13 development teams in total.
Microsoft announced during today’s episode of Inside Xbox that it has changed the name of its game development umbrella from Microsoft Studios to Xbox Game Studios.
Xbox Game Studios is comprised of 13 individual development teams: 343 Industries, The Coalition, Compulsion Games, The Initiative, inXile Entertainment, Minecraft (Mojang), Ninja Theory, Obsidian Entertainment, Playground Games, Rare, Turn 10 Studios, Undead Labs and Microsoft’s Global Publishing group. These teams are working on exclusive new properties and fresh chapters from returning franchises like Halo, Forza, Gears of War and Minecraft.
During Inside Xbox, Microsoft mentioned getting the heads of all of these studios together to collaborate, perhaps even sharing technology to assist in game development.
This isn’t the first time Microsoft has changed the name of its collective of game developers. Originally called Microsoft Games in 2000, that moniker was changed to Microsoft Game Studios in 2001. In 2011, that was changed once again to the Microsoft Studios label we’ve known until this year.
This latest change was made in the spirit of Microsoft declaring that Xbox is its gaming brand across all devices, expanding beyond a console focus and including PC and mobile in the mix. This announcement comes after Microsoft obtained/established seven new game development studios last year.
Microsoft announced it would acquire four studios during E3 2018: Ninja Theory, Undead Labs, Compulsion Games, and Playground Games. At this time, Microsoft also announced it was opening The Initiative, a Santa Monica team that has been recruiting top-tier talent from throughout the games industry. During XO18, Microsoft announced it would acquire two more studios: Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment.
To find out what we believe many of these teams are working on, check out the state of every first-party developer within the rebranded Xbox Game Studios.
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