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12 Nov 2020

Xbox Not Looking To Buy A Japanese Studio, According To Phil Spencer

Despite numerous rumours, Microsoft is not looking to add Japanese developers to its Xbox Game Studios portfolio, Phil Spencer has explained.

A prior Bloomberg report had suggested that the Seattle-based firm was looking to follow up on its acquisition of Bethesda parent company Zenimax Media by acquiring a developer in Japan.

In an interview with Gamespot, the Xbox boss noted that the report wasn't “accurate.”

Xbox Not Looking To Buy A Japanese Studio, According To Phil Spencer

“I don’t think so. We’re usually not out there – I say I don’t think so, I’m not in every meeting that every team has – but I’ll say not from me,” Spencer explained.

“Most of the opportunities we’ve had to date have been a long-lasting relationship. And so I don’t think we’re out there with our business cards, throwing them out on the corner trying to find people."

"I’ve talked about my affinity for Japanese studios and thinking back in the day when we had more games that were created in Japan as part of our first-party."

“I’m excited when the deal closes to get to spend more time with Tango [Gameworks] and the work that they’re doing, so it’s an area that I’m interested in, but no, I think that’s not accurate.”

Tango Gameworks, a studio founded by Shinji Mikami of Resident Evil 4 fame, is currently working on Ghostwire: Tokyo – a PS5 timed exclusive.

Spencer had previously expressed an interest in acquiring a Japanese studio, in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz:

“I liked it when we had some first-party capability in Japan. We have a small team there, but I think we can do more.

“That said, through our trips to Japan, I love having Phantasy Star back on our stage with Sega — I thought that was fantastic. Miyazaki-San, before with Dark Souls and now having Elden Ring on our stage… the Japanese creators have shown up more and more.”