Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Microsoft Announces Five New and Acquired Studios

Microsoft Announces Five New and Acquired Studios

Microsoft's E3 conference has brought not just game announcements, but also exciting industry news for players interested in the company's hold in the gaming world.

First, he announced the creation of a brand new studio called The Initiative. He comes from Crystal Dynamics where he worked on the recent Tomb Raider franchise reboot.

What's more, Microsoft also acquired We Happy Few developer Compulsion Games and Hellblade developer Ninja Theory. The message was clear: Xbox is going to be about the games again. No games now being worked on by the studio were announced, but it is said to focus on "storytelling, world-building and creative exploration". Onstage, Phil Spencer announced that Microsoft has acquired four existing and highly rated development studios: Playground Games, Ninja Theory, Undead Labs and Compulsion Games. Spencer confirmed that Playground is making a brand-new game, which is rumored to be Fable 4. Interestingly, Ninja Theory created PlayStation-exclusive Heavenly Sword back for the PlayStation 3, but the developer will now be developing exclusively for Xbox.

Undead Labs is known for the State of Decay franchise.

This is a big move from Microsoft, which has been often criticized for its lack of focus on delivering a strong first-party lineup.

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