pushing its Xbox Game Pass service with making new first-party titles on the subscription service day of launch and it appears all the new studio acquisitions over the last couple of years is to support the service. 

Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty speaking with GameSpot was asked if the company would consider releasing multiplatform games if approached by one of its first-party studios. 

"I think we would first of all look at everything on a case by case basis," said Booty in response to the question. "It is, to be clear, the goal with these studios is to provide content for game pass and to provide support for all the new things that we talked about today. Everything from Mixer to Xbox live gold to Xbox... we've got the Game Pass Ultimate with streaming and everything.

"Our job as first-party is really to be there first with all of that. At the same time we have a great relationship with Nintendo, a great relationship with Sony, and if it made sense I don't want to rule that out but to be clear, our main mission is going to support game pass."


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42 Comments

Azzanation (on 14 June 2019)

It makes sense for a buisness stand point. It explains why they have been purchasing smaller studios instead of bigger ones. GamePass is going to be pushed on all platforms to, not just Xbox and PC.


Random_Matt (on 14 June 2019)

Yes, we know game pass equals quantity over quality. The main problem with subscriptions, especially when it comes to video game budgets.


Colocho (on 14 June 2019)

This right here... and that is my biggest concern with the industry moving in this direction. IF everything becomes a subscription based service, we can kiss the big blockbuster single player games good bye... "single player games r dead" memes aside... there would b no incentives for a company to spend LARGE sums of money in them...


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DonFerrari (on 14 June 2019)

Thank god Sony proves with every game selling a lot that SP still can sell great.


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Azzanation (on 14 June 2019)

Halo Infinite is coming to GamePass, that doesnt look like a low budget title....


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Mr Puggsly (on 15 June 2019)

People keep forgetting Game Pass is not the entire revenue for games. People still buy games as well.

If software 1st party sales die because of Game Pass, then they must have a massive number if subscribers.

Do the math, if they have millions of subscribers then they could potentially generate billions to fund games in a generation.


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hiccupthehuman (on 15 June 2019)

Many people crying about quantity over quality... Sounds like people who aren't keeping up with what GamePass is getting. Here are the types of games that are coming to Game Pass nowadays: Monster Hunter: World, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Metro Exodus, Prey, The Outer Worlds, Fallout 4, Alien: Isolation, .... Yeah there are the smaller AA titles obviously but it's far from shovelware. 343, Coalition, The Initiative, Obsidian. Playground, Ninja Theory (mostly) will all be AAA. How many Sony studio are actually AAA nowadays? Naughty Dog, Santa Monica, Guerilla, Bend, Sucker Punch, PolyPhony, Japan Studio (mostly). That's pretty much it. It's pretty much going to even out.


DonFerrari (on 15 June 2019)

All the good games you listed for Gamepass aren't first party.
People are talking about the bad state the first party of MS have been seeing in critical reception and sales (that in VGC is Always downplayed as if Gamepass made it lose a lot of sales, but suddenly in this article they aren't losing that many sales).


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hiccupthehuman (on 15 June 2019)

Yes those games aren't first-party, but my point was that those are the types of games MS is trying to get on GamePass. MS had to approach all those publishers, and didn't ask them for their small A-AA games; they came and asked for their AAA games to be on GamePass. Considering this, it is safe to assume that MS wants to make their own AAA games to be on GamePass. People are only going to get tired of their subscription to GamePass for so long if they only get smaller less exciting titles, and the way more and more AAA games get announced for GamePass every month, I believe MS knows this too.


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Angelv577 (on 14 June 2019)

It was pretty obvious MS is looking into quantity over quality.


Azzanation (on 14 June 2019)

Except some if those acquisitions are quality studios which will provide quality games.


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Angelv577 (on 15 June 2019)

Remain to be seen if they are going to make new AAA exclusive games and not bleeding edge type of games which is not what I considered quality games and not fillers to avoid making AAA games just because of gamepass.


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Azzanation (on 15 June 2019)

Would you consider Overwatch to be a quality game? Bleeding Edge would be in a similar bracket. Time will tell, but we know Rare, Coalition, Initiative, 343, Turn 10 and Playground games will continue doing what they are doing, making AAA games.


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Angelv577 (on 16 June 2019)

I am looking for something more than just halo, gears or forza and so far, I havent seen anything that tell me MS is going to bring new AAA games at the same quality as.those games but at the same time it is new ip. I see bleeding edge as something safe for xbox and tell me MS is just scared of doing something out of their confort zone and has high production value. MS is just getting predictable with the type of games they are investing. That is what I feel with their push of gamepass.


