My top 7 -
- CD Projekt Red
Negatives aside, 13M sales at full price in ten days after refunds is massive because while their games would be on Game Pass day one, the point is that outside of Rockstar, Nintendo and a few Sony franchises, CDPR would bring in millions of gamers/consumers into the Xbox eco-system and Game Pass. Management would most likely stay but the pressure and rush would be gone completely and with the money, time and resources that Microsoft would have behind CDPR, they could become dominant at a high quality and polished level on an every game consistent basis. Plus, The Witcher IV and possibly a second Cyberpunk game being exclusive to the Xbox eco-system would bring in even more gamers/consumers.
- Crystal Dynamics
- Eidos Montreal
Square Enix doesn’t put as much effort or care into these two western studios compared to their Japanese studios and after The Avengers (seriously, how can they fuck up The Avengers??? SMH) disaster along with Tomb Raider and Deus Ex being on hold for a while, both development studios would be huge for Microsoft. This would include the Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Legacy of Kain/Soul Reaver, Thief and Gex IP’s. I like both of these development studios, enjoyed Mankind Divided and the rebooted Tomb Raider trilogy as well as the two Lara Croft isometric twin stick shooters so getting these two development studios would be huge and add so much value.
I loved Dying Light and looking forward to Dying Light 2 as it’s a great open world survival horror game. With more money, time and resources while not having the pressure due to Game Pass and Microsoft backing them, they could most likely release games in a quicker turnaround than what they’re currently doing now.
- Game Science
A few months into the current generation, Black Myth Wukong is still the most impressive game that I have seen thus far and best of all, it was all actual gameplay that was played by a developer at the studio. This is also supposed to be a trilogy. Game Science is a Chinese based company as far as I know and it may be difficult to acquire them but Microsoft should because that level of talent and at a pure gameplay level as their first demo. Just wow. Extremely impressive. I’m very hyped for Black Myth Wukong.
I like Remedy a lot as they’ve made a lot of great games but haven’t quite reached that excellent bar yet in my opinion. I liked and enjoyed Control more than Quantum Break but I don’t want to see a sequel to either franchise or Alan Wake for that matter. With Remedy acquired, I go purchase the Max Payne IP from Take Two Interactive which appears to be rotting away and have them develop Max Payne 4. Either way, pure third person single player story driven games with excellent gameplay and combat.
I love Housemarque in regards to their twin stick shooters and 2D platformers. I loved Outland. What an excellent game. Dead Nation, Alienation and Nex Machina were excellent twin stick shooters. I would love to see Microsoft acquire them, have them be two studios. One for the isometric twin stick shooters and one for the 2D platformers. They usually complete one of these games on a two year average. Two good sized teams, can get a twin stick shooter one year, platformer the second year, shooter third, etc. Both teams would have a two year development cycle and they’re perfect for Game Pass. Most of all, I want DinoNation damn it!!!