E3 2019: With Double Fine Buyout, Microsoft Now Has 15 Game Studios

Microsoft now has 15 different internal studios.

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In recent years, Microsoft was criticized for a--perceived or otherwise--lack of exclusive content and compelling games, but those days may be behind the company. In 2018, Microsoft acquired Undead Labs (State of Decay), Playground Games (Forza Horizon), Obsidian (Fallout: New Vegas), Ninja Theory (Hellblade), inXile (Wasteland), and Compulsion Games (We Happy Few), while also creating a brand-new southern California studio in The Initiative.

At E3 2019 this week, Microsoft acquired Brutal Legend and Psychonauts studio Double Fine and created another brand-new studio to focus on developing the Age of Empires franchise. Together with Microsoft's own Global Publishing studio, Microsoft now has 15 studios under its Xbox Game Studios banner.

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It appears Microsoft has now more than enough talent to release new games on a semi-regular basis. Some of Microsoft's other studios include Halo developer 343 Industries, Gears of War studio The Coalition, and mainline Forza Motorsport team Turn 10. Microsoft also has Sea of Thieves developer Rare and the Minecraft team at Mojang under its catalog of owned studios.

At the Xbox E3 briefing today, Ninja Theory announced its new multiplayer game Bleeding Edge, while Playground showed off the wild new Lego expansion for Forza Horizon 4. 343, meanwhile, showcase a new story trailer for Halo Infinite, while The Coalition revealed more Gears 5 footage. Undead Labs announced a new expansion for State of Decay 2 called Heartland, while the Age of Empires studios announced Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition.

In a blog post, Microsoft confirmed that company veteran Shannon Loftis is heading up the new Age of Empires studio while Microsoft has hired former Warner Bros. veteran Peter Wyse to run the new Global Publishing team.

The only Xbox Game Studio without an announced project is The Initiative, which is a the Santa Monica-based studio that was only just formed last year and is only just getting started on its first title.

Xbox Game Studios Developers

  • 343 Industries
  • The Coalition
  • Compulsion Games
  • Double Fine
  • Microsoft Studios Global Publishing
  • The Initiative
  • inXile
  • Mojang
  • Ninja Theory
  • Obsidian
  • Playground Games
  • Rare
  • Turn 10 Studios
  • Undead Labs
  • Age of Empires

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15 studios, all working in either Halo, Gears, or Forza.

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@khelandros: No. They're not.

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@bdrtfm: Prove me wrong.

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@khelandros: Why would any company have more than one studio working on a game let alone 15 studios working on 3? I don't have to prove the blatantly obviously false as wrong. Like they're going to have 5 studios working on one game. Jesus.

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@bdrtfm: All I'm seeing is that you can't.

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Showing off how many Studios you've got under your belt means nothing until and unless they produce exclusives worthy of standing tall themselves.

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are any of them making fable 4

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@alaannn: Playground

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all those studio producing game, but there are some games i'm interested but not much.

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RiP Double Fine

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"Paying for many third party exclusives isn't are long term strategy" - Big Phil, 2015. "Instead, we will buy the whole damn company" - 2019

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@moonco: How do you think Sony ended up with so many studios? They bought them. They've also closed more studios than Microsoft owns. I still remember when they bought and closed Psygnosis, the oldest game studio in history at the time. 30 years of making games and they shut them down. Both companies are guilty of this. Besides, Spencer never said he wasn't going to buy more studios so....

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I know a lot of people including my self were very disappointed that we didn't see games from this new studio's at E3 this year but We may not see much of anything from them until next years E3 where there is time to work and have something to show off. Next years E3 is gonna be where we gonna see what they are cooking and i'm expecting to see a whole lot's of game from them.

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@doomsdayhell01: What are you talking about? MOST of the games they showed were from these studios.

Wasteland 3 is at the top of my list.

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they have a studio named "Age of the Empires"?

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@jyml8582: I wish they make a new Age of Mythology game. That's one of my all time favorite strategy games.

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@jyml8582: I think that’s just a temporary placeholder name until they announce a final name.

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@jyml8582: That can't be right but regardless that's a very impressive list of talent.

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@doomsdayhell01: Not really. Many studios and their games on that list have fallen from grace since joining MS, and a number of the new guys haven't been doing that much better.

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Can’t wait until next year to see what they got