More fuel to the fire has been thrown regarding the rumors about Xbox going third-party. This time, it has to do with several changes that pertain to Xbox-exclusive store pages.
This change could be the first step before Xbox shifts focus to distributing games on PlayStation and Nintendo Switch consoles. Then again, it could be another change unrelated to these alleged plans.
Several games from the Xbox library have lost the Series X|S mentions on their Store Product pages. Previously, the likes of Fable, Avowed, Hellblade 2, and Forza Motorsport mentioned their inclusion on Xbox Game Pass on their respective listing on the Microsoft website, alongside the logo for the Xbox Series console. Now, the Series X|S logo was removed and changed to “Console.”
You can see the effects of the change as documented by some Twitter (X) users below:
Microsoft Removes Xbox Series & Xbox Gamepass Logos From It's Site:
Before: Xbox Series Logos
— @Zuby_Tech (@Zuby_Tech) February 9, 2024
This only adds fuel to the fire of Xbox games going multiplatform. Previous reports suggested a significant shift in Microsoft’s game publishing strategy.
Several sources indicated that Microsoft is exploring releasing several exclusive titles on multiple platforms. The games that have been rumored to go multiplatform include titles like Hi-Fi Rush and Starfield.
Adding to the rumors was a job listing found on the Microsoft website, which suggested that the next game in the Halo series might be released on other platforms.
The listing states that the worker must “Set clear design goals and deliverables, focusing the systems design team on achieving a high-quality, cohesive experience for all players, on all platforms.”
This could very well mean that the next game in Halo would be set to release on additional platforms outside of Xbox and PC.
Considering Phil Spencer’s “future plans” event that will happen in a few days from now, an announcement that bewildered Xbox Developers, perhaps a change in the industry, is set to happen soon.