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5 Key Microsoft Franchises for the Next Decade

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Microsoft's Xbox platform has strategic value beyond video game hardware, software, and subscription sales, and these five entertainment franchises are likely to play a key role in the company's content ambitions.

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5 Key Microsoft Franchises for the Next Decade

  1. 1. Text Text 5 Key Microsoft Franchises for the Next Decade Image source: Cisco.Image source: Microsoft.
  2. 2. The Halo franchise has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide and stands out as the most valuable exclusive on the Xbox platform. Halo Image source: Microsoft.
  3. 3. Microsoft has expanded the Halo franchise into strategy games, mobile titles, and web series. The property’s most recent mainline installment fell short of sales expectations, but Microsoft has releases in the series planned 10 years out. Image source: Microsoft. Halo cont’d
  4. 4. Microsoft purchased Minecraft for $2.5 billion in 2014, bringing one of the most successful games ever under the company’s corporate umbrella. Minecraft has sold more than 122 million copies since its release in 2011. Image source: Microsoft. Minecraft
  5. 5. The company has opted to keep the game multiplatform rather than exclusive and continues to release updates and new versions of the title on Sony and Nintendo’s gaming consoles. Minecraft also generates large merchandise sales and has a film adaptation set to hit theaters in 2019. Image source: Microsoft. Minecraft cont’d
  6. 6. Like Halo, sales of the most recent Gears of War release came in below expectations, but the series has sold roughly 30 million copies across five installments and remains one of Microsft’s most valuable entertainment properties. Image source: Microsoft. Gears of War
  7. 7. Microsoft has suggested that it might bridge Gears into new genres, and the company is also teaming with Comcast and its Universal Pictures division to bring the franchise to the big screen. Image source: Microsoft. Gears of War cont’d
  8. 8. Across its mainline series and its Horizon offshoot, the Forza series has generated more than $1 billion in global retail sales. Image source: Microsoft. Forza
  9. 9. Forza Motorsport 7 is expected to be announced and released this year, and could be one of the main system sellers for Microsoft’s upcoming Scorpio console. Image source: Microsoft. Forza cont’d
  10. 10. Microsoft acquired the Perfect Dark franchise when it purchased video game developer Rare in 2002. The series hasn’t seen a new mainline installment since Perfect Dark Zero in 2005, but the property remains popular and is ripe for a reinvention. Image source: Microsoft. Perfect Dark
  11. 11. In 2015, Microsoft indicated that it had plans to reboot Perfect Dark at some point. With Xbox One in need of hit new exclusives, the time could be right to bring the franchise back to the forefront. Image source: Microsoft. Perfect Dark cont’d
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