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Microsoft has added five new studios to its first-party roster


 

Xbox’s E3 2018 press conference was full of exciting new game reveals and trailers—I mean, did you see that Cyberpunk 2077 trailer?—but one of the biggest announcements was that Microsoft Studios has added five new internal studios to its roster, including a brand-new one.

Undead Labs (State of Decay and its sequel), Playground Games (Forza Horizon), Ninja Theory (Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, DmC: Devil May Cry), Compulsion Games (We Happy Few), and The Initiative (a new studio headed by former Crystal Dynamics boss Darrell Gallagher) will all be making exclusive titles for Xbox.

Undead Labs and Playground Games seem like obvious choices, as both have been making Xbox exclusives for some time now, and Playground just revealed Forza Horizon 4 at E3 2018. Ninja Theory, however, was something of a surprise, especially considering Hellblade initially launched on PlayStation 4 before coming to Xbox One.

The Initiative is a complete mystery, but Crystal Dynamics is best-known for the most recent Tomb Raider series, so we’re interested to see if Xbox taps Gallagher and co. with making the Xbox’s answer to the Uncharted series, or if it goes in another direction entirely.

These acquisitions seem like a direct response to the common knowledge that Xbox has been lacking in exclusives beyond its core franchises like Halo and Gears of War. It also gives even more credibility to the rumor that Playground Games is working on a new Fable game; Spencer noted that the studio will translate its “open-world expertise to an entirely new project.”

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Microsoft has added five new studios to its first-party roster

Xbox answered criticisms about its lack of first-party exclusives with a massive sweep of studio acquisitions.

By Michael Goroff | 06/10/2018 03:43 PM PT

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Xbox’s E3 2018 press conference was full of exciting new game reveals and trailers—I mean, did you see that Cyberpunk 2077 trailer?—but one of the biggest announcements was that Microsoft Studios has added five new internal studios to its roster, including a brand-new one.

Undead Labs (State of Decay and its sequel), Playground Games (Forza Horizon), Ninja Theory (Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, DmC: Devil May Cry), Compulsion Games (We Happy Few), and The Initiative (a new studio headed by former Crystal Dynamics boss Darrell Gallagher) will all be making exclusive titles for Xbox.

Undead Labs and Playground Games seem like obvious choices, as both have been making Xbox exclusives for some time now, and Playground just revealed Forza Horizon 4 at E3 2018. Ninja Theory, however, was something of a surprise, especially considering Hellblade initially launched on PlayStation 4 before coming to Xbox One.

The Initiative is a complete mystery, but Crystal Dynamics is best-known for the most recent Tomb Raider series, so we’re interested to see if Xbox taps Gallagher and co. with making the Xbox’s answer to the Uncharted series, or if it goes in another direction entirely.

These acquisitions seem like a direct response to the common knowledge that Xbox has been lacking in exclusives beyond its core franchises like Halo and Gears of War. It also gives even more credibility to the rumor that Playground Games is working on a new Fable game; Spencer noted that the studio will translate its “open-world expertise to an entirely new project.”

Read More


About Michael Goroff

view all posts

Michael Goroff has been gaming for almost three decades. He's a lover of all games and systems, but he mostly plays Xbox. That being said, if he's a fanboy, he's a fanboy for the game industry as a whole. Spit white-hot fanboy hate at him, trash talk his Gold II rank on Rocket League, or maybe just send him a cordial hello on Twitter @gogogoroff.