Phil Spencer has stated that Xbox is working “each single day to enhance our line-up of Japanese video games”, so as to “assist convey Japanese video games world wide.”
Speaking in the course of the Xbox Showcase at Tokyo Game Show 2021, the Head of Xbox was requested in regards to the firm’s dedication to Japan by Tango Gameworks founder Shinji Mikami. “It’s an honour to assist [TGS] and our Japanese companions,” Spencer replied. “We’re working with Japanese publishers each single day to enhance our line-up of Japanese video games on Xbox. We know it is actually vital to followers and prospects on Xbox.”
Earlier within the present, Spencer had reiterated that Japan is the fastest-growing market for Xbox anywhere in the world, and it is clear that the corporate needs to make one of the best of that burgeoning curiosity. Spencer factors out that there have been over 100 Japanese titles on Xbox Game Pass, 200 Japanese indie video games within the ID@Xbox program, and that the corporate is actively engaged on console provide points. He additionally introduced that Cloud Game Streaming is launching in Japan on Tuesday.
However, Spencer made clear that the corporate’s curiosity is not simply in rising the variety of Japanese Xbox followers, however to actively change into a part of bringing extra Japanese-made video games to different areas: “We’re excited by the expansion of the Japanese gaming market, and we wish not solely to take part, however to assist convey Japanese video games world wide.”
Xbox has had a famously difficult history in Japan, one thing it is actively been trying to enhance on with the Series X and Series S consoles – and early indicators are seemingly trying good. While Spencer has beforehand performed down rumours that Xbox was trying to purchase Japanese builders, it did get one, Tango Gameworks, when the company bought Bethesda this year.