Xbox 360 had a strong start with exclusives made in Japan. Right off the bat, we got games like Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, Star Ocean 4, Tales of Vesperia, Dead or Alive 4 and Ninja Gaiden 2. Despite this, Xbox 360 struggled to sell well in Japan but the Japanese support ensured for some quality exclusives early in the console life cycle. The support for Xbox One hasn’t been this strong though. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer talks about Xbox One support in Japan and ensures that they have some titles in pipeline that will be revealed next year.
Speaking in an interview to Kotaku, Spencer explains their partnership with Japanese developers.
“I’ve been a big fan of our partnerships in Japan,” Spencer said. “Futatsugi just finished Crimson Dragon, and I’m proud of what he was able to do. We’re talking to him about what we might want to do next with him. There’s some interest out there in some older [intellectual property]. Phantom Dust has come up around whether we would want to reboot that franchise. It’s a discussion right now; there’s nothing’s signed. But we’re talking. It does seem like there’s a lot of interest around that. And we have a good long relationship with him and I think that would be good.”
Spencer hints at potential more titles from Futatusgi in the future and talks about a Phantom Dust sequel as well.
Recently, it was rumored that Platinum Games is developing a exclusive game for Xbox One. While we haven’t gotten any confirmation of this rumor, Spencer did talk about “signing some things” that they will reveal next year.
“We have signed some things in Japan that we haven’t announced that we’ll announce in… ’14 so that people get to hear about support in Japan,” Spencer said. He teased that these would be seen as “full Japanese games,” bigger than download titles.
If Platinum Games is really working on Xbox One exclusive, then this definitely makes the console far more attractive as Platinum Games are known to be quality developers and have released a string of well known cult hits previous generation with games like Metal Gear Rising, Bayonetta, Vanquish and The Wonderful 101.
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