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SuperRetroTurbo (on 14 June 2019)

I'm starting to see what they're doing here. This move is undoubtedly a test run for future digital consoles. They're thinking if they can get virtually every accessible title into streaming then the console would be recognized for it's library. And what a great analogy. All of your titles under one roof. And it makes sense with the recent acquisitions of studios supporting Game Pass.


EricHiggin (on 14 June 2019)

XBOX ONE


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DonFerrari (on 14 June 2019)

It was obvious, and that is a reason to expect most of these games to be A tier instead of AAA.


Mr Puggsly (on 15 June 2019)

Wasn't the problem before Game Pass the lack of AAA content? Many of you speak and don't think for two seconds. Their software revenue is from sales AND Game Pass. Millions of Game Pass subscribers alone can fund AAA content.

Here's the thing, MS didn't have enough studios making AAA content. Now they have added multiple studios that have made AAA content. This about this for a moment... did MS buy studios that have made AAA content simply to produce more A tier content? Let that bounce around your head a bit.


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DonFerrari (on 15 June 2019)

You are the one not doing the math. If they can make only 1 or 2 AAA game per studio during a gen then that will be little content on gamepass and people will pay the 5-10 bucks the month the game releases and take out, so much less than the 60 revenue of a purchase.

For the model to work they need to create much more content, and to do it that would need to be A level and fast so there is exclusive content almost every month to have people keeping the sub all the time.


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Mr Puggsly (on 15 June 2019)

It depends on how many active subscribers that have overall, genius. You simply want to believe the millions of subscribers Phil claimed they have are just people subscribing for a month or whatever.

You also speak as if all the sales of they game are dying. You know that's not happening, we just saw Forza Horizon 4 sell great along with Game Pass.

MS just bought a bunch of studios. Some will create AAA content, some will create A tier content, some game 3rd party content will may continue to launch on the service and it will always be collection of older games to play as well. The service can add new content regularly along with a collection of notable games.


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hiccupthehuman (on 15 June 2019)

343, Coalition, Ninja Theory, PlayGround Games, Obsidian, The Initiative will all make AAA. Of course there are going to be smaller studios to fill in the gaps between the big AAA games.


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DonFerrari (on 15 June 2019)

When was the last time MS gave any hard number on sales of console, Gold sub, game sales, etc? Do you have the number of recurrent subscribers for Gamepass?
We have for PS+ (about 40-45M) and PSNow (under 2M).


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Mr Puggsly (on 16 June 2019)

What you're saying is irrelevant, just grasping at straws. Also, Sony recently said PS Now has less than a million subscribers, it was in some offical document. Which I suspected because its older games.

Phil said Game Pass has millions of subscribers. I would guess he meant 2 million. Naturally the service offering new games should appeal to more people.


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DonFerrari (on 17 June 2019)

Yet you won't be able to show a single evidence of hard number to anything xbox right?


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Mr Puggsly (on 18 June 2019)

I would love hard numbers from MS but its not important to THIS discussion, you're just using it as a distraction.

Frankly, 1st party studios only release 2 - 3 AAA games a year. Partly because 3rd party studios tend to release AAA games almost every month, sometimes numerous in a month. There are so many notable 3rd party games that Sony and MS just buy exclusive advertising.

I literally subscribe to Game Pass because its cheaper than buying all the exclusives that launch on the service. I bet a lot more content has launched on the service than you even realize. Smaller tier games and even 3rd parties games have launched on it, they just don't get as much attention as AAA games.


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DonFerrari (on 18 June 2019)

So basically because you can't provide a number you say it doesn't matter after before saying how good they are.


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Mr Puggsly (on 18 June 2019)

The only numbers I gave are what Phil claimed Game Pass had. That doesn't mean we need to compare Sony and MS. You turned it into a console war discussion because you're grasping at straws and keep doing it. When you have a ridiculous bias people tend to make dumb responses in my opinion.

Now let me get you back on track. I'm simply saying millions of active Game Pass subscribers could generate billions in revenue. Game Pass can fund AAA games and also make people more engaged with Xbox exclusives while spending less. I know it sounds weird but this is how subscription services work and why they've become a crucial part of profits.


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Machiavellian (on 14 June 2019)

Its the Netflix model and its proven to be successful. I believe I keep my Netflix sub more because they have great original content now then your old blockbuster movie that get on the service.


