Microsoft acquires a whole bunch of game studios

Microsoft is just about to kick off its Xbox E3 Media Briefing conference wherein we're expecting to see some of the major plans the gaming company titan has for the next year or so. The message was clear: Xbox is going to be about the games again. But despite the lack of details, it's likely reassuring for Xbox fans that there will be a followup to the Xbox One X. The four studios will add to Microsoft's considerable heft in first-party game development, especially as the company looks to strengthen its game download subscription service Xbox Game Pass. There's also new for this year a route creation tool, allowing players to create their own races anywhere within the game map.

Undead Labs has been taken over by Microsoft as well, following the recent success of State of Decay 2.

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The new studios will all be housed beneath the Microsoft Studios brand alongside a new venture called The Initiative led by former Crystal Dynamics head of studio Darrell Gallagher.

Then there's Compulsion Games, the developer behind We Happy Few, which is also involved in this big video game love-in.

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