Phil Spencer, Head of the Xbox brand, is not moved with the recent announcement of Street Fighter V being console-exclusive to the PlayStation 4.
Responding to a fan on Twitter, he pointed towards Killer Instinct on the Xbox One and said that he would “rather invest” in a first-party property than negotiate with Capcom to bring the new Street Fighter over their side.
“When we have a 1st party franchise in a genre I’d rather invest in ours,” he said and then went on to explain that “business deals happen” all the time and Microsoft “won’t do all of them”.
Finally he promised to make amends for losing Street Fighter V but didn’t mention how. That probably refers to the new announcements Microsoft is keeping for 2015.
No matter how you look at it, Microsoft losing Street Fighter V is definitely a big blow. However at the same time this can also prove beneficial for the company who can now invest in Killer Instinct and beef up their own exclusive community. With the right cards and calls, Killer Instinct could very well end up as a major competitive brawler franchise on the Xbox One. However, it will still need time to match its community’s numbers with that of Street Fighter.
Earlier this year Microsoft bagged Rise of the Tomb Raider as an exclusive title for the Xbox One. The only difference here is that the game was a timed-exclusive deal and will release for the PlayStation 4 later.