Cerebralbore101 (on 15 June 2019)

Yes, so more studios to make bad games like Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, and Sea of Thieves.


Azzanation (on 15 June 2019)

State of Decay 2 and Sea of Thieves are not bad games. Games that arent for you would be better said.
CD3 MP is bad however solid campaign so depends what you like. Also have you even played those games?


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Cerebralbore101 (on 15 June 2019)

I'm willing to play almost anything with the exception of sports titles, racing games, and a few looter shooters. Had any one of those games gotten good reviews, I would have at least picked them up on PC. I haven't played those games, but the majority of reviews for them were negative. State of Decay 2 was released in an unfinished state, and Sea of Thieves just didn't have anything to do. Since they are all on Gamepass, I'll sign up for a month one of these days, and let you know what I think after at least 5 hours playtime in each.


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Azzanation (on 16 June 2019)

I reckon playing the games before jumping on the hate band wagon. Not all games are going to be for everyone nor will they all be masterpieces. To say something is bad before even trying it is premature plus never let critics decide your purchase or you will miss out on alot of hidden gems.


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Cerebralbore101 (on 16 June 2019)

There is no hate bandwagon. I simply saw the reviews were bad. Should I experience everything for myself and take nobody's word for anything? Guess I better go watch all the Tyler Perry movies, before I say that they are bad. There are a few hidden gems out there but most of the time the critic's consensus is right. And hidden gems usually get okay reviews, not a majority of bad reviews, like these games did.


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Azzanation (on 16 June 2019)

If you want to call something bad than yes you need to play them for yourself to earn that opinion. Thats why its called an opinion, its your personal take on something, but if you have no personal experience with something than you calling calling something bad is unwarranted. Yes you need to see Tyler Perry movies, you never know, you might like them.


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Cerebralbore101 (on 16 June 2019)

Opinions don't need to be earned though. Ultimately opinions (as in subjective, and not factual) are neither right nor wrong. They just are. The closest you can come to being wrong about an opinion, is if you are in the minority, but even that doesn't qualify as wrong. If a large enough group of people that you respect say something is bad, then that is enough to have the opinion that it is bad. Even factual truth works this way. I don't need to verify everything single last thing on the planet, in order to believe something. If I find court documents saying that so, and so killed so and so, then that is enough evidence to believe it. I don't need to go to the crime scene myself, and personally verify it. That's what you're saying though, that nothing has merit, unless we verify or experience it ourselves.


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Azzanation (on 16 June 2019)

A crime scene is different to a launch day meta score. For example, have you played those games mentioned above after all the bug fixes and added DLC? Meta does not change however games do and in this case, you have based your opinion on a score thats invalid to games that have fixed majority of issues those games launched with. Its why you need to play the games because metascores are not accurate anymore for the modern age.


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Cerebralbore101 (on 16 June 2019)

Most games have an accurate Opencritic score (who still uses MC these days?) years after launch. Few games outside of multiplayer GaaS type games can potentially change past their OC Score. But I do see your point, when it comes to SoD2, and SoT. Since they are GaaS type games, there is definitely potential for them to grow beyond their initial OC scores. That can of course work in reverse, as seen in Destiny 2, Chromehounds, or pretty much any multiplayer-only game. A new DLC pack that unbalances a good multiplayer-only game, can take it from good to awful pretty quickly. I remember when LoL was broken nonsense around launch. I also remember when it was balanced with a large number of champions and good. And I remember when there got to be too many champions to keep track of. The game became a toxic cesspool of players, with a meta that was too complicated for newcomers to ever hope to learn.

Anyway, I will get Gamepass eventually and at least give SoT/SoD2 a 5 hour whirl.


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Thisguywhokills (on 15 June 2019)

Garbage IN Garbage Out


Cerebralbore101 (on 15 June 2019)

Ah! So that's why Ninja theory's talents are being wasted on a throwaway multiplayer melee game!


Azzanation (on 15 June 2019)

Ninja Theory had this game in the works since early 2010s... its there game and stated they wanted to release it. Didn't you watch the reveal. It seems with enough funding from MS they can complete some of there older projects.


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Cerebralbore101 (on 15 June 2019)

I watched the reveal. If they made Hellblade on their own, they could have made this on their own. I honestly think they just shelved it, and are only now claiming that they always wanted to finish it . Marketing is marketing after all.


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Azzanation (on 15 June 2019)

That's an assumption on your behalf. However if what was said on stage true which makes alot of sense than NT are benefiting the funds they are receiving from MS.


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