Do not expect Microsoft to make its own Battle Royale game. That's loud Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who said on Twitter this week that he understands that while Battle Royale games like Fortnite and PUBG are massive, none of Microsoft's studios will do their own. That is, unless they can come up with an interesting idea on how to make something attractive.
"Millions are playing [Battle Royale] games, I do not just want to build one because others built it," he said. "[Fornite: Battle Royale] is huge, PUBG is huge, new [Battle Royale] variants are built by some very good developers, I'd rather support if we do not find something special in [first-party]that's a different take."
Millions are playing BR games now. I do not just want to build one because others built it. FNBR is huge, PUBG is huge, new BR variants are created by some very good developers, I would rather support, unless we find something special in 1P, that's a different setting.
– Phil Spencer (@ XboxP3) April 29, 2018
Spencer's comments seem to indicate that none of Microsoft's studios will create a new, stand-alone Battle Royale game. But this leaves the opportunity for an existing Microsoft game to add Battle Royale mode or add one for a new game, such as Halo 6. Nothing seems to have been confirmed at this time.
It makes sense that Microsoft, because of its exclusive partnership with the team behind PUBG, would not be too interested in developing their own Battle Royale game. If Microsoft were to launch its own Battle Royale game, it would theoretically compete with PUBG, and that's probably not something that Microsoft wants to do.
Microsoft's attitude sounds similar to that of Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two. Take-Two President Strauss Zelnick said the success of the Battle Royale games was "really interesting". However, he said that he wants his company's labels – Rockstar Games and 2K Games – to go their own ways rather than being "derivative" by following in the footsteps of something that has come before. "Titles, even really good titles that are derived, never seem to work as well as unexpected innovations," Zelnick said at the time.
Electronic Arts has also brought the Battle Royale phenomenon into play. CEO Andrew Wilson said in January that games like PUBG and Fortnite have changed how people think about shooter games. However, EA wants to do something new.
"Given that we have some of the best shooters on the market, you can expect us to think about new and innovative ways of playing," Wilson said. "And that does not just mean some kind of [making] PUBG replicas within the Battlefield universe, but it does mean that our Battlefield teams – and I talked a bit about it in the prepared remarks – think about how they innovate every aspect of the game, including core game and card design. "
In PUBG, Fortnite and other Battle Royale games, players are dropped into one environment and compete until only one is left. It's basically like The Hunger Games .
With E3 just around the corner it will be interesting to see if new Battle Royale games are announced or if existing games announce Battle Royale modes. E3 takes place in early June, so it will not be long before we learn more.