Ori and the Blind Forest is coming to the Nintendo Switch, another previously exclusive Microsoft title that made its way to Nintendo's hybrid console. But in a statement to USgamer today, Microsoft says there's no further plans for more games to make the same jump.
Yesterday, we speculated that Ori, alongside fellow indie game Cuphead, might indicate a growing partnership between Microsoft and Nintendo. A spokesperson for Microsoft reached out to clarify today, saying it was honoring existing commitments:
"The past year has been an exciting time for us as we have more than doubled the internal creative teams making up Xbox Game Studios. As these new studios transitioned in, we were aware of some existing commitments to other platforms and will honor them. However, going forward these new studios will focus on making games for our platforms. We have no plans to further expand our exclusive first party games to other consoles. We continue to believe deeply in cross play and progression of games with the right flexibility for developers to insure a fair and fun experience."
While this cuts off any future plans, it seems prior deals will still be kept. I wouldn't get hopes high for a Halo or Gears collection on the Nintendo Switch, though.
While Microsoft seems cold on the idea, other publishers seem a little more eager. Sony's Shawn Layden indicated interest in other platforms as a way to build player base, noting PC in the process. But like Microsoft, Sony's acquisition of Insomniac Games indicates they still know the value of a good exclusive. We'll have to settle for Ori and Mugman for now, it seems.