Phil Spencer Visits Japan To Woo Developers For More Japanese Game Titles and Franchises For The Xbox

Mar 08, 2017 08:50 AM EST | JP Olvido

Just a like Nintendo's move to open up the Switch to third-party developers, Xbox Head Phil Spencer visits Japan to talk to game developers there. Spencer's trip was an attempt to encourage more video games from Japanese game developers for the Xbox One gaming console.

Phil Spencer visits Japanese game developers to develop more games for the Xbox. Spencer's recent trip was an attempt to sway third-party video game developers to create more games for Microsoft's gaming ecosystem. The Xbox Head did not provide specifics of his trip to the Land of the Rising Sun but did tweet that it "was a great trip".

The tweet reads, "A lot of dev interest in Scorpio/XB1. Previewed a lot of new games. Can't share 3P specifics but Japan was a great trip." It was a response to a question tweeted by one Nathan Stephenson asking if the trip was productive and if Xbox fans would be "hearing anything about it".

The Xbox One, the older Xbox 360, and the original Xbox have always had a difficulty of penetrating the market in Japan. Japanese gamers have always preferred gaming consoles designed by Sony and Nintendo which can be attributed to the absence of popular Japanese game titles and franchises.

Although the Final Fantasy franchise has already made its way to Microsoft's current flagship gaming console with Final Fantasy XV, there are still a lot more hit game titles Microsoft's gaming console does not currently carry. Given that Windows 10 PCs are getting quite popular in Japan and Xbox games are slowly becoming PC-compatible, there could be hope of more Japanese titles on the gaming console yet.

Spencer has promised that more amazing games for the Xbox will be announced at this year's E3. He also added that 2017 will be a great year for Xbox One and Project Scorpio owners. This could possibly be a hint that the Xbox Head's Japan trip was a successful one.

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