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Games Inbox: Will Microsoft Buy Bungie and Destiny?



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Destiny 2 – Could It Come Under Microsoft’s Care? (Image: Bungie)

Tuesday inbox kicks off predictions for the next PS5 storefront as a reader wants Command & Conquer on consoles.

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Together again
Very interesting to know that Microsoft has tried to buy Bungie several times over the past several years. I can only guess that they were one of the first developers to approach them when they went shopping before they had to settle on * check notes * forced games.

If the sticking point was pure money, which it implies, I̵

7;m surprised Microsoft decided to draw the line here, rather than the huge losses they are making (for an obviously good reason) on Game Pass and the new Xbox consoles . I’d rather have Bungie all my other purchases back then, but for some reason that didn’t happen.

Now I hope it’s only a matter of time, but it seems like the perfect solution to Microsoft’s current first-party problem. Bungie can advise Halo Infinite, they can keep working on Destiny (which, like Minecraft, Microsoft will keep multiformat in my opinion), and they can start working on a new exclusive Xbox. They already said they were big enough for this – they have another game in development right now – so they’re all prepared for it.

It’s a shame Microsoft ever let Bungie go as they seemed to work well together, but I think they were fed up with just doing Halo. Hopefully, if Microsoft manages to bring them back to their knees, they know they don’t have to do it all over again and can begin to seriously rebuild their reputation as a first-party provider.
Nero

Same formats
I haven’t seen any of the above, but I was wondering if games for Xbox Game Pass for PC will ever be available for Xbox Series X. If not, why not?

With all the talk about console performance, this could certainly be a real selling point if it were possible.
Wallace

GC: You mean like Microsoft Flight Simulator and Age Of Empires? The former has already been confirmed for Xbox, although nothing has been seen of it. The problem with most exclusive PCs, however, is that they rely heavily on the keyboard and mouse, not to mention high-resolution monitors and mods.

Nintendo-shaped boat
I am very excited to see how this next generation will develop. The Xbox Series S is well positioned to be a potential secondary console for a PlayStation-only gamer. But what happens then when they dive into Game Pass?

The PlayStation 5 could be the console people buy for strong first-party support and then use Game Pass for their cross-platform correction with great value. Sony could find themselves in a very Nintendo-shaped boat, which is ironic as Nintendo did a good job promoting third-party support for a system that helped them leave that particular ship behind.

As it stands, a lot can be said for brand loyalty simply sticking to what they know. So a big marketing push from Microsoft is imperative to attract these people. So I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw more last-minute changes in introductory pricing before the next generation hits, especially if Sony delivers a knockout punch by at least equaling Microsoft.

And just as the big 4K machines hit, I’d love to see Nintendo throw a wrench into work with new hardware early next year to keep things interesting.

It’s almost as fun as playing video games.
Bad editing

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Paper cut
I just offer my solidarity with John regarding Paper Mario: The Origami King. I hadn’t even realized I had stopped playing it until I read his letter.

For me, the combat system is an asset to a good game as I cut my playing time until I just … stopped playing it.

I’ll go back and finish it but would be a lot happier if the battle dynamics were different.
WoD

Excitement is good
Just to be clear, boys and girls, I wasn’t expecting much at all, unless the Dragon Age 4 project was much more advanced than it was apparent. But it was your good self that said Dragon Age fans had something to get upset about.

But what exactly was the excitement about? The artwork? We’ve known who the “bad guy” will be for a while (nice guy, shame he wants to destroy all races except the elves) but no new characters have been announced. Doesn’t look like the Inquisitor is coming back – off-screen death by glowing hand, if I had to guess, and we have no idea what gameplay features will be there. No mention of the war table for example.

It was actually just an excuse to make fun of luvvie. What I use at every opportunity.
DMR

GC: Unless you’re excited about the first few shots of the game and confirm that the work (and, in fact, BioWare itself) continues, we’re not sure why you’re even interested.

New command
EA recently released the ultimate collection of Command & Conquer for PC, but not for the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. So I wonder if Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 EA will give a reason to port this to both systems.

Both have much better technology, and EA hasn’t given people a new Command & Conquer title in a long time. So that would be great. Command & Conquer 4 is another title they could bestow on these systems, which would give fans of the series a reason to buy a next-generation console.

Yes, while the previous Xbox games are backwards compatible on Xbox One, EA should really give people 4K versions of the games to make up for the lack of new Command & Conquer game releases for consoles. All you have to do is look at Red Alert 3’s gameplay in 4K to see why we need an updated remaster collection.

With some remasters returning, EA should look to see if other C&C games can be ported from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox Series and PlayStation 5 systems. If you know EA it can never happen, but if they included Red Alert 3: Uprising Commander’s Challenge it would be worth it anybody.
gaz be lazy (gamertag)

GC: Command & Conquer needs a mouse and people who are interested in Command & Conquer. Neither of these can usually be found on a console.

Important 10 seconds
Here is my prediction for the Sony unveiling on Wednesday …

39 minutes of waffle and vomit footage.
50 seconds from an executive telling us how the world beat the PlayStation brand.
10 seconds of light on stage, curtains drawn and a price of £ 448.99.

Hey it works for Apple’s presentations!
ZiPPi

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Quick change
In response to TheTruthSoul email in Monday’s inbox, I now have hundreds of games, some on older Nintendo systems (which I rarely dust off these days) but many are on retro packages on Switch, along with the modern games, that I have. It’s great and being able to just immerse myself in what’s in my library, but I find that now I’m more likely to stop playing something if it just annoys me for a moment because I’m focusing on something else I haven’t played a lot.

I would hold out a lot more with a game that frustrated me when I was in my mid teens because I knew I couldn’t just jump to the next game because I had to save up for it (and I had a lot more patience and better responses before 30 Years).

I like playing a lot of games, but that means I’m much less focused on actually finishing games these days.

(I cheated on my way to the ‘end’ of Streets Of Rage 3 many times using the rewind feature, but I didn’t make it until the bombs explode!)
John

Inbox also-rans
Death Rally Classic is forever free on Steam!
Andrew J.
PS: I’m looking forward to the PlayStation 5 event and the Super Mario 3D All-Stars on Friday this week.

I … why shouldn’t you just call it “Xbox Cloud”? Or even leave it as xCloud as you say?
FoximusPrime81 (Gamertag / NN ID / Twitter)
PS: I have renamed myself FoximusPrime81Z when I send an email with an S and three vowels in the title on one day. FoximusPrime81Q If I play a prime number of minutes that day, even though I don’t know until I’ve done it, I’ll have to use FoximusPrime8IQ until it’s confirmed.

GC: That makes more sense than Microsoft’s naming conventions.

The hot topic this week
The topic for this weekend’s inbox was suggested by readers JAH and others, asking if you are considering buying an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S now.

What was your opinion of the Xbox Series X before this month, and how much has that changed with the announcement of the Xbox Series S and the price of both new consoles?

The price for PlayStation 5 is expected to be announced on Wednesday. It is therefore best to wait until then to send in your letters. But when Sony announces its pricing, how does that affect your plans to get a console this year and is this the final information you need to make your decision?

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