The Outer Worlds has not hit the shelves yet, but Microsoft already believes that the project could become a franchise, moreover
What is known
In an interview for Game Informer, the head of the Xbox GameStudios Mike Butie said the new Obsidian project fits the role of an exclusive series. So far, The Outer Worlds is publishing a Take-Two-owned Private Division, but subsequent games in the series will come out of Microsoft's wing. Last year, the company acquired Obsidian, adding developers to the Xbox Game Studios family.
When asked by the journalist whether Microsoft plans to make the conditional The Outer Worlds 2 exclusive, Buti replied that the game is suitable for this:
“Judging by what I saw in The Outer Worlds, I believe that we can build a strong franchise out of this that will grow, and we will help expand it,” Buti explained.
It is possible that The Outer Worlds will follow in the footsteps of Halo, the first parts of which were released on PC and Xbox, and later the franchise became an exclusive Microsoft.
At the same time, the rest of the Xbox family studiosGame Studios can continue to create multi-platform projects. According to Buti, there are games that should not be made exclusives, like Minecraft. Microsoft is analyzing whether it is worth investing more resources in the project, making it exclusive, or whether it will benefit by remaining multi-platform.