“My strategy is more around our own first-party franchises, and investing in franchises that we own, and probably fewer exclusive deals for third-party content. I want to have strong third-party relations, but paying for many third-party exclusives isn’t our long-term strategy,” said Spencer during the interview.
As noted, “Rise Of The Tomb Raider,” will be released on November 1st on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Rise is a “Third-Party,” Exclusive to Xbox. Later on in 2016, Rise will be coming to PC and PlayStation 4.
“This year, the fact that we’re shipping Halo 5, Gears of War, Forza 6, Fable, we can only do that and build that best lineup we’ve ever seen really on the back of franchise that we own. It’s great to have Tomb Raider as part of our lineup, but investing in first-party, you’ll see more of that at Gamescom next week, is really core to our strategy,” said Spencer.
Speculated surrounding Spencer’s comments are to what Sony’s PlayStation executive Andrew House mention earlier this year. House said PlayStation’s “Third-Party” deals are integral to PlayStation.
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