Phil Spencer, Executive President of Gaming at Microsoft addresses the audience at the Xbox 2018 E3 briefing in Los Angeles, California on June 10, 2018 ahead of the 24th Electronic Entertainment Expo which opens on June 12.
It starts with the founding of The Intiative in Santa Monica, but it goes far, far beyond that with four big acquisitions of developers of different sizes.
Ninja Theory, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice aside, the studio is perhaps best known for DmC and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.
Playground Games. Microsoft has acquired United Kingdom -based Playground Games, a development partner since 2010 that has helped grow the "Forza" franchise to new heights. Montreal-based Compulsion Games is the studio behind We Happy Few.
If these documents are accurate - and assuming Microsoft doesn't change its plans - the publisher plans to aggressively launch multiple hardware items over the next two years, culminating in a next-gen games console.
Playground Games, a 200-plus-employee studio based in Leamington Spa, UK, which developed the Forza Horizon Series of Games. Former Crystal Dynamics Head Darrell Gallagher is at the head of a brand-new studio, The Initiative.
"The original games we create at Microsoft Studios are some of our biggest assets", said Matt Booty, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios.
That includes experts in Microsoft research working on developing the future of gaming AI and the company's cloud engineers building a game streaming network. There was an odd intermission between the awesome gameplay reveal of The Last of Us II, and even once the show-proper got going it didn't last long enough to reach the climax of previous years.
The game itself looks to be built with a huge, expansive, and a seemingly never-ending world and environment but also features some of the classic inclusions that all Halo fans will be familiar with. It will also be available on the day of release to Xbox Game