Oh boy Unknown to both players and the press, last year Microsoft apparently tried to acquire the acclaimed Japanese gaming power Platinum Games. The scoop comes directly from the insider information of the Brad Sams industry. A notoriously knowledgeable journalist about all things Microsoft and Xbox.
I'm pretty sure that Microsoft was looking to buy them last year, I guess the deal broke down or they decided to go in another direction.
– Brad Sams (@bdsams) January 31, 2020
Brad Sams casually released the great information of what was happening behind closed doors last year during a Twitter conversation with another character from the gaming industry, Daniel Ahmad, also known as ZhugeEX. Over the years, both have proven to have reliable contacts within the industry, so today's news is quite credible.
It also aligns with the policy of the Microsoft company in the near past. Big M has acquired famous developers from left to right with the aim of strengthening its first-party power. Xbox users have had the misfortune of having a possibly weak game alignment for almost two generations of consoles. While the original Xbox and the Xbox 360 did a great job of securing and creating incredible and defining industry exclusives, towards the end of the last generation things got worse.
With Xbox users noticing how Sony and Nintendo grew stronger and stronger by creating great games themselves, the Xbox brand seemed to lose its focus and identity with the disastrous launch of Xbox One. The new leadership under Phil Spencer managed to regain much good will and steer the Xbox in the right direction again.
As part of that, Microsoft acquired studios such as Ninja Theory, Obsidian, inXile Entertainment and Double Fine. We now know that Platinum Games was on the table to be part of the Xbox Games Studios last year. The Japanese developer is highly respected among the players for offering some of the best action games ever created. Titles like Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Nier: Automata, among others, would have meant that especially the PlayStation and Nintendo players probably couldn't have played more.
However, the agreement was not made, but it remains to be seen if Microsoft is yet to diversify its internal studies with a Japanese developer.