Microsoft Announces Five New and Acquired Studios

Microsoft, as expected, has unveiled a brand new Forza game for Xbox One and PC at E3 2018.

In addition to the 100 titles already included in the Xbox Game Pass and the promise of adding all Microsoft Studios' titles on launch, the Redmond giant is also adding three big names in the open-world genre to its subscription service. The racing studio will also bring its expertise to an unannounced open-world project.

Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of gaming who joined the company's senior leadership team in September, said on Sunday that "we are committed to building an industry-leading first party studios organization".

For Xbox gamers, this is likely going to mean plenty of new titles coming exclusively to Xbox or Microsoft Platforms.

First off, Microsoft has acquired Playground Games to work on more Forza for the console. Ninja Theory made the impressively cinematic Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Gallagher was a previously the studio head at Crystal Dynamics working on the Tomb Raider series as well as a senior vice president at Activision for the Call of Duty franchise. Interestingly, Ninja Theory created PlayStation-exclusive Heavenly Sword back for the PlayStation 3, but the developer will now be developing exclusively for Xbox. And, Compulsion Games is behind the dystopian We Happy Few.

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