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Hi-Fi Rush and Pentiment would be the first two Xbox games to launch on rival consoles

Hi-Fi Rush and Pentiment are the first two Xbox games to launch on rival consoles, according to The Verge.

Amid slowing Game Pass subscriptions and declining Xbox console sales, Microsoft will soon announce that both games will be coming to “rival” consoles, The Verge said. Neither PlayStation 5 nor Nintendo Switch are specified in the report, but we can assume that Sony and Nintendo consoles are in the mix.

The Verge added that Microsoft will launch Rare’s pirate adventure Sea of ​​Thieves on non-Xbox platforms later this year. Other proprietary titles would also be under study. Conflicting reports suggest that Bethesda’s Starfield and MachineGames’ Indiana Jones and the Great Circle were at one point under consideration for a PS5 release, but more recent reports suggest those plans may have changed.

Xbox will reveal its vision of the future in a special edition of the Official Xbox Podcast on Thursday, February 15 at 12pm Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 8pm UK. “Please join us for a special edition of the Official Xbox Podcast,” the announcement reads. “Hear Phil Spencer, Sarah Bond and Matt Booty share updates on the Xbox business.”

Spencer reportedly reassured employees by saying that Microsoft plans to continue making consoles amid questions surrounding Xbox’s third-party strategy going forward. In January, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the company could be a “good publisher on Sony and Nintendo, on PC and Xbox.”

“We love games. In fact, Flight Simulator was made even before Windows. But we were number three, number four. And now with Activision, I think we have a chance to be a good publisher – frankly – on Sony and Nintendo. and PC and Xbox. We’re excited about the completion of this acquisition and I’m happy that we’ve completed it,” Nadella said. In June, Nadella said that if it were up to him, the video game industry would move away from exclusive games altogether.

The host of IGN’s Xbox Unlocked podcast, Ryan McCaffrey, wrote in an opinion piece: “The future of Xbox will likely look very different from its past and present. But in this present, we observe a corporate monolith attempting to rewrite the rules of engagement in real time. It might work, but will Microsoft throw away 20 years of hard-earned brand loyalty in the process? »

To learn more, find out why analysts say this Xbox changes the nature of exclusivityand keep an eye on IGN for all the news and reaction once the podcast arrives.

Tango Gameworks’ Hi-Fi Rush and Obsidian’s Pentiment both launched on Xbox Series X, S, and PC, as well as directly in Game Pass, to critical acclaim in early 2023 and late 2022 respectively.

IGN’s Hi-Fi Rush review gave it a 9/10. We said: “Hi-Fi Rush marches to the beat of its own drum with stunning animation, lovable characters and stylish rhythm action that’s anything but one-note.” » And IGN’s Pentiment review scored the game 10/10. “Pentiment is an intelligent late medieval detective novel with a beautifully realized world that I cannot recommend highly enough,” we said.

Wesley is the UK news editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter at @wyp100. You can reach Wesley at wesley_yinpoole@ign.com or confidentially at wyp100@proton.me.

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