Microsoft Says Final Fantasy 16 and Silent Hill 2 Remake Won’t Come to Xbox Consoles

Microsoft has responded to Sony’s objection to its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard by revealing that third-party games like Bloodborne, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Final Fantasy 16 and Silent Hill 2 Remake are party to “exclude that will prevent these games from coming to Xbox consoles.

The news is part of Microsoft’s response to the FTC’s lawsuit against its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. In the filing, Microsoft defends its position by returning the spotlight to Sony, detailing a handful of “significant” games that the company says have been banned from release on Xbox.

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While the filing acknowledges that “exclusivity strategies are not uncommon in the gaming industry”, Microsoft appears to take issue with Sony’s partnerships with third-party publishers, namely From Software, Square Enix and Konami.

“In addition to having purely exclusive content, Sony has also entered into agreements with third-party publishers that require the ‘exclusion’ of Xbox from all platforms on which these publishers can distribute their games,” says the document (thanks, @KoreaXboxNews).

“Some prominent examples of these deals include Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix), Bloodborne (From Software), the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI (Square Enix), and the recently announced Silent Hill 2 Remaster. [sic] (Team Bloober).”

While there’s been quite a bit of back-and-forth between the two companies in recent months, that last sentence may come as a bit of a surprise, not least because – in the case of Silent Hill 2 Remake, for example – while we knew there was a 12 month console exclusivity period for Sony, it was presumed that the games would be rolling out to other consoles after the exclusivity period ended… something Xbox intimates n is no longer the case.

As of now, none of the warring factions have clarified whether or not we’ll see Silent Hill 2 Remake or Final Fantasy 16 appear on Xbox Series X, but, as always, we’ll keep you posted.

Gamers recently had the opportunity to comment on Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard during a public consultation with the UK Competition and Markets Authority.

According to the CMA, she received around 2,600 emails, of which around 500 “contained abusive content (with no other substantial content), or were blank, unintelligible, claimed to be from non-UK consumers, or not in English”.

The CMA will now consider those comments, as well as pursue its own investigations, before issuing its final report before the statutory deadline of March 1, 2023.

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