So as an Xbox fan boy, a couple of years ago when Microsoft launched Game Pass and went on that studio acquisition spree I got super excited. I was convinced that Microsoft was ready to really compete with Sony for market dominance this coming generation.
Now that we’ve seen what most of these studios are working on I’m much less enthusiastic because most of these games look more like “AA” games that come out of a THQNordic then the masterpieces developed by Sony’s studios. So my question is, given that Microsoft is no longer courting consumers willing to spend $60+ on a new title, is anyone else growing concern that their first party studios won’t be given the budgets that Sony gives theirs? I was convinced that Microsoft was working on their answer to Last of Us and God of War but now I’m just not convinced that, given their business model, they can justify giving their first party studios 5 years and hundreds of millions of dollars in order to make games that rival what Sony offers.