Microsoft has had a pretty eventful day, with dozens of industry secrets leaking and Xbox head Phil Spencer having to come out and do damage control. A bunch of interesting information about Xbox's near future has surfaced thanks to court documents accidentally released by Microsoft, including information on what the company was expecting to pay to get certain games on Xbox Game Pass.
In a lengthy court document listing games and the likelihood of potential Game Pass deals (thanks Eurogamer), Microsoft reveals the cash its willing to spend on getting certain games on the service. At the higher end, Microsoft was expecting to pay out over $300 million to get Star Wars Jedi: Survivor on the service and $250 million for either Mortal Kombat 1 and Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League. They're all blockbusters, sure, but that's almost $1 billion spent on just Game Pass deals.
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However, there's one blockbuster on the list that Microsoft was expecting to pay nothing close to to what it was expecting for the big guns, and that's Baldur's Gate 3. At just $5 million, Microsoft was hoping it could bag what would eventually go on to become arguably 2023's biggest release, putting it alongside other titles like Return to Monkey Island and Ubisoft's Just Dance series. Safe to say, they'll be paying a lot more than that now if it wants Baldur's Gate 3 on its service.
To be fair to Microsoft, it's easy to point and laugh in hindsight, though $5 million is still ridiculously low considering how well-received Divinity: Original Sin 2 was. As explained by Larian's director of publishing Michael Douse, anyone that hadn't sunk hundreds of hours into the Early AccessRead more on thegamer.com