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Microsoft adds five big gaming studios to its family, including Playground Games

Melba Vasquez | 11 June, 2018, 04:42

Microsoft's E3 conference has brought not just game announcements, but also exciting industry news for players interested in the company's hold in the gaming world. State of Decay and the recently-released State of Decay 2 have been exclusives for Xbox, so it seems a ideal fit for the studio to officially fall under Microsoft's first-party lineup of developers. What took us by surprise was the acquisition of three other renowned studios: Undead Labs, makers of State of Decay; Ninja Theory, the folks behind Senua's Sacrifice; and Compulsion Games, the developers of We Happy Few.

First, he announced the creation of a brand new studio called The Initiative.

For Xbox gamers, this is likely going to mean plenty of new titles coming exclusively to Xbox or Microsoft Platforms.

This means Microsoft also gets the benefit of not just the Forza Horizon series but the open-world action RPG that Playground announced they were working on late past year.

The first is the Santa Monica-based The Initiative, which is being headed up by former Tomb Raider boss Darrell Gallagher. Spencer confirmed that Playground is making a brand-new game, which is rumored to be Fable 4.

Microsoft has been criticized in the past for not having enough exclusives.

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