Xbox’s Phil Spencer Is Back in Japan: “Strong Energy and Excitement Here About Gaming’s Future”

Xbox's Phil Spencer has been working hard to bring Japanese games to the platforms, and he's currently back in Japan to sample the local flavors.

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While Xbox certainly isn’t known for having the most Japanese games on the platform, division head Phil Spencer has always made a point to pledge his support for the developers of the rising sun.

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Today he mentioned on Twitter that he’s back in the country to talk to local studios and publishers about 2020 and beyond. 

He also mentioned that he feels a “really strong energy and excitement” about gaming’s future. 

It’ll be interesting to see what Spencer will manage to achieven during his trip to Japan.

Previously, he has been to the country back in March 2019, and his trips certainly appeared to bear fruit as he finally managed to help Phantasy Star Online 2 get a much-overdue localization

If you want to learn more, you can check out Phil Spencer’s own comments on the topic, and more from our semi-recent interview with Xbox games marketing head Aaron Greenberg

Personally, I talk a lot with Japanese developers, and many of them have mentioned interest in working with Xbox. That being said, especially smaller and medium-sized studios often appear to feel a bit unsure on how to go about it, since Microsoft pretty much lacks a local organization dedicated to gaming. We’ll have to wait and see if Spencer and his team will manage to improve this situation. 

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Giuseppe Nelva

Proud weeb hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long-standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality), MMORPGs, and visual novels are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans on Earth of the flight simulator genre.