They should fill out holes Xbox own studios can’t fill. So get some family friendly games from Playtonic, Sumo or Frontier, maybe a platformer or a social game like 1 vs. 100.
Also produce some fan service. I’m not a fighting game fan but Killer Instinct should be revitalized. And give Remedy another chance with Alan Wake 2, with game pass it doesn’t really matter how long they take.
I really think now is the time for Microsoft to try to start a new JRPG franchise with a Japanese dev partner. Nintendo was able to build the Xenoblade series from scratch and Sony has all but abandoned the genre outside of the occasional moneyhatted venture.
from the looks of the recent Phil interview, Lost Odyssey might as well be dead given how he talked about “Mistwalker were great but looks like they have different ambitions now” or something along those lines, probably referring to them doing stuff for Apple Arcade. So maybe that franchise and the developer are out of the question, which is a bummer, but something new is definitely in need.
I’d like for them to help for studios with their debut games like they did with Moon, Interior nights, Playground with FH1 etc. I think it’s exciting to see more talent, and the fact they are a new studio means there aren’t much expectations for it anyways. I’d hope it would be too hard as it would for long standing developers.
Though they should also have a AAA XGSP title every year as well. That way they can have more diverse games and it can fill the genres they don’t have studios for.
In the long term it can build a relationship that might convince those devs to sell to MS when the CEO wants to sell or they are nearing bankruptcy, or to just keep making deals like insomniac and Playgrounds were for a while.
Conker is nothing without the rather explicit crude humor, so a studio like Playful that primarily makes children-friendly games doesn’t fit as good with Conker. I think the only studio that has the kind of history with similar games both in genre and tone that can pull it off is Double Fine, so if a new game in that series had to be made, they’d be the best fit for me.
I think they definitely need Japanese games like they did on 360, a FromSoft game and/or a new Ninja Gaiden from Team Ninja. Maybe a big JRPG/Lost Odyssey 2.
It’s been mentioned before but I think Toys for Bob could work on Banjo 1-2 remake and Double Fine on Banjo 3, with Rare helping/overseering. I think studios like Dlala and Playful with time and budget could do some great family friendly stuff. New Super Lucky’s Tale was actually pretty good.
You had me at Ninja Gaiden. Easily a top 10 franchise for me.
That said, I have a gut feeling Publishing will focus on IP they can own and cultivate. So along those lines, I’d love to see them use 2nd party to fill the gaps. Create partnerships with Japanese developers for RPGs and action oriented games in the vein of Ninja Gaiden, Bayonetta or Devil May Cry. Create these partnerships with multi-game deals so that the IPs can grow over time.