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E3 2018: Microsoft Studios Commit To More First-Party Games With Five New Studios

Four acquisitions and one new studio

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It is apparent that Microsoft and the Xbox One has one remaining weakness in this generation of consoles: strong exclusive games. They are cornering a certain niche this year for their exclusives, but nothing system-selling like the likes of God Of War, which sold 3.1 million copies in its first three days alone and The Last Of Us, which has sold 17 million copies over 5 years.

It’s not helping the fact that Microsoft has closed down Lionhead and cancelled PlatinumGames’ Scalebound a few years back.

On the Xbox media showcase, Microsoft announced that they will be committing in the first-party space with five new studios joining Microsoft Studios. One new studio is called The Initiative, based in Santa Monica with Darrell Gallagher, former studio head at Crystal Dynamics, leading.

The four other studios joining are existing developers. Undead Labs, which just released the Xbox exclusive State Of Decay 2 and Playground Games (Forza Horizon 1-4) will now join the fold properly as a first-party outfit. Ninja Theory, the folks behind Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Compulsion Games, which will be releasing We Happy Few as a multiplatform title, rounds off the lineup.

No new games were announced together with the announcement, outside of Playground which just unveiled Forza Horizon 4 on the same stage and the other new game, said to be an open world game- with rumours saying it’s a Fable game– was mentioned.

Via The Verge