Someone at Microsoft is probably banging their head against the wall right now, and for more than just having massively leaked the medium and long-term plans of Xbox. Phil Spencer has had to come to the fore to explain a leak that was initially blamed on the FTC, but which later turned out to be a mistake from the company itself, although according to the head of the company, many things have changed since then. One of the mistakes that were uncovered, however, is the fact that they refused to propose for Larian Studios to bring Baldur’s Gate 3 to Xbox Game Pass on day 1.
Boasting a 96 on PC and a 97 on PlayStation 5 on Metacritic, the amazing RPG by Larian Studios could have come to Xbox for everyone to enjoy in their highly successful subscription service... if it weren’t for the fact that they considered it a “Stadia PC RPG”, as you can read in The Verge. Furthermore, they also classify it as “second run”, which could be translated as “second-rate”, but which according to sources, refers to the fact that it is a game that would not appear in the Xbox ecosystem until a few months after doing so on PC or PlayStation 5.
Star Wars Jedi Survivor was in the conversation
Now we also know that Microsoft talked about numerous titles to include in Xbox Game Pass to alleviate the void left by the delay of Starfield in the spring of this year. The one that attracts the most attention is Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, which was revealed would have had a cost of no less than $300 million dollars to bring to the service, while others such as Suicide Squad -also delayed- or Mortal Kombat 1 would reach the not inconsiderable figure of $250 million.
Below are others such as LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, with $35 million, Dying Light 2 with $50 million... and Baldur’s Gate 3 with a paultry-by-comparison $5 million. Microsoft refused to include the most expensive ones due to their low ROI (return on investment) ratio, since it was an investment that they simply would not recover from.