Microsoft Unlikely To Make Its Own Battle Royale Game, Xbox Boss Says

"I don't want to just build one because others have built them."

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Don't expect Microsoft to make its own Battle Royale game. That's according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who said on Twitter this week that he understands that while Battle Royale games like Fortnite and PUBG are massive, none of Microsoft's studios will make their own. That is, unless they can come up with an interesting idea for how to make something compelling.

"Millions are playing [Battle Royale] games right now. I don't want to just build one because others have built them," he said. "[Fornite: Battle Royale] is massive, PUBG is huge, new [Battle Royale] variants being built by some very quality devs, I'd rather support unless we find something special in [first-party] that's a different take."

Spencer's comments seem to suggest that none of Microsoft's studios will create a new, standalone Battle Royale game. But this leaves open the possibility for an exisiting Microsoft game to add a Battle Royale mode or for a new game, like Halo 6, to include one. Nothing is confirmed at this stage, it seems.

It makes sense that Microsoft wouldn't be all that interested in making its own Battle Royale game given its exclusive partnership with the team behind PUBG. If Microsoft were to put out its own Battle Royale game, it would theoretically compete with PUBG, and that's probably not something Microsoft wants to do.

Microsoft's stance sounds similar to that of Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two. Take-Two president Strauss Zelnick said the success of Battle Royale games has been "really interesting" to see. However, he said that he wants his company's labels--Rockstar Games and 2K Games--to blaze their own trail instead of being "derivative" by following in the footsteps of something that came before it. "Titles, even really good titles that are derivative, never seem to do as well as innovations that are unexpected," Zelnick said at the time.

Electronic Arts has also weighed in on the Battle Royale phenomenon. CEO Andrew Wilson said in January that games like PUBG and Fortnite have changed how people think about shooter games. However, EA wants to make something new.

"Given that we have some of the best shooters in the marketplace, you might expect that we're also thinking about new and innovative ways to play," Wilson said. "And that doesn't mean just kind of [making] PUBG replicas inside the Battlefield universe, but it does mean that our Battlefield teams--and I talked a little about this in the prepared remarks--are looking at how they innovate in every aspect of the game, including core gameplay and map design."

In PUBG, Fortnite, and other Battle Royale games, players are dropped into an environment and compete until only one is left standing. It's basically like The Hunger Games.

With E3 right around the corner, it will be interesting to see if any new Battle Royale games get announced or if existing games announce Battle Royale modes. E3 takes place in early June, so it won't be long until we learn more.

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Didn't take long for the rabid fanboys to jump in. I think it's good they aren't making it, pretty much all other BR games that re not Fortnite or PUBG have failed. And they have both.

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Microsoft is busy doing better games to show at E3,

They have the father of 1st Person Shooters.

They have the absolute king of 3rd person shooters

They have the premiere and definitive racing franchise

Can't wait for Ori and the Will of Wisps, Fable 4, Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie Anniversary, Forza Horizon 4 and maybe Halo 6 and Gears 5.

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@michellebennet: Every one of those games has a number after it or is a rerelease. Perfectly encapsulating Microsoft's problem.

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@Thanatos2k: So you want to forget GT Sport is actually the 8th game,

'God of War', the 7th game. Uncharted: Lost Legacy, the 6th game,

Ratchet Clank about the 5th game. The people are hyped for The Last of us 2 (second in the series)

On the Nintendo side, I have lost count of the actual numbers for Zelda BOTW and Mario Oddysey...

So, it seems is not Microsoft Problem... is all videogame companies problem.... and gamers problem, because they still want those sequels.

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@michellebennet: Meh those are pretty much sequels and expected. Looking forward to something new. Or maybe reinvent those old titles. Gears to me is dead. Excellent Single Player but multiplayer is just basic shotgun fest. Halo is interesting, the long absence should hopefully greatly improve the lack luster events that unfolded with HALO 5. Can't wait for the return of Splitscreen.

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@legendaryh1tman: And yet you are excited for sequels like TLOU2, GT, Killzone, Order, Knack, etc.

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@xhawk27: He don't come at me like that. Get on Xbox Live now and send me a party invite you want to talk shit dude. The name is the gamer tag. Because I have something critical to say about a service I support you want to come at me with some fanboy shit? Better catch yo self before you get fucking embarrassed on social media my dude.

I sent you a message if your name is your Xbox Live tag. And if it is, get your gamerscore up and stop talking noise online. Or do your self a favor and divert it from me.

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@xhawk27: TLOU 2 will be great if it can shave some of the annoyances from TLOU 1, GT meh forza is better, Killzone is dead, order as in 1886? Haha no that game was horrible, Knack painfully mediocre. While i disagree with the other guy said before it's his/her opinion.

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Oh boy, a 'Phil Spencer said' article. Should have brought some microwave popcorn to work.

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They want to be Netflix of gaming, so rest assured lots of new IPs are coming. But just like Netflix Original Shows, a lot of them are going to be total filler trash that gets their support cut off after a season. AAA single player block buster games will be split into multiple parts for shorter experience and released like a drip to keep people subscribed. Pretty damn smartmoney making strategy if you ask me! Though in my opinion it would devalue Xbox as a brand.

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Oh...what a fine specimen fanboys are lol

Imagine MS came up with a battle royal game...you all would be like : "MS has no ideas,jumping on a br train,filled with MTs..typical MS".

Or...

MS says " we not doing any br game just coz its popular"...and you are like :"MS has no ideas,cant make any game"!

Reality of fanboy thinking...or do you really think you want another br game?

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good call

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Why would they want to when the premier Battle Royal style game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is currently exclusive to Xbox and Windows? Besides, it's painfully obvious that this is just the latest trend in gaming that will go out of style in a decade at most, if not fizzle out completely within a couple years like how everyone was ripping off Overwatch a couple years ago.

