Rumors have been swirling around the web over the last few months regarding changes to Xbox subscription services. For example, there was information that Microsoft plans to ditch Xbox Live Gold and focus entirely on Xbox Game Pass. In addition, the company has already confirmed that AAA projects such as Starfield, The Elder Scrolls VI, STALKER 2 and many of its own and third-party games will be available in Game Pass from the date of release.
Simply put, Microsoft is very keen to become the Netflix of video games and is pouring literally billions of dollars into it. According to new information, the company does not intend to stop. It was confirmed this fall that EA Play will be included in the Xbox Game Pass, and now it’s Ubisoft +.
Windows Central editor Jez Corden , who previously reported the inside correctly, tweeted that Ubisoft + could indeed be included in Game Pass, at least from what he heard. In his opinion, Game Pass will have access to a library of old games, but this is only a guess so far.
We estimate that Microsoft has already spent at least $ 12 billion preparing for the next generation. This amount includes the development of the console, the purchase of studios, including Zenimax for $ 7.5 billion, investments in Game Pass and investments in new projects. And it makes sense – the company has multibillion-dollar profits and it really doesn’t want to be back in second position with the new generation of Xbox. Time will tell how this plan will work. At the very least, there will definitely be no end to big titles.
I wonder how healthy the gaming industry will be if a sizable backbone of the big titles migrates to subscription services, dragging a ton of indie projects with them. It is still not clear on what terms Microsoft pays money for games. Because if the time spent becomes the top priority, this will lead to the fact that developers will deliberately delay projects, relying on grinding.