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Final Fantasy 16, Silent Hill 2 won’t be on Xbox, says Microsoft

As the fight over an acquisition just keeps on giving.

Final Fantasy 16 and the Silent Hill 2 remake won’t head to Xbox consoles, Microsoft has said in a response surrounding an investigation into its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

A filing by Microsoft begins by saying “exclusivity strategies are not uncommon in the games industry”, but then targets arrangements between Sony and third-party developers and publishers including FromSoftware, Square Enix, and Konami.

“In addition to having outright exclusive content, Sony has also entered into arrangements with third-party publishers which require the ‘exclusion’ of Xbox from the set of platforms these publishers can distribute their games on,” reads a portion of the filing (via @KoreaXboxNews).

It then states “Sony also has a portfolio of high-quality exclusive third-party content including Final Fantasy 16, Bloodborne, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Street Fighter V, Sifu, and the Silent Hill 2 remake.”

While we knew Silent Hill 2 would be a PS5 console exclusive for at least one year, Microsoft’s filing seems to allege that it will never head to Xbox consoles.

We’ll keep you posted on the status of Final Fantasy and Silent Hill on Xbox as more is known.

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22 June 2023

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