Microsoft announced at this year’s Gamescom that one of its Xbox and PC exclusives, atmospheric platformer Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition, will be coming to Nintendo’s Switch later this year. Beyond this, however, it doesn’t look like Microsoft will be releasing more of its exclusive or first-party titles on other company’s consoles.
In a statement to GamesIndustry.biz, Microsoft has said “the past year has been an exciting time for us as we have more than doubled the internal creative teams making up Xbox Game Studios. As these new studios transitioned in, we were aware of some existing commitments to other platforms and will honor them. However, going forward these new studios will focus on making games for our platforms.”
The company added, “we have no plans to further expand our exclusive first party games to other consoles. We continue to believe deeply in cross play and progression of games with the right flexibility for developers to insure a fair and fun experience.” It looks, then, like Microsoft’s games will be sticking to their PC and Xbox platforms, at least for the time being.
This follows the collaboration that Microsoft has been engaged in with Nintendo over the past year or so, during which time Xbox has taken on developers like Ninja Theory, Double Fine, and Obsidian – all of which have titles released or in the pipeline for a launch on the Switch.
Microsoft does have streaming service xCloud on the way, however, with more news to follow in October, and which will extend Xbox’s IP accessibility to other platforms.