The massive popularity of battle royale modes in games like Fortnite and PlyerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is shaking up the development of current games, with many fans wondering if upcoming games like Battlefield V and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will add in the multiplayer mode.
However, at least one company is making a stand in the opposite direction. Xbox head Phil Spencer confirmed on Twitter that none of Microsoft’s first party developers will be making a new battle royale game just for the sake of building one. Instead, Spencer said, Microsoft’s developers will wait for “something special.”
“Millions are playing [battle royale] games right now. I don’t want to just build one because others have built them,” Spencer said in his tweet.
Millions are playing BR games right now. I don’t want to just build one because others have built them. FNBR is massive, PUBG is huge, new BR variants being built by some very quality devs, I’d rather support unless we find something special in 1P that’s a different take.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) April 29, 2018
However, while this means that Microsoft has no plans for a battle royale-only game (at least at the moment), it doesn’t rule out the possibility of other, pre-existing games, to add the mode in as a bonus. Halo 6 may be a possibility, though very little is known about that game at the moment.
Microsoft also currently has an exclusive partnership with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which may lead to Microsoft throwing more support behind PUBG rather than building another game that would, presumably, be a competitor.
Source: Phil Spencer