E3 2018: Here's What Happened To Every Studio Microsoft Has Bought

Microsoft has a history of buying new studios, but how long do they last?

FallenAngel19841995d ago

“Of the 10 studios we profiled that Microsoft has acquired over the past 20 years, five have been closed, two are still around but separated, and three are still active members of the Microsoft family.”

I don’t like those odds. Having a 3/10 chance of thriving under Microsoft doesn’t sound comforting.

In fact of those three remaining devs that didn’t try to separate from Microsoft or got shut down.

- Rare turned into a shadow of its former self
- BigPark works more on Microsoft apps than games
- Mojang still has yet to show it isn’t a one trick pony

Lord only knows how this will affect Ninja Theory, Playground Games, Compulsion, or Undead Labs in the long term. I wish them the best though.

Obscure_Observer1995d ago

Just give those studios freedom and they shall shine. Can´t wait to see what Ninja Theory has in store.

zerocarnage1995d ago

fanboy disagrees bunch of Muppets on this site.

from what I've read just sony are only concentrating on 4 exclusives this e3 and not doing all to much, if this is true whats that saying to all the fanboys that keep bitching at MS i will laugh at the fanboys if sony dial it down. I won't laugh because i dislike sony because i do like them but because you fanboys are such a bunch of idiotic plebs that always preach Sony on ign like they never do anything wrong and as if you always know it all and you don't.

PUBG1995d ago

Sony has shut down just as many studios, with Zipper Interactive and Evolution Studios being the two most recent.

PhoenixUp1995d ago (Edited 1995d ago )

Sony also has the best track record of all the hardware manufacturers at maintaining their acquired studios such as Bend Studio, Naughty Dog, Guerilla Games, Media Molecule, & Sucker Punch.

The only acquired developers Microsoft retained thus far have been Rare, BigPark & Mojang. You can’t compare that to the Sony ones I listed earlier for so many reasons.

Even Nintendo’s acquisitions of Retro Studios & Monolith Soft have proven to produce far more quality content than those three Xbox developers.

ScootaKuH1995d ago

I stil haven't got over the closure of Sony Liverpool. I remember them when they were Psygnosis :(

zerocarnage1995d ago

Here we go trying to make ms into the devil again like Sony havnt ever done the same.

I mean it has taken a very long time for Sony to gather the remarkable studios they have but do not forget about the fodder that was put into the pit of doom also and there have been alot along the way.

remember this is business as much as it our enjoyable gaming industry and if these studios are not pulling there weight they are dispatched as if it were head first on the chopping block like medieval days.

These studios have to work hard to keep the attention of the console developers they are under and it's a pretty poor survival rate now days but everyone goes off surprised.

These dev teams do take special kind of nurturing as if they are a baby that needs feeding all the way till they are grown to adult where they can stand on there two feet, it just so happens Sony managed to do this more successful than ms. MS can learn this as well and like many of you said it does requires X amount of money thrown at them, patience and creative freedom as well as risk but it can pay off but not always.

Remember exclusives are a risky business and only one out of a good amount get serious sales numbers, Sony have had a good few games sell well but there have been alot of games which havnt too. You also have alot more thirds being made than firsts and it would take all the console developers to change that state of play for first to over come thirds.

I do love how the Sony side or the haters gave ms stick constantly now they did what the fanboys and haters thought they wouldn't do, the new lame crap thing coming out of there mouths is these studios will be dead soon or they won't make anything decent. I mean seriously get off your high horses and stop being a bunch of arrogant idiots before making yet more assumption you will most likely get wrong for the millionth time. You bunch of Muppets do know no one is interested in the negativity, the hate or your fanboy crap, all were interested in is what these studios will be getting on with and what they are doing just the same as what every other devs out there are developing, same as sony and as nintendo.

Personally I think we will see some great games, there maybe one or two that make there first game and it will be on par but that's just it isn't it these studios could take a while to shine or they could be instant hits either way good job MS and welcome aboard to the new talented dev teams..


Stellar Blade's Developer Shift Up Form Publishing Agreement With PlayStation

Shift Up, the studio behind the upcoming action-adventure game Stellar Blade has announced that they’ve entered a publishing agreement with PlayStation, becoming the first Korean-based studio to join PlayStation’s second-party partners.

XiNatsuDragnel3d ago

Understandable a publishing agreement imo is fair

Obscure_Observer3d ago

"Understandable a publishing agreement imo is fair"

Oh yes... Of course it´s "fair" when its Sony the ones stealing multi platform games from Xbox gamers.

Gotta love the f* hypocrisy. Smdh.

Athlon1013d ago

"Previously, Stellar Blade, known as Project Eve at the time of its announcement, was scheduled to come out on Xbox and PlayStation. However, it seemed the project ran into funding issues, facing possible cancellation entirely. This led to PlayStation assisting the studio, and when Project Eve resurfaced as Stellar Blade, it was revealed that the Xbox version had been canceled."

How is Sony stealing when it's funding the studio and project? I don't see MS funding Bethseda or Activion prior to acquisition.

CrashMania3d ago

Gotta love the false equivalence comparisons. Smdh.

