At their annual E3 conference, Microsoft announced that they will be acquiring 5 new studios- Playground Games, Undead Labs, Compulsion Games, Ninja Theory, and The Initiative. What does all this mean for Xbox and the future of Microsoft?
Good luck Microsoft
Great times ahead. Phil Spencer trully delivered on his promisses on acquiring/creating new first party studios! Well done, Xbox Team!
These studios may not be int he same league of Naughty Dog, Media Molecule, or Sucker Punch, but its better than nothing. At least MS knows their problems and acknowledging that is the right step.
My Predications 1. Playground "Studio 1" - Forza Horizon subseries 2. Playground "Studio 2"- Open World RPG (Likely Fable) 3. Ninja Theory- AA to AAA Single player games. 4. Undead Labs- Either more State of Decay games or AA titles 5. Compulsion Games - Indie to AA games 6. The Initiative- Big AAA games Aside: I hope to see the new studios work on new IPs and old/classic series.
After State of Decay 1 became a hit, MS signed a deal for 2 sequels with them. So I expect them to do State of Decay 3 next. I think MS might finance them very well to get it from AA to AAA. And I mean this only from a budget perspective, I think State of Decay 1 and 2 are fine games by their current standards. So Playground 1: Forza Horizon (AAA) Playground 2: Fable IV (AAA) Ninja Theory: New IP (AAA) Undead Labs: State of Decay (AA) Compulsion Games: New IP / We Happy Few 2 (AA) The Initiative: New IP (AAA) Any news who is developing Battletoads?
DLaLa Studios + Rare
It means we really won't see anything until next gen.
Yea. Good on them for FINALLY investing in studios, but this should've been done many years ago. Even back when the First time they said they were committed to 1st party games. That they're only doing this now means there won't be anything until Next Gen. That also puts them in a good position come the launch of the next Xbox, but that also means fans can continue to expect the same drought they've had all this generation of exclusive games.
Hopefully it means these studios will have more resources to make even better games.
Best E3 for MS
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