Xbox almost bought Square Enix in 2019

Microsoft’s Gaming Division had some colossal plans a few years ago if recent revelations are any indication. Square Enix, a titan of the video gaming world, was on Xbox’s radar for a possible acquisition. This juicy tidbit emerged from documents dating back to 2019, made public during the FTC hearing on Activision Blizzard.

For Microsoft, the acquisition of Square Enix, home to a plethora of diverse gaming franchises, would have been a monumental step.

The language in the documents reveals the strategic importance of this potential deal. It was viewed as a way for Microsoft to broaden its horizons, extending its presence beyond console gaming and beyond its existing markets.

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The advantages of acquiring Square Enix didn’t stop there. Xbox saw this as a springboard to speed up the growth of the Xbox Game Pass and to bolster the success of Project Scarlett, now known as Series X. These content assets would have given them an edge in the competitive gaming landscape.

A further interesting angle is that Microsoft saw this potential deal as a way to fast-track its growth in the mobile market.

Given the global trend of increased mobile gaming, this move would have made sense. And it would have also given Xbox a push into the Asian gaming market. And Xbox has been eager to do that for years.

But it seems like this grand plan of Microsoft was never meant to happen as the deal was never completed. And in recent months, we can see a noticeable decline in Square Enix games on Series X|S. Acknowledging this shortfall, Xbox’s CEO Phil Spencer admitted that the relationship between Xbox and Square Enix requires much more improvement.

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Is Square Enix on Xbox?

Yes, you can play many Square Enix games on the gaming platform.

What is Square Enix’s biggest game?

Kingdom Hearts 2 is Square Enix’s biggest game.

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