Microsoft announces 4 Xbox exclusives, Activision Blizzard titles on Game Pass for PS5 and Nintendo Switch


Four first-party games from Microsoft will launch on Sony's PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch, the company confirmed late Thursday after weeks of speculation that it would release its exclusive titles on rival platforms. The announcement came on the official Xbox Podcast from Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, who also shed light on the reasons behind Xbox's business decision and confirmed that a next-generation Xbox console was in development. Microsoft has yet to reveal the four Xbox exclusives coming to PS5 and Nintendo Switch, but The Verge reported that the said games will be Hi-Fi Rush, Penitentiary, Sea of ​​Thieves, and Grounded.

Spencer addressed rumors regarding the future of Microsoft's first-party titles and Xbox exclusivity, confirming that contrary to reports, triple-A Bethesda releases like Starfield and the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Great Circle will remain as Xbox and PC exclusives. Will stay. “We've decided that we're going to take four games to other consoles, only four games,” the Xbox chief said on the podcast. He explained the decision to port four unnamed games to rival consoles by confirming that Xbox would not fundamentally change its typical strategy. “We think it's an interesting time for us to use some other platforms to help grow our franchise,” he said.

While Spencer avoided naming the four Xbox exclusive titles set to launch on PS5 and Nintendo Switch, a report from The Verge, citing sources close to Microsoft's plans, claimed that these include Hi-Fi Rush, Pentiment , Sea of ​​the Thieves and Grounded . , The first three of these were also previously reported to be coming to Sony and Nintendo's platforms. There are no specific release dates or launch windows for these games, but Spencer said that their respective developers have announcements planned “not too far away.”

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Hi-Fi Rush is rumored to be coming to PS5 and Nintendo Switch
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However, the Xbox chief did elaborate on the process of selecting the four yet-to-be-confirmed games for the multi-platform transition. The company considered games released a year ago that have been on Xbox and PC for a while. Two of the games selected are community-driven games, Spencer said, while the other two are smaller games that were not created as platform specific. “As they realize their potential on Xbox and PC, we see an opportunity to use other platforms as a place to get more commercial value from those games, allowing us to make future iterations, or sequels, of those games.” Those, or other similar games in our portfolio,” Spencer said. “And we don't hurt Xbox and we can grow our business by using other platforms to help us do that.” We are. We are going to do that.”

However, Spencer cautioned players on rival platforms that Microsoft's change in strategy does not mean that all or many Xbox exclusives will be coming to PS5 and Nintendo Switch going forward. Apart from the four titles already confirmed, no other games are currently being considered for multi-platform launch.

In the broader podcast, Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty also reiterated that Game Pass will only be available on Xbox on PC. Additionally, Xbox president Sarah Bond also announced that Activision-Blizzard games will soon be coming to Xbox Game Pass, starting with Diablo IV on March 28. Microsoft acquired Call of Duty maker Activision-Blizzard in a $69 billion deal late last year after a long-running regulatory tussle. Battles with the US Federal Trade Commission and the UK Competition and Markets Authority. Bond also confirmed that Xbox Game Pass has reached 34 million subscribers.

Earlier this month, reports of Microsoft's first-party games coming to PS5 and Nintendo Switch unsettled the Xbox community, with many questioning the future of the platform. Major exclusives like Bethesda RPG Starfield and the recently announced Indiana Jones game were said to be under consideration for PS5 launch.

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