It seems Microsoft loves strategy games. I mean who doesn’t, right? But it’s not like your average RTS game gets the kind of mainstream attention that Halo or Cyberpunk gets. And yet, I recently sat down with Microsoft’s general manager for portfolio planning and analysis, Matt Percy, to talk about how valued these experiences are for Xbox Game Pass for PC.
Now known as PC Game Pass, the ‘Netflix for games’ service has certainly proven to be a very potent arrow in Microsoft’s quiver, and strategy games are reportedly an important component to its success. It’s not all about Forza Horizon 5 or Halo Infinite, it’s about Total War: Warhammer III and Microsoft’s own Age of Empires IV as well.
Some fun facts about PC Game Pass: strategy games made up about 15% of the launch portfolio, with grand strategy game Imperator: Rome one of the genre’s leading names on the service. Now, there are over 40 strategy games, and Percy couldn’t be happier. “Strategy games have become some of the most popular titles in our portfolio,” he tells us. “They’re consistently in the top ten games every month and they drive as much as 20% of our monthly engagement on PC.”