Posts Tagged with 'gaming'
The all-streaming future is a nightmare I hope never happens. I want to own my media, not rent it. What happens when the streaming service decides to drop a game, like Netflix does to shows now? If the game isn't available anywhere else, players can't play anymore and they'll have no say in it. Indie developers making small games for niche communities won't be able to survive. Netflix is already moving in this direction; it'll be just like TV, blockbuster or bust. You're Game of Thrones/Call of Duty level or you don't exist.
This lines up with my assumptions. Exclusivity sucks, but it doesn't make much sense for Microsoft to make single player games for other platforms, after the dust settles and existing deals are honored. But for subscription games, Microsoft doesn't care where you play because they still get your money and you're adding value to that online space. With Game Pass and xCloud, they've been moving away from a console-focused approach, anyway. They're looking to be the platform or service you play on, regardless of the hardware.
I don't like consolidation like this, but Microsoft has been a pretty good steward of their game studios. It seems they just want to buy studios to make sure they can have a library of games for Game Pass, but they're not trying to control them completely. I'm wary of this deal but not too worried.
Prey is one of my favorite games! I can't believe I didn't think about it when I heard about this deal. If this deal means we get a Prey 2, I'll be ecstatic.