Xbox May Bring More Japanese Games In Future As Series S Sells PS5 Again In Japan
During a recent IGN Japan live stream, Vice President of Game Ecosystem at Xbox Sarah Bond suggested that the company could work to bring more original Japanese games to Xbox consoles. His statement on the subject as transcribed by VideoGamesChronicle reads as follows.
One of the things I’m most excited about is that we currently have over 250 developers in Japan developing games for Xbox. 150 have already shipped, 100 of them are in Game Pass and we [recently] was able to announce 15 titles made in Asia and 13 in Japan. So much has happened, but there’s even more to come in the future and I can’t wait to reveal it to you all as it begins to release.
This lines up with Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s recent comments during Tokyo Game Show 2022. In an interview with Game Watch, Spencer said he and the Xbox team are aware of the desire for more original games developed by Japan. on Xbox, both in Japan itself and in Western markets. He cited Xbox’s collaboration with Kojima Productions – whose studios Spencer visited while attending the Tokyo Game Show – to bring a new Hideo Kojima game to Xbox.
With Phil Spencer. pic.twitter.com/Cbkla87dsf
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_FR) September 17, 2022
In a separate interview with Famitsu Spencer said,
We listened to Japanese game creators and received feedback. I think the fact that we were able to improve led to confidence, which in turn led to games being released on Xbox. I think this feedback loop will lead to many more Japanese games in the future, and I’m happy with this trend.
This all comes as the Xbox Series S topped PlayStation 5 sales in Japan for the third time during the week of September 9-18, according to VGChartz.
The Xbox Series has topped PS5 sales in Japan for the third time outside of launch last week!
– The Xbox Series has sold 14,077 units!
– The PS5 has sold 11,180 units!
Nintendo Switch remains the best-selling console in Japan last week with 127,000 units sold! pic.twitter.com/KFfYoZpexr
— Genki✨@TGS (@Genki_JPN) September 22, 2022
As you can see, the Series X is far behind its little sibling as well as the two iterations of the PS5 in sales this week. In July, we announced that the Series X|S line had sold over a quarter of a million units at the time in Japan. Could the Xbox brand finally make progress in this market? If so, it may mean that we will see more and more Japanese games on Xbox.