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Microsoft Agrees to Acquire BigPark Inc.

Microsoft Corp. today announced its intent to acquire BigPark Inc., an interactive online gaming company based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

BigPark was founded in 2007 by a group of industry veterans who led the creation and growth of two hugely successful software companies, Distinctive Software Inc. and Electronic Arts Canada. BigPark's founding team is composed of business leaders with over 80 years of collective experience in the video game industry, having produced or overseen blockbuster franchises including "Need for Speed," "FIFA Soccer," "NBA Street" and "SSX."

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original seed3063d ago (Edited 3063d ago )

Not really into those games but still good games. Looking forward to E3 game.

mintaro3063d ago

I'm guessing this is going to be connected to whatever motion plans they have going.

Ausbo3063d ago

if they create successful first party sports games like sony have done with their nba and mlb the show series this could boost microsoft's lineup in the coming years.

morganfell3063d ago

If I was in that company I would ask the members of Ensemble what I could expect from my job regarding a long term future...

PotNoodle3063d ago

morgan, ensemble was with microsoft for 8 years, i'd say that was pretty long.

But it is nice to see microsoft building their first party back up again.

socomnick3063d ago

"1.5 -
pwned

http://www.gamezone.com/new...

Ok I think its confirmed, morganfell is a bloody moron, either that or he has downs syndrome.

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Lucreto3063d ago (Edited 3063d ago )

Never heard of them what games did they make?

matt2473063d ago

They've made nothing. They formed in '07 and are working on an exclusive game for the 360.

DelbertGrady3063d ago

I find it easier to read for myself instead of asking others.

Anyways...

"We are delighted by the opportunity to welcome the BigPark team into Microsoft Game Studios," said Phil Spencer, general manager, Microsoft Game Studios. "The team is composed of some of the most experienced and creative minds working in the industry today. The combination of the BigPark and Microsoft Game Studios talent pools will be an accelerant for growth and innovation. We believe BigPark has tremendous potential to create new properties and innovative gaming experiences for our platforms, one of which we're looking forward to showcasing at the E3 Expo in June."

I have a feeling MS will sh!t all over the competition at E3.

II Necroplasm II3063d ago (Edited 3063d ago )

It will take time for Microsoft to have plenty of first party studios, they have only been in the game not even 10 years yet.

@Soda
I see Soda that someone with multiple accounts is hitting the disagree button on your post.
well whatever makes them feel better.

Marquis_de_Sade3063d ago

Or it could be that we don't think MS will "sh!t all over the competition at E3".

II Necroplasm II3063d ago

Did he say do you have the feeling?

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-EvoAnubis-3063d ago

I started to think MS forgot that 1st party studios are a good thing. Nice to see them using their money effectively. They need to keep this up.

ShabzS3063d ago (Edited 3063d ago )

but this company has worked/ overseen on sports related titles... nhl nfs and fifa.. must be a new sports title at e3.. but a new ip is also mentioned.. so have to wait till e3

gaffyh3063d ago (Edited 3063d ago )

I wonder how Ensemble and ACES Game studio feel. They essentially got fired so MS could buy this new studio. Although maybe this new studio has more potential...

IaMs123063d ago

Correction @ Above, they didnt "Fire" them all, although im sure many were layed off due to economic issues but anyways they were all compiled into a new studio to save money. Many of the orignial members are there still like Ensemble said it will not effect Age of Empire games, they shut the studio down to move them close in. The other hand with ACES im not sure of that story.

siyrobbo3063d ago (Edited 3063d ago )

MS still have a few first party devs, some staff from the closed studios have been absorbed into MGS, i think they may just have preferred everyone to be under one roof to pool the talent, but then what the hell do i know, maybe they are just stupid?

NegativeCreepWA3063d ago

Ensemble was turned into two studios, so really a company was added not taking away.

-EvoAnubis-3063d ago

Wrong. It didn't "turn into" anything. After MS unceremoniously shut them down, some former company members formed other studios. Three, not two: Robot Entertainment, Windstorm Studios, and Bonfire Studios.

DMA Design turned into Rockstar North. EA Redwood Studios turned into Visceral Games. Ensemble Studios was shut down, and some employees formed other companies. "Turned into" my ass.

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BLaZiN PRopHeT3063d ago

Looking forward to seeing the new IP at E3

Elven63063d ago

Interesting, Don Mattrick is one of the founding members of Big Park which opened in 2007, hmmm?

These guys seem pretty sports oriented, maybe Microsoft is returning to the sports genre?

PirateThom3063d ago

My fist thought was the same as yours, I also figured PGR would be a likely game for them.

khsmooth3063d ago

...if we see an avatar based sports game