Yes, I can confirm. With the additions to XGS we have a lot of teams that have built strong SP focused games and we want that to continue.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) August 7, 2019
While recent first party titles like Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2 have had a co-op focus, Spencer said on Twitter that the addition of new Xbox Game Studios over the past few years puts the company in a position to deliver single-player focused titles too.
Within the space of a few years, Microsoft has acquired the likes of Ninja Theory (Hellblade), Playground (Forza Horizon), Obsidian (Fallout: New Vegas), InXile (Wasteland 3) and Double Fine (Psychonauts 2).
The growth plan has been put into action ahead of the 2020 launch of Microsoft’s next-gen console, Xbox Scarlett.
Xbox Game Studios is now 15-strong, and Spencer said recently there may be more acquisitions to come – he’d like to purchase a Japanese studio – as Microsoft’s CEO and CFO “see gaming as an important growth category”.
In July, the executive acknowledged Xbox needs to improve its first-party games output. According to Spencer, the significant investment in first-party studios has given the company more time to focus on delivering quality products.