Microsoft planning Japan-developed Xbox One exclusives

Microsoft Studios boss teases announcements closer to Japan launch.

Japan is an important market for Microsoft, according to Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer. And while Spencer believes titles like Dead Rising 3 and Metal Gear Solid V will appeal to the Japanese audience, the company appears to be planning more.

In its early days, Xbox 360 had first-party-published Japanese role-playing games with Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey (pictured). Asked during a Famitsu interview if Microsoft would follow a similar path with Xbox One, Spencer replied:

“Yes. Some time ago, [Xbox Japan general manager Takashi] Sensui and I met with a few Japanese developers to discuss Xbox One development. As a matter of fact, we are thinking of developing a few exclusive titles in cooperation with Japanese developers. I believe those titles will be announced closer to (the Japanese) launch.”

He added, “Locally developed content really is important. Especially considering Japan is the place where video games originated.”

Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey (pictured) “were wonderful experiences,” Spencer said. But this time, Microsoft is “looking forward to partnerships with new developers on Xbox One.” The console has received a “wonderful reaction” from Japanese developers, according to Spencer.

Xbox One will launch in Japan in 2014.

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