Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Microsoft acquires a whole bunch of game studios

Microsoft acquires a whole bunch of game studios

Microsoft had an incredibly strong press briefing this year at E3, in a year where the company really needed to come out strong and continue convincing people that they're committed to the future of Xbox.

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The report doesn't go into details about what "Scarlett" will bring onto the Xbox table, especially after Microsoft already released the most powerful console on the market last Fall. Having been independent for a long time, the move will give them a lot more financial security when their games have sometimes struggled to gain the audience they deserve.

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Microsoft purchased Ninja Theory (makers of Hellblade and Heavenly Sword), Forza Horizon developer Playground Games, Compulsion Games (creators of the upcoming We Happy Few) and State of Decay creator Undead Labs. The game, which is set in Britain, represents all four seasons, and each will change how the game looks and plays.

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In the same keynote, Microsoft announced it has bought Playground Games, the developer of the Forza series, with which it has worked closely for years. "We believe these teams have the collective creative power and operational excellence to deliver the next industry game changers". Pre-orders have begun and looking at the latest trailer, we at Carwale can't wait to get our hands on it. A shared world setup means players can automatically inhabit each other's worlds Test Drive Unlimited-style, with a new quick chat functonality meaning players can also communicate with each other more efficiently. "Developed by 343 Industries and created with our new Slipspace Engine". Either way, between Spencer's proclamations and this new report, we know that the Xbox team is getting ready for the future of console gaming. But Microsoft is clearly trying to push its development potential further with the creation of another studio dubbed The Initiative. It will also be available on the day of release to Xbox Game Pass subscribers. Now, the argument could be made that this is also due to a lack of stellar, story-driven, single player games, which is where Sony is seeming to excel. But what is more interesting, is that Microsoft describes "Scarlett" as a family of devices; meaning we may see multiple pieces of hardware released that year.

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