During Gamescom 2019, it was announced that Microsoft exclusive Ori and the Blind Forest would be coming to the Nintendo Switch. Now, in a statement to GamesIndustry.biz, Microsoft has said that it has no future plans to port its exclusives to other platforms.
The statement reads as follows:
“The past year has been an exciting time for us as we have more than doubled the internal creative teams making up Xbox Game Studios. As these new studios transitioned in, we were aware of some existing commitments to other platforms and will honor them.”
“However, going forward these new studios will focus on making games for our platforms. We have no plans to further expand our exclusive first party games to other consoles. We continue to believe deeply in cross play and progression of games with the right flexibility for developers to insure a fair and fun experience.”
Although the issued statement says that Microsoft has no current plans to expand their first party IPs to other platforms, it says that any previously planned ports to other platforms will be honoured.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that Xbox games will remain solely on Xbox consoles and PC games are restricted to PC platforms, especially with Microsoft’s recent implementation of the PC version of its Xbox Game Pass subscription. It just means that we’re not likely to see any current or future Microsoft IPs on non-Microsoft platforms any time soon.