Thanks to the legal dispute with the FTC, Microsoft is seeing how all the information provided is being leaked, and the latest It is linked to Baldur’s Gate 3. Leaked documents reveal that, for Microsoft, Baldur’s Gate 3 was not a game to be reckoned with. The funny thing comes when we know what has ended up happening over time.
Specifically, the leak is linked to how much Microsoft would pay to bring certain titles to the Xbox Game Pass service on the day of their launch. The funniest thing of all is that although Larian Studios wanted to pay for the title “two hard“, for a game that already smells of future failure from the day of its launch, Suicide Squad, They valued its acquisition for 50 times more money.
For Microsoft, Baldur’s Gate 3 was priced at only $5 million
That’s right, the documents indicate that for Microsoft, the cost of a Baldur’s Gate 3 from the day it was launched on Game Pass cost 5 million dollars. For reference, in the first week of launch, Larian Studios surpassed the barrier of $50 million in revenue. To make matters worse, since the day of its launch the game arrived on GOG.com without DRM. This involved buying the game, downloading it, and putting the entire file in a Torrent, or pendrive, and installing it on another computer without any problem. This makes the sales value clear, and removes the mask from the piracy excuse with the inclusion of DRM.
The one that is a great failure is the Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, a game that Microsoft hoped could cost $300 million. That is, this game would cost 60 times more. When push comes to shove, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor reached a peak player count of 67,855 players. 5 months after its release, its record stands at 2,772 simultaneous players.
Baldur’s Gate 3 reached the 875,343 players and, a month and a half after its launch, it reaches over 320,000 players on a Tuesday night. Finally, Assassin’s Creed Mirage was valued at 100 million dollars. Obviously, another game that will be far inferior to BG3.
It was also indicated that this game was more worthy of reaching other services such as Stadia
Microsoft’s biggest disdain was having indicated that Baldur’s Gate 3 was a second rate game. Basically, it was more worthy of the now defunct Google Stadia platform. After seeing how successful it has become, Microsoft even allowed Larian Studios to release Baldur’s Gate 3 in the game without meeting some Xbox requirements. Specifically, eliminate split-screen co-op mode due to the lack of power on your Xbox Series S so that it reaches the Xbox Series X and Series S as quickly as possible.
While these prices were estimated, none of these games have arrived, or been announced for Game Pass. This makes it clear that choose which game enters Game Pass and which does not It is a really complicated task. Basically, they have really made it clear that They have not been able to estimate the prices of the games. Therefore, one wrong move can cost millions of dollars in losses.
Basically, Microsoft missed the opportunity to add great value to Game Pass by integrating Baldur’s Gate 3. Of course, Larian Studios has come out on top. So everyone happy.
The FTC defends itself: “we are not responsible for the massive Microsoft leak”
Douglas FarrarDirector of the Federal Trade Commission, went on the record to say not to blame them of the massive Microsoft data leak.
“The FTC was not responsible for uploading Microsoft’s plans for its games and consoles to the court’s website. The judge just issued this order related to the accidental release of Microsoft documents.”
In the document you mention, Jacqueline Scott Corley, judge of the United States Court, indicated that Microsoft itself was to blame for the leaks. Specifically, he offered a link with all the information that has been leaked.
“Microsoft provided the link on September 14 and the court uploaded the evidence to the website that established this case.”