SHOCK HORROR! MS sets up core first party studio, aims to create the next Halo

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#1 Posted by balfe1990 (6747 posts) -

Black Tusk Studios, formerly MS Vancouver (worked on MS flight), has just been set up.

Speaking toThe Vancouver Sun, former EA employee and current Black Tusk studio boss Michael Crump said the studio will focus on, big games, big teams and big budgets with long timelines.

What that means is we are working on Microsoft's next big entertainment franchise, he said.

We're not working on an existing franchise, we're looking to build the next Halo here in Vancouver, for example, which is really exciting. We are building something from the ground up.

To accompany this new pushthe studios website has updated, revealing that Black Tusk is working on AAA games that push the limits of Microsoft's entertainment platforms.

Do you want to help define Microsoft's next big entertainment franchise? Let's talk, it says.

Among the studios advertised roles is a posting for a senior gameplay engineer who has experience with multiplayer and/or co-op gameplay development.

Another posting asks for a senior AI engineer and refers to the game as a AAA core game.

Meanwhile, it has beenreportedthat Black Tusks in-development game is a sci-fi shooter on the scale of Gears of War or Halo. The lead designer of Crysis 2 is among the staff.

Back in July it was announced that Microsoft Game Studios Vancouver had halted development on two games, Microsoft Flight and Project Columbia - an interactive childrens TV project.

Now back from the brink as Black Tusk, itll be interesting to see what they come up with.

another source

Vancouver Sun interview

Honestly, I'm surprised. I thought MS were done with creating any new first party games or studios for the 360. Unless this is aimed for the 720, which is a little more likely.

Thoughts? Did you collapse with a heart attack when you read MS and new core IP in the same sentence? Is Black Tusk a terrible, terrible name? Is SNIPER4321 the harcoreiest person ever?

#2 Posted by freedomfreak (38685 posts) -
I'm so excited for this. I can hardly wait.
#3 Posted by Badosh (12727 posts) -
#4 Posted by balfe1990 (6747 posts) -

[QUOTE="balfe1990"]

Everyone, go to my thread it's WAAAY better!

Badosh

You ask. I come.

*nods*

#5 Posted by locopatho (20112 posts) -
[QUOTE="freedomfreak"]More Halo? C'mon...

"We're not working on an existing franchise" READ, PEOPLE!
#6 Posted by balfe1990 (6747 posts) -

More Halo? C'mon...freedomfreak

They mean to make a franchise on the scale of Halo, not another Halo game.

Halo won't last forever and they need their new killer app.

#7 Posted by DrTrafalgarLaw (4440 posts) -

Your thread sucks, where is the snark?

#8 Posted by SecretPolice (21346 posts) -

C&P from other thread..

It's a TPS and will steal the TPS crown from Gears. surprised.gif

Just sayin.

Happy now?

I kid.. :P

#9 Posted by balfe1990 (6747 posts) -

Your thread sucks, where is the snark?

DrTrafalgarLaw

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#10 Posted by Thefatness16 (4672 posts) -

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#11 Posted by Badosh (12727 posts) -
Kinect exclusive, wah.
#12 Posted by DrTrafalgarLaw (4440 posts) -

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Thefatness16
Burnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
#13 Posted by Thefatness16 (4672 posts) -

Kinect exclusive, wah. Badosh

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#14 Posted by freedomfreak (38685 posts) -

[QUOTE="freedomfreak"]More Halo? C'mon...balfe1990

They mean to make a franchise on the scale of Halo, not another Halo game.

Halo won't last forever and they need their new killer app.

Oh okay. I took that too literally.
#15 Posted by freedomfreak (38685 posts) -
[QUOTE="locopatho"][QUOTE="freedomfreak"]More Halo? C'mon...

"We're not working on an existing franchise" READ, PEOPLE!

I refuse.
#16 Posted by lundy86_4 (42805 posts) -

This could be cool.

#17 Posted by PAL360 (26632 posts) -

More Halo? C'mon...freedomfreak

He meas a new franshise with Halo/Gears quality, which sounds awesome! 343i is already working on the next Halo games.

#18 Posted by freedomfreak (38685 posts) -

[QUOTE="freedomfreak"]More Halo? C'mon...PAL360

He meas a new franshise with Halo/Gears quality, which sounds awesome! 343i is already working on the next Halo games.

i know i know might as well edit muh first post
#19 Posted by balfe1990 (6747 posts) -

[QUOTE="PAL360"]

[QUOTE="freedomfreak"]More Halo? C'mon...freedomfreak

He meas a new franshise with Halo/Gears quality, which sounds awesome! 343i is already working on the next Halo games.

i know i know might as well edit muh first post

lawl, you're getting it from all angles

#20 Posted by freedomfreak (38685 posts) -

[QUOTE="freedomfreak"][QUOTE="PAL360"]

He meas a new franshise with Halo/Gears quality, which sounds awesome! 343i is already working on the next Halo games.

balfe1990

i know i know might as well edit muh first post

lawl, you're getting it from all angles

dude...
#21 Posted by AdobeArtist (22787 posts) -

Looks like someone beat you to it by a hair.