XiNatsuDragnel3d ago (Edited 3d ago )

So did the games xbox get faced cancelations without them?
You need to chill and reevaluate. Business is cruel Microsoft, Nintendo, or Sony ain't your friends they're competing for your money.
It is just Sony is doing things that Sega, or Nintendo would've done tbh.

Vengeance11383d ago

I think you made a pretty big typo there kid, as Xbox is the one removing every multiplat they can find from PlayStation.

Crows903d ago

Its absolutely fair....no hypocrisy...you should be singing their praises...you love this kinda shit.

Redemption-643d ago

You level of ignorance is amazing

jambola3d ago

It's business
You can't steal what someone doesn't own

Obscure_Observer3d ago (Edited 3d ago )


"However, it seemed the project ran into funding issues, facing possible cancellation entirely. This led to PlayStation assisting the studio, and when Project Eve resurfaced as Stellar Blade, it was revealed that the Xbox version had been canceled."

Where´s your *official* source for that? This is nothing but some made up lying bs! Shift Up never ran into funding issues during Stellar Blade´s development. They´re a big a$$ korean studio made of hundreds of developers and partially owned by no other than Tencent!

Sony straight up PAID Shift Up to cancel both Xbox One and Xbox Series versions of that game making it exclusive to Playstation, so yeah, the STOLE IT from Xbox gamers!

So again, bring your official source! I´ll be waiting.

Hofstaderman3d ago

Hey Obscure the ratio of of Ps5 to Series consoles is 93 to 7 in France currently. We'll see you in that inevitable article comment section, right?

Godmars2903d ago

When Sony's working with a studio to further develop new titles vs MS waiting till one with a popular IP is having money troubles, yeah, its fair.

If not then its a more competent method of working with studios.

Pyrofire953d ago

"Stealing" The game almost got cancelled cause it didn't have funding.

Bathyj3d ago

Settle down.
They're helping with a new game from a small developer. Not buying a publisher with a stable if6 Devs and looking decades of IP to their platform.

You want hypocrisy?
Look in the mirror.

Chevalier3d ago

Talk about hypocrisy. Starfield was supposed to be on Playstation. No complaints.

No different than
Indiana Jones
Hellblade 2
Outerworlds 2

It is what it is. 🤷 But you're an idiotic hypocrite so not surprised at all coming from you.

Elda3d ago

MS buying 2 major multi-plat video game developers & publishers are pulling future games from Playstation.

ApocalypseShadow3d ago (Edited 3d ago )

You mean the Robinhood like company(Sony) that helps the poor(indie developers) and denies the rich(Microsoft 2 TRILLION worth) who buys up publishers who were making multi platform games and franchises for decades and took them away? And from getting this game that they don't deserve and didn't help in any way?

Correct me if I'm wrong but it is Sony that is helping smaller developers worldwide from the China hero project, the soon India hero project and is helping this Korean based studio make games. Doing this actually helps Sony in expanding to other cultures. By helping the next generation of developers. Microsoft haven't don't shit.

Microsoft only offers what they think the world wants which is Western content and English only. Tells us oh obscure, what games have Microsoft helped or developed for the Japanese gamers all these years? That tells you right there that Microsoft doesn't care and doesn't offer the gaming industry shit.

kayoss3d ago

@obscure observer
Let me guess, you didn’t do your research before you spout your non sense. Shift Up is not a big corporations. They have about 200 employee. Their annual revenue is ~$24 million dollars. They rely on funding for their project, this included stellar blade. How do you think they get those fundings? From investors. If that funding runs out, they have to cancel the game or find funding from somewhere else. Shift Up is not like Xbox, where they have Microsoft to bail them out. Shift up annual

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BlaqMagiq13d ago

"Sony straight up PAID Shift Up to cancel both Xbox One and Xbox Series versions of that game making it exclusive to Playstation, so yeah, the STOLE IT from Xbox gamers!"

You got a source for that? Or are you talking out of your ass?

Obscure_Observer3d ago

I knew the moment Sony striped Xbox from any game you all would be ok with this.

None of you could bring a single official source to back up your lame and shameless claims! I dare any one of you to bring *proof* that Shift Up was facing money problems!

That´s a f* lie! If you all don´t have proof don´t bother and reply back to me with your lame and bs damage control.

Sony paid Shift Up to cancel and keep Stellar Blade from Xbox gamers. It is what is.

So F* all of your bs excuses to cover Sony´s a$$ on all this!

ChiefofLoliPolice3d ago (Edited 3d ago )

Do you know the difference between buying up WHOLE publishers and second party agreements genius? And you have the nerve..the shear audacity to cry hypocrisy?? You can't be serious...

You already got CoD (which is on a downward spiral and a shell of what it used to be), and Starfield (a fallout/Elder Scrolls reskin).

Be quiet and go sit in the dum dum corner and actually use some brain cells before you think of speaking again. I know it's a challenge for you but you need to try.

Charlieboy3333d ago

Obscure thinks it's unfair for Sony to publish a game that they supported financially and saved from cancellation.

Yet he believes it's perfectly fair for microsoft to BUY two massive actual PUBLISHERS ( with a huge list of IP and games they had no hand in creating ).

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the broken logic of a brain damaged Xtwat on full dislay.