Most people won’t buy and have gamepass, thats the whole point of the service I guess. I mean I bought Stray and had it on PSplus, you also buy when you also have Gamepass because the devs make more money, but most people wont buy when they have the service.
I guess it all depends on A.) How much the game cost to make? And B.) How much are platforms like MS and Sony paying them to have them Day 1 and also later to be on their subscription service?
So in a year, Diablo, COD, Starfield, Redfall, Scorn? Im guessing some of these are costing more than 200m and some less than 100m, Some more or less etc.
Maybe someone should do the maths. How much do MS, Playstation pay for PS+ and Xbox Gold monthly games? How much do the 1st party games cost?
How much for 3rd party Day1 titles on subscription service and how much for titles not day 1?
And I guess, how much do these services cost to maintain, servers, staff etc, I have no idea if these things need much money after they are made
They could give away the biggest hitters (CoD, Minecraft, Diablo) on every platform for free without game pass and still turn a profit. The MTX on these kind of games is what will pay for the service of every other game.
CoD alone brings in billions, it subsidises the cost of other SP only titles and bringing loss titles to GP.
People aren’t looking at the entire picture of what Activision means for Microsoft either. There’s a reason OW2 is free.
When people argue in here “But Microsoft won’t make any money on X title” they don’t need to. The entire gaming group makes money as a whole pulling more people to gamepass, they know some titles won’t make money but those titles attract people who might not be attracted to CoD and every other mainstay.
It’s the exact same avenue every streaming service is taking, but Microsoft realise like Disney buying up the largest fish will always set you on the best path for future profit.
They’re downplaying the shit out of everything now while this merger goes through, but after that it’s off to the shops again if some deals aren’t already sitting on the back burner.