Microsoft Announced They Are Doubling Their Game Development Studios

Microsoft Announced They Are Doubling Their Game Development Studios

That changed this year as the Xbox E3 2018 Press Conference was pretty stellar, as our other writer noted here. This is especially notable though considering that most haven't played a Battletoads game since the 1990s. This is problem number one for a company that still wants you to buy their console, and hopefully sign up for Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass while you're at it.

As the announcement trailer was, in fact, a tech demo it is safe to assume that the game is probably quite far of being completed otherwise we would have seen some actual in-game footage. Perhaps they've shared this information now because Sony bosses recently revealed that the "PS5" isn't supposed to release for another three years, so maybe Microsoft are just trying to get on one step ahead of one of their biggest rivals. With this new addition to the Forza series, Playground Games is adding dynamic seasons, which will change throughout your gameplay that will affect how the world looks and how your auto will drive. It's interesting that Microsoft seemed to lean into the prestige of having a "WORLD PREMIERE" at their show, instead of the traditional badge of pride that is exclusive games. In addition to The Initiative, Microsoft also added to their studios Forza Horizon developer Playground Games, State of Decay developer Undead Labs, Hellblade developer Ninja Theory, and We Happy Few developer Compulsion Games.

Phil Spencer seemingly confirmed that Microsoft is working on more than one Xbox console – or maybe he misspoke. "We want to be free from the AAA machine and make games focused on the experience, not around monetization". However, even if one of the new studios has already started making something, chances are it's 3 years out and Microsoft isn't going to try and stage a comeback on the Xbox One X with new exclusives in 2021.

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The Xbox event was packed with cinematic snippets or play of 52 games, including new installments to blockbuster franchises such as "Fallout" and "Halo". While we haven't heard any rumors of a mobile Xbox product, ever, it's simply impossible that Microsoft hasn't noticed Nintendo's handheld, which is busy setting sales records and skyrocketing up the charts.

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