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Microsoft sets up a new team dedicated to game preservation and forward compatibility

by on09 April 2024

Bond shakes but does not stir

X-box’s new queen, Sarah Bond, has been outlining her cunning plans for the game box now that the Activision-Blizzard deal is in the bag.

According to Windows Central, Bond has a bit of an empire with Xbox consoles and cloud, PC gaming, mobile titles, and subscription services. And that’s not even counting the millions of Xbox Game Pass subscribers and all the other gaming businesses they’ve got going on, from Fallout 1st to Minecraft Realms and World of Warcraft.

Bond recently sent an email to get her team fired up: “It’s been nearly six months since we came together as an organisation. Our collective achievements in that timeframe are tremendous. Everyone should feel incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved and excited about the opportunities ahead. We are moving full speed ahead on our next-generation hardware, focused on delivering the biggest technological leap ever in a generation.”

She has also been telling World+dog about gaming AI, which is a big part of Vole’s Xbox plans.

“We are innovating in Gaming AI, focused on delivering player-first, developer-first value for discovery, engagement, and creator velocity.”

Bond talked about how Vole is working to integrate Activision-Blizzard games and into Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass. They brought Diablo 4 to Xbox Game Pass not long ago, and thanks to that, Xbox is now the #1 platform for the game. “We are integrating Activision Blizzard King titles into our services — we launched Diablo IV into Game Pass, and Xbox has quickly become the #1 platform for D4 players,” Sarah said, and then gave us a sneak peek at some of the other games coming to Xbox, “we are integrating with, all while launching CoD: Warzone Mobile and preparing for the upcoming Hellblade II, Avowed, and Indiana Jones and the Great Circle.”

Preserving games has become a big concern lately, with the shift to digital licensing models and online services making it too easy for games to disappear forever. It’s a massive problem in mobile gaming, where publishers and companies like Apple and Google don’t think twice about wiping games from existence. Big players like Nintendo are known to shut down stores, taking many games offline. Vole is closing parts of the Xbox 360 store this year for new purchases. But don’t worry; hundreds of the most popular Xbox backwards-compatible games have escaped the Xbox 360 and continue to live on.

Last modified on 09 April 2024
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