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Microsoft Teases E3 Plans, Including New Games From Internal Studios

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Phil Spencer has provided a first hint at Microsoft’s plans for E3, which should include several big announcements.

Speaking to Larry Hyrb during the latest Inside Xbox showcase, Spencer indicated that his recent visit to Japan and Korea involved speaking to developers who may be interested in showing their games during Microsoft’s presentation.

While Spencer did not name any studios, he did hint that he views companies such as Square Enix and Namco Bandai as partners, citing previous reveals of Kingdom Hearts III and Jump Force.

As for internal studios, Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds will make an appearance, while others—likely including Ninja Theory and The Initiative—will be “starting to show what they’re building.”

Curiously, Hyrb mentioned that Microsoft has “brought more [studios] into the fold since [last year’s E3],” but whether that refers solely to Obsidian and InXile or other, unannounced acquisitions is not clear at present.

Spencer said that the company feels a heavy burden this year, needing to “represent gaming” to the wider world given the lack of a live stage presentation from either Nintendo or Sony.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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