Microsoft and Nintendo have been getting along great over the past few months! A number of big Xbox-exclusive titles such as Cuphead have launched on Nintendo’s system, and now Ori and the Blind Forest is coming too. Unfortunately, this partnership seems to be coming to an end, as Microsoft announced that it currently has “no plans” to bring more of its first-party exclusives to the Switch.
In a statement to GamesIndustry.biz, Microsoft indicated that fit doesn’t have plans to release its titles on other platforms:
The past year has been an exciting time for us as we have more than doubled the internal creative teams making up Xbox Game Studios. As these new studios transitioned in, we were aware of some existing commitments to other platforms and will honor them. However, going forward these new studios will focus on making games for our platforms. We have no plans to further expand our exclusive first party games to other consoles. We continue to believe deeply in cross play and progression of games with the right flexibility for developers to insure a fair and fun experience.
While this is certainly disappointing for Switch owners, it’s not completely unexpected. Microsoft is working on its own streaming platform known as xCloud, and likely wants to keep its games to bolster the service’s offerings.
For what it’s worth though, the Microsoft titles that have launched on Switch are among some of the best exclusives the platform has. If you’ve not played Ori and the Blind Forest, it’s definitely worth checking out when it drops next month!