In a big push for more first-party content, Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer announced the acquisition of four gaming studios to be integrated under the Microsoft Studios umbrella.
The first two studios come as no surprise. Undead Labs, creators of the Xbox-exclusive State of Decay comes first. Playground Games, developers of Xbox’s triple A racing game Forza Horizon, also joins the fray. The third studio, Ninja Theory (known for the award-winning Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice), comes as a big surprise, since most of their releases favored both the Sony and Microsoft consoles. Compulsion Games takes up the rear, with their latest game We Happy Few slowly approaching its commercial launch.
In addition to these acquisitions, Microsoft also formed a new Santa Monica-based studio called The Initiative headed by former Crystal Dynamics head Darrell Gallagher.
This puts Microsoft at a significant advantage for Xbox-exclusive games with the 10 different studios under their banner. Other studios include 343 Industries (Halo franchise), The Coalition, Rare, Turn 10, Mojang, and Microsoft Studios Global Publishing.
Though only Playground Games got to showcase their work in today’s Microsoft E3 2018 conference, we can expect the newly-acquired studios to be cooking something exciting for Xbox gamers.