One of the biggest news to come out of E3 yesterday was about the 5 new gaming studios to become part of Microsoft 1st party.
Cool stuff, some of these have produced great games already like Forza Horizon and others like Compulsion games have yet to release their next upcoming game, We Happy Few, which looks quite interesting, and I am a big fan of State of Decay so I hope this means they get more support now from Microsoft....I like the variety in all this though, looking forward to seeing what this partnership will produce in the future....details below as reported by Polygon:
- The Initiative: This entirely new Santa Monica, California-based studio is being headed up by Darrell Gallagher, former studio head at Crystal Dynamics, of Tomb Raider fame. His charter at The Initiative is to assemble “world-class talent to create groundbreaking new game experiences.”
- Undead Labs: The Seattle-based team behind State of Decay and State of Decay 2, both Xbox/PC exclusives, is officially joining the Microsoft fold. Undead Labs is headed up by Jeff Strain, who cut his teeth at Blizzard and ArenaNet before striking out on his own.
- Playground Games: The U.K.-based team behind the Xbox/PC-exclusive Forza Horizon series is similarly making its Microsoft relationship permanent. Spencer noted that the studio has been limited to Forza Horizon games, but it will now bring its “open-world expertise to an entirely new project.”
- Ninja Theory: Spencer first worked with Ninja Theory for Kung-Fu Chaos back in the early Xbox days. And now, the storied developer behind Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice — as well as DmC: Devil May Cry, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and the PS3 exclusive Heavenly Sword — is a Microsoft first-party developer.
- Compulsion Games: The Canadian developer behind the upcoming We Happy Few joins Microsoft just in advance of the game’s August release. That title is being published by Gearbox for both Xbox One, Windows and PlayStation 4; it’s unclear if Microsoft’s acquisition will change those plans.