During a recent IGN Japan live stream, Xbox''s VP of gaming provided an overview of the company''s ability to distribute more original Japanese games to Xbox consoles. As a result, VideoGamesChronicle''s statement follows.
One of the things that Im super excited about is that there are over 250 developers in Japan who are now developing games for Xbox. 150 have already shipped, 100 of them are in Game Pass, and we [recently] got to announce 15 titles made in Asia and 13 in Japan. So much has come, but there''s also more thats going to come in the future, and I''ll wait to reveal it to you all as it begins coming out.
This corresponds to recent comments from Xbox CEO Phil Spencer during the 2022 Tokyo Game Show. Spencer said in an interview with Game Watch that he and the Xbox team understand the desire for more original Japanese-developed games on Xbox, both in Japan itself and in the western markets. He cited Xbox''s collaboration with Kojima Productionswhose studios Spencer visited during the Tokyo Game Show to introduce a new Hideo Kojima game to Xbox.
With Phil Spencer, pic.twitter.com/Cbkla87dsf
HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) November 17, 2022
In a separate interview with Famitsu Spencer, stated that
We have examined Japanese game creators and received feedback. I believe the fact that we have improved has led to trust, which in turn has led to games being released on Xbox. I believe this feedback loop will lead to many additional Japanese games in the future, and I am appreciating this trend.
According to VGChartz, the Xbox Series S has outsold the PlayStation 5 in Japan for the third week in a row.
The Xbox Series has outsold the PS5 in Japan for the third time outside of its release last week!
- The Xbox Series sold 14,077 units, whereas the PS5 sold 11,180 units!
This week, the Nintendo Switch was the total best selling console in Japan, with 127 million units sold! pic.twitter.com/KFfYoZpexr
Genki@TGS (@Genki_JPN) September 22, 2022
As you can see, the Series X was significantly behind its smaller sibling as well as both iterations of the PS5 for that week. In July, we reported that the Series X|S line had sold more than a quarter-million units at that time in Japan. If so, then this may mean we''ll be seeing more and more Japanese games on Xbox.