Microsoft made a flurry of acquisition announcements during the company’s keynote at E3, bolstering its continued investment in gaming technology.
Microsoft’s internal game development arm, Microsoft Studios, has swooped up five other studios, including Playground Games, developer of the popular Forza titles.
Other studios now apart of Microsoft include:
- Seattle-based Undead Labs, maker of State of Decay
- Ninja Theory, maker of Hellblade
- Compulsion Games, maker of We Happy Few
5 new Studios – our commitment to a world class Studios organization is of highest importance. pic.twitter.com/NCniyu6ZwK
— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) June 10, 2018
“The foundation we have in place for The Initiative is unique in many ways,” Gallagher, who was previously an executive at Activision, said in a blog post. “We’ve been given the freedom to explore, try new things and operate like an independent studio, with the backing from one of the biggest companies in the world to do something bold and different. The industry is headed in an exciting direction, and we see an opportunity to create amazing new game experiences of the future.”