Hypothetical, insane, but GENIUS exclusivity deals!

#1SigmaLongshotPosted 2/11/2014 3:26:59 AM
In this thread, we consider the market as it stands right now, current trends and positive fads in gaming, and also the glaring omissions on the current generation of consoles.

Now imagine Microsoft have decided to throw an insane curveball and just buy out absolutely any gaming franchise (including all future licensing) to be rebooted, revived and become one of the Xbox's cornerstone titles. They're only willing to buy ONE franchise, but here's the cool thing - they've left it up to YOU!

So now, consider the market - consider the surprise element of your choice - imagine next E3, Microsoft's utterly crazy reveal - their new TOTALLY HYPOTHETICAL BUT GENIUS EXCLUSIVITY DEAL!

So, what'll it be?
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#2Cornbread4lifePosted 2/11/2014 3:29:39 AM
Does this include booting off the current developer of the franchise? If so, do we get to pick the new one?
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#3SigmaLongshot(Topic Creator)Posted 2/11/2014 3:30:40 AM
If I was to consider games that would be genius from a GAMER perspective, I'd say acquiring the Power Stone, Shenmue or Jet Set Radio franchises would be absolutely ideal.

However, from a purely marketability/profit-long-term standpoint, acquiring the FIFA franchise exclusively would be a goldmine.
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#4SigmaLongshot(Topic Creator)Posted 2/11/2014 3:33:16 AM
Cornbread4life posted...
Does this include booting off the current developer of the franchise? If so, do we get to pick the new one?


All it means is securing the franchise for the Xbox One platform exclusively, regardless of who develops it; it can be a pre-existing, long-dead, or future franchise.

Sorry for not clarifying!
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#5Cornbread4lifePosted 2/11/2014 3:40:29 AM
SigmaLongshot posted...
Cornbread4life posted...
Does this include booting off the current developer of the franchise? If so, do we get to pick the new one?


All it means is securing the franchise for the Xbox One platform exclusively, regardless of who develops it; it can be a pre-existing, long-dead, or future franchise.

Sorry for not clarifying!


That makes it tougher. I'd second a continuation of JSRF.

But I think Blast Corps is a game that was way too easily forgotten, and with new tech, something that could be huge. Obviously that's from the gamer perspective, but who knows, maybe it would be a hit? People seem to be craving something unique nowadays.
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#6SigmaLongshot(Topic Creator)Posted 2/11/2014 11:06:22 AM
I think, speculating solely on selling to more old-school gamers, getting exclusive rights to some older JRPG franchises such as Grandia, Suikoden, Skies of Arcadia or whatnot would end up making the console a secret hit, though I'm unsure if the adoption rate in the east would increase regardless.

My old uni friend got a contract with JET over in Japan, and he says that even things like western beers are snubbed by all but the purists, and his colleagues almost view Japanese people who love Western culture as we here in the UK/USA treat die-hard weeaboos. So no matter WHAT JRPG franchise exclusive rights were bought for, it's highly unlikely that Microsoft could break that market.

But even in the west - hypothetical major old-school JRPG franchise would be a HUGE underground boon for the brand.
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