Michael Worosz, head of Take-Two’s Private Division, a label started specifically to fund and publish similar mid-tier games, said in an interview with MCVUK, also adding that even in the event that they do prove Game Pass’ worth, not every studio will be up for an acquisition anyway.
“Right now it seems clear that Microsoft is trying to accrue value to their Game Pass value proposition, by having uniquely available content there,” he said. “I think that makes sense to a degree, I think they’re going to have to demonstrate Game Pass’s growth over time to be able to continue to do acquisitions like this, and if it does work for them, then I can see them doing more acquisitions to build out exclusive content.
“Certain developers want to to be independent for that reason, they’ve worked at larger companies and want to be able to control their own destiny to a larger degree, they want more creative freedom. Having a larger corporate parent, particularly one with a trillion dollar market cap like Microsoft, sometimes gets in the way.”