Microsoft Won't Announce Any Studio Acquisitions At TGS, Sega Or Otherwise [Update]
Despite rumors suggesting another big acquisition was on the way, Microsoft has stated that it has no such announcement to make.
[Update: Sticking to its word, Microsoft didn't have anything related to acquisitions to share at the Tokyo Game Show. Instead, it detailed a new Japan-focused update coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator and showed off new trailers and gameplay for upcoming Xbox Series X titles. Phil Spencer also said that Xbox Live play has nearly doubled year over year in Japan. With this degree of support, that could increase further. ]
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced another massive acquisition with the purchase of Bethesda and all its properties and studios. Since then, a rumor has suggested that the Xbox parent company was preparing another big announcement at the Tokyo Game Show, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
Rumors suggested that Microsoft was lining up a purchase of Sega and its properties, which today include everything from Sonic the Hedgehog to Persona 5. An announcement at the Tokyo Game Show would've made sense too, given Microsoft's struggles in Japan with regards to Xbox sales. In a summary of what to expect from its showcase, Microsoft shot down the rumors entirely.
…and btw, there won’t be any new acquisition news at the show ⛔— Xbox (@Xbox) September 23, 2020
The rumors became so widespread on social media that it quickly became a running joke. Some unearthed a tweet from Sega's Twitter account from August that was argued as a hint for the announcement, while others embraced the absurdity with connections to some of Microsoft's latest Xbox products.
猛暑が続いているので、タイムラインに涼をお届けします！— セガ公式アカウント🦔 (@SEGA_OFFICIAL) August 15, 2020
The Xbox Tokyo Game Show showcase will include some new looks at Microsoft Flight Simulator, some Japanese Minecraft creator showcases, and more. It will not include any new next-generation news, with Microsoft also confirming that the stream will only be broadcast in Japanese.
After its purchase of ZeniMax Media and its subsidiaries, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella did state that the company was looking at acquiring more studios in the future. Over the past two years, the Xbox Game Studios brand has grown significantly, now including Ninja Theory, Playground Games, Obsidian, and Double Fine. With the purchase this week, that now includes id Software, Bethesda Softworks, Arkane Studios, and MachineGames.
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