No, Microsoft isn’t buying Sega at TGS this year

Or so they say

While Microsoft has been acquiring studios left and right these past few years, they made big headlines when they picked up ZeniMax/Bethesda this past week. The publisher has noted that they are still in the market for more pickups, but rumors have been swirling about Microsoft grabbing a huge Japanese publisher to widen their appeal in Japan: rumors that Microsoft has since squashed.

Building off a tweet that showcased their Tokyo Game Show (TGS) lineup earlier this month, Microsoft noted: “…and btw, there won’t be any new acquisition news at the show.” A clear nod to the aforementioned rumor mill. And if there won’t be “any” acquisition announcements, that includes the most popular studio named in various reports: Sega.

Microsoft has tried, with mixed success, to court the Japanese market. In previous years the Xbox 360 hosted a ton of interesting games from JRPGs to shmups, while the Xbox One lagged behind and saw the cancelation of a huge marquee collaboration project.

Time will tell just how Microsoft intends to jumpstart their eastern presence, but for now, we won’t be seeing any new acquisitions.

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Chris Carter
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