In a post E3 2019 interview, Matt Booty, the head of Xbox Game Studios, talked extensively about Microsoft’s recent acquisition of first party studios and how all of them will fit in its plans for the future.
During the interview with GamesBeat, he talked about just how much fans couldn’t see at E3 2019. According to Booty:
We [Microsoft] had 14 first-party games, which is the most we’ve ever had at E3.
Here’s the full list of 14 Xbox Game Studios Games.
In the past few years, Microsoft didn’t have a lot of games to show at its E3 press conferences. However, at E3 2019, Microsoft wasn’t shorthanded at all. In fact, Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference was the standout of the entire event.
Booty talked about how well equipped Microsoft was at Electronic Entertainment Expo 2019. He also revealed that there is a lot that fans didn’t get to see at this E3 and that Microsoft will be showing that very soon.
“For me, it was cool to know that we didn’t have to scrape the bottom of the bucket to get that many games here. There’s a lot of other stuff we haven’t shown yet waiting in the wings, which I love. Between now and the fall of 2020, there’s going to be a lot of other opportunities to show stuff. I’m glad that we’re not empty. We’ve still got stuff waiting in the wings,” said Booty.
When asked about the speed at which Microsoft has been acquiring these first-party game studios. Especially the games Microsoft gained through studio acquisitions at E3 2019. Booty replied by saying,
I’d say the pace of acquisition has more to do with the kinds of studios that we’re looking for and the fit, as opposed to, “Hey, we’re trying to get so many deals done per quarter.” That’s not how we’re going about it. It may be that we find some studios that fit the mold of what we’re looking for. Again, I feel supported such that if there were to be two of those that we were to find, and they were willing in the next couple months, we’d have the support to do that. But I don’t feel under pressure to go and fill a quota with those.
According to Booty, these acquisitions by Microsoft have already started to benefit the company.
If you look at Ninja Theory and Obsidian and inXile, they were all able to show up and have stuff on stage. That’s great. Hopefully, we’ll continue that, including with our new studio we started down in Santa Monica, our Initiative studio down there. We’ll start to see some stuff they’re working on as well.
When asked whether or not Microsoft would invest in a big venture. A venture that consists of 2,000 people working on a big AAA game such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Booty replied,
I [Microsoft] have one of those. It’s called 343, working on Halo.
In any case, just how fruitful these acquisitions will be for Microsoft all depends on time and quality of the products. Lately, there have been ongoing rumors about Microsoft possibly investing in Relic Entertainment. Relic Entertainment, of course, is best known for strategy games like Homeworld, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War. The Vancouver-based studio has also been working on Age of Empires IV.
Just a few days ago, Phil Spencer said that Age of Empires IV’s development is going quite well thanks to Relic Entertainment. So it is likely that this interest by Phil Spencer will result in an acquisition. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.