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Xbox is reportedly toying with the idea of buying up even more prominent video game studios. The tech giant has been on a massive spending spree of late, bolstering the Xbox Game Studios family with the likes of Bethesda Softworks, Obsidian, Arkane, and more over the last couple of years.
Unsurprisingly, the company still isn't finished waving its chequebook around like Rich Uncle Pennybags on a night out. According to a new report, Xbox is currently trialing the teams behind Tomb Raider, Hitman, and Just Cause with a view to potential acquisitions down the line.
During a recent episode of the 'Grubb Snax podcast', GamesBeat reporter and industry insider Jeff Grubb discussed what he's heard in regards to Xbox's plans over the next few years. He said that the company is pleased with its upcoming slate of games, and is taking a slightly more casual approach to future acquisitions as a result.
Essentially, Xbox is trying these studios out to see how they fit. It's like corporate speed dating.
"I think that's where [Xbox] is at right now," Grubb explains, "where they're happy with what they have so they can pump the brakes a little bit and then say 'okay, let's take a look around - see what we can purchase.'"
Grubb claims that among the studios Xbox has trialed (or will trial) is the Square Enix-owned Crystal Dynamics (Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Perfect Dark). It's also said to be considering Hitman studio IO Interactive, which is currently working on a brand-new James Bond game. Finally, Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has also been mentioned during discussions.
I should stress that none of these are confirmed acquisitions at this point. Grubb's comments very much suggest that Xbox is happy yo take it slow for a while, which means it has nothing to prove in terms of further studio purchases. Let's wait and see, shall we?
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