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In other words, Microsoft/Xbox currently is not able to make even half baked garbage BR game based on ready to use prefabs in UE or Unity. Yup, thanks for the truth Phil.

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@g4m1ngon: Halo games don't run on those prefab engines fanboy.

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Fanboys are such a special breed. It makes NO sense for MS to make a Battle Royal game when there is already 2 dominating the market one of which is a console exclusive. Fanboys, use your critical portions of your brain for once.

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Microsoft Unlikely To Make any game

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@borgking1234: Sony unlikely to run any decent game at Native 4k on PS4 Pro

Sony unlikely to have any stable and decent online service on PS4, PS5, PS6 or ever.

Sony Unlikely to make any comfortable gamepad

Sony unlikely to do any consumer-friendly policy ever.

Sony unlikely to do any console that doesn't make noise as a jet and heat as an oven.

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@borgking1234: Thanks for fixing the title ?

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Considering how sparse Microsoft's first party offerings have been the last 8 years, I'm not really surprised. If its not halo, gears or forza, odds are it's not getting made.

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Nope he thinks still single player games don’t sale by way god of war sold. I’m fed up gamespot posting Battle Royale news and by way phil rockstar games doing both single player story game and online as well.

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@playstationzone: Yeah well Rockstar dropped the Ball on single player dlc. Not too hyped for Red Dead 2. I sure the campaign will be good but I doubt a 10 of 10 dlc like Undead Nightmare will should up with the next iteration. Probably just be multiplayer focused like GTA 5 and all its Billions made Micros. A poll was done on youtube, everybody expects them to reduce the physics in Red Dead 2 like they did with GTA 5 vs GTA 4. Though GTA 5 was a step up in visuals than 4. It still left much to desire with the interactions of the world and physics outside of multiplayer.

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@playstationzone: Chill our Tarzan don’t hurt yourself

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@freeryu: I don’t hurt myself.

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Well, can you build SOMETHING new? Your console library is pretty sparse there.

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@Thanatos2k: Not that you care anyways lol

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@freeryu: The Xbox One still does not have a single exclusive RPG on the console. Not ONE.

I own an Xbox 360 because it had exclusive RPGs I couldn't play on the PS3 (though laughably most got ported later to the PS3 because they sold like crap on the Xbox)

If Microsoft put out a high quality RPG I'd have bought their console because I play games, not consoles. But Microsoft doubled down on shooty shoot shootys and racing games, which I couldn't care less about (especially because playing a shooter without a mouse is laughable).

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@Thanatos2k: I didn't ask you all of that lol. Why are you complaining about RPG Xbox One exclusives if you have a PC? Wouldn't you want them to be on PC?

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@freeryu: That's the pathetic part on Microsoft's part. With their no exclusives policy they've now ensured I and others with PCs have no reason to ever own an Xbox. Thanks, Microsoft! It gets cluttered under the TV.

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@Thanatos2k: Nice sidestep lmao

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@freeryu: I answered your question, I'm sorry you don't like the answer. Why are you posting again?

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@Thanatos2k: The real question is why are you posting? Doesn't own an Xbox One but can be found on more Xbox articles than PS4 and PC articles, strange. If not on an Xbox article you're talking about it lol.

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@freeryu: My comment was pointing out that they need to make new games to beef up their console library.

You replied to me. It's like you're admitting you had nothing substantive to say. Got it. Get your last post in.

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@Thanatos2k: Why would you care about their library if you own a PC?? That's like me wanting the Switch to get games even though I'd never buy one.

"nothing substantive to say."

Way to sum up all your post.

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@Thanatos2k: No it's Not It's filled with Multiplat games, and PS4 users Top Exclusives are Horizon zero and "man tomb raider" those games are 8.7-8.5 million sales other exclusives include bloodborne are under 3 million. Even PS4 users are About Multiplatforming.

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@wexorian: I have a PC.

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@Thanatos2k: Just remove the words "battle royals" from the article and title and it reads just as true

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All i see in news every day now is millions of players play Battle Royale games. So f****g what already. Good for them (i mean i hate each and every one of you from the rock bottom of my heart) but even more millions play all kinds of single player games. This kind of talk hypes these unfinished,buggy,ugly, half-product messes into the sky and when you actually try it and see what's all the fuss about you can only say f**k you couple of times onto the screen. I get why people want to play them but it's a fact that there is no high quality to these games whatsoever. Fortnite and PUBG are such a pieces of trash.

Hearing about COD kicking campaign out completely is going to be interesting cause now we can see if this talk about people buying it only for MP is really true. I for one bought every COD just for campaign. True most of them pretty much sucked and i would sell them as soon as i finished them cause they have no replay value but let's wait and see the numbers. I don't know what will Red Dead Redemption 2 bring but hearing about microtransactions and too much focus on MP makes me sick cause RDR was an absolute blast to play. I kind of fear for all the future Red Dead and GTA games cause that company is becoming just like EA. Greed comes as first and only it seems.

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@blood-souls: Abandon most AAA -- smaller studios CONSTANTLY produce amazing single-player games, with a lot more risky ideas. ...and they're almost always cheaper than AAA.

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Oh hi phil. Doing great pr talk as usual.

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Some even better news is i bought Yakuza 3 at gamestop for 30 today!

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@camou504: This news should be on main page, Better news than gamespot :D

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@camou504: HAVE FUN MAN

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@goku_black96666: thanks

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He doesn’t want to make any games other than Forza, Halo and Gears..

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Already have Warzone just build upon that.

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@freeryu: Still an incredibly fun pair or modes to this day.

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