Microsoft acquires indie developers

Written by: GameGulp Staff

Games | Jun 11, 2018

Looks like Microsoft has had enough. With the lack of exclusives being their primary concern, Microsoft acquired five indie game developers. We can imagine the execs, leaning forward on their tables, fingers pressed together in a very Mr. Burns' fashion and whisper, "Excellent."

The developers are as follows:

Undead Labs - Developers of the already Xbox exclusives State of Decay and State of Decay 2. Now that they have Microsfot's full support, we'll see how much further the developers can take the zombie genre.

Playground Games - Developers of Forza Horizon, which also, happens to be an Xbox exclusive to begin with. Now with Microsoft, Phil Spencer, Xbox Chief, said that Playground Games are now open to new projects. Graphics-wise, Forza has always been one of the forefront, so we can hope to see amazing visuals from their future games.

Ninja Theory - Say what you will folks, DmC: Devil May Cry, was great. It had a better story and finer sequences than any of the previous four DMC. Though it was a major departure of game play. Now under Microsoft, Ninja Theory might just be the reason to start taking Xbox more seriously. The developer has a long list of fantastic games such as Heavenly Sword and Hellblade: Sensua's Sacrifice. It's about time Ninja Theory gets solid credit for their AAA efforts.

The Initiative - Darrel Gallagher, former head of Crystal Dynamics of Tomb Raider, has started his own thing and before they could even take off, was acquired by Microsoft. He hasn't mentioned any projects yet besides the typical PR stuff with keywords being "World-class" and "Groundbreaking."

Compulsion Games - Developers of the BioShock-esque We Happy Few. I've always been wondering what has happened to them. Looks like they've gone quiet for a while to transition for the Microsoft acquisition.

That's five developers now working under Microsoft. That's at least five Xbox exclusives within three to five years. That idea alone should make an interesting future for console gaming and tougher rivalry with Sony's PlayStation.

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