While Microsoft has an amicable relationship with Nintendo, it may not be sustainable to release more Microsoft titles on Switch, according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer.
“We have a very good relationship with Nintendo,” Spencer told Kotaku. “Every conversation we have with them has really been easy.”
According to Spencer, bringing more Xbox-published titles to Switch, such as Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps, “doesn’t feel sustainable” on a case-by-case basis.
“In order to really support it, I would want a full Xbox ecosystem somewhere,” he said. “And that probably means things like Live and Game Pass and stuff.”
In the case of the Ori titles, it was independent developer Moon Studios’ wish to bring the games to the console.
His comments echo those made earlier this year when Spencer said not to expect Xbox Game Pass to arrive on consoles other than a Microsoft brand as the company isn’t able to “bring a full Xbox experience on those platforms.” This is because competitive platforms aren’t “really interested” in having the “full Xbox experience on their hardware.”
As far as Nintendo or even Sony is concerned on that front, Spencer told Kotaku he didn’t “want to speak for them,” as it was a question the companies should answer.
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