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Flight of the Killer B's: As Bizarre, Bungie and BioWare Flee the Redmond Hive, What Does This Mean For Microsoft Game Studios?

Three is a trend, or so the saying goes among journalists. So what are we to make of the steady exodus of highly acclaimed developers from the warm embrace of Microsoft Game Studios into the arms of others? Last Thursday's news that Electronic Arts had acquired BioWare Pandemic from Elevation Partners for nearly $800 million marked the third time in just three weeks that a top developer of multiple Xbox games has jumped ship.

First, on September 26th, Activision announced that it would be purchasing the previously-independent U.K. studio Bizarre Creations, which made four Project Gotham Racing games for MGS between 2001 and 2006. A week later, rumors began to mount that Bungie-the brightest light in the MGS firmament by virtue of its three best-selling Halo games and the only one of the three Killer B's actually owned by Microsoft-had repurchased its independence from the Redmond giant. The rumors proved true, and by the end of the week, both parties released statements attesting to that fact.

When EA made its announcement not even a week later, that BioWare-makers of the MGS titles Jade Empire and the forthcoming Mass Effect-and Pandemic would be joining its Murderer's Row, much of the focus was on whether or not EA overpaid (we'll tackle that in a subsequent post) and was it good or bad that EA's already formidable power was spreading unchecked throughout the industry like the baleful Eye of Sauron.

Left relatively unexamined, with the exception of a few message boards, fansites and podcasts, was this: what does it say about Microsoft Game Studios that three of the industry's most renowned developers have slipped through its fingers in less than a month's time?

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toughNAME3484d ago

seems like Microsoft is freeing up some money...

bym051d3484d ago

I'm not sure that freeing up cash is the right answer. Microsoft is probably the company in the world who least need to get *more* free cash.

Nicosia3484d ago

Lets be fair, this dude is rehasing alot of speculation..this is pretty ''outsider'' information. Disagree to disagree..N'Gai Croal.

bym051d3484d ago

Did you expect a lot of insider information from a Newsweek reporter?

Nicosia3484d ago

The thing is that when this guy says it everybody believes its true.

supaet3484d ago

the only studio that ms actually "lost" is bungie.

ms never owned bizarre and bioware

bym051d3484d ago

From the article:

"Bungie—the brightest light in the MGS firmament by virtue of its three best-selling Halo games and the only one of the three Killer B's actually owned by Microsoft"

It says the others were attached because they had games published by Microsoft Game Studios.

Dlacy13g3484d ago

MS studios still published PGR4 and any future PGR's. MS is publishing Mass Effect...and the agreed upon trilogy. So really nothing has changed in the immediate future, really its the long term future and even that is subject to question regarding Mass Effect and said trilogy.

kn3484d ago

What fool wouldn't take that offer?

bym051d3484d ago

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Sell crazy somewhere else. It's a industry story from a major news outlet's website that's also found on slashdot. Whether you like it or not doesn't necessarily make it lame. It's news.

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