January 29, 2023

A senior gaming government at Microsoft steered that unique Japanese video games are in growth for the Xbox.

Sarah Bond, Microsoft’s company vp of the Xbox gaming ecosystem, was requested throughout an IGN Japan dwell stream on Saturday if Xbox house owners ought to look ahead to unique Japanese video games printed by Xbox sooner or later, resembling Blue Dragon for Xbox 360 and Misplaced Odyssey.

“Fully,” Bond replied. “One of many issues that basically excites me is that we now have over 250 builders in Japan growing video games for the Xbox. 150 already despatched, 100 of them are in Recreation Cross and we [recently] has to announce 15 titles made in Asia and 13 in Japan.

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“A lot has occurred, however extra will occur sooner or later and I am unable to wait to disclose this to all of you when it begins popping out.”

Blue Dragon (2006) and Misplaced Odyssey (2007) have been unique Xbox RPGs created by Mistwalker and Ultimate Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.

Microsoft has made a brand new effort in Japan with the Collection X|S. Consoles have been launching concurrently different territories, and Phil Spencer made a dedication from the begin to higher serve the Japanese gamers of this console technology.

Whereas the Xbox consoles proceed to underperform the PlayStation 5, gross sales of Xbox consoles in Japan have exceeded expectations in latest months, with the Xbox Collection X/S outselling the Sony console twice per week, in mid-Could and once more in June.

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Microsoft’s head of gaming was requested about Xbox’s relationship with Japanese players in a separate interview with Famitsu on Saturday.

“I’ve many acquaintances and pals who make video games in Japan,” he stated. “A lot of them we all know for a very long time, and we requested: “What do you want for our platform?”

“We listened to the Japanese recreation makers and obtained suggestions. I believe the truth that we have been capable of get higher led to belief, which in flip led to video games being launched on Xbox. I believe this suggestions will result in many extra Japanese video games sooner or later and I am enthusiastic about this development.”

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One of many builders the Xbox group visited this week was Kojima Productions, which introduced earlier this 12 months that it was engaged on a cloud recreation unique to Xbox.

“Kojima-san and I’ve recognized one another for a few years,” Spencer informed Famitsu. “He has some new concepts for the gaming expertise and we determined to accomplice with him as a result of we need to deliver them to life on our platform.

“At the moment I visited Kojima Productions and had the chance to see the early levels of the undertaking, which was very thrilling.”