One of the oddest parts of the Microsoft XBox One announcement was the announcement that World of Tanks was coming…. to the 360. Just as an aside on this article.
“The biggest hurdle that Wargaming had to overcome was not a technical one at all. Wargaming had to convince Microsoft to change its business policies and procedures. “This is a risky thing for us and for Microsoft,” said Kislyi. “If you look at this objectively this is probably the first big project to come into Xbox free-to-play. Because Microsoft is a huge corporation… they have rules, they still sell boxes, there are dozens of aspects we are working with them to overcome. They have to change; they understand this.”
I really don’t know how much convincing you need to do. Microsoft has shown all signs of seeing the writing on the wall, and realizing this is where the market was trying to go. The fact that they went out and pursued a partnership with one of the largest microtransaction games in the world suggests to me that they are interested in having solved all of the problems before this business model becomes the norm instead of an asterisk. Anyone whose ever tried to buy anything quickly on the XBox 360 knows there’s a lot of work here to be done.
It’s still weird that they’re not focusing their efforts on WoT on the XBox One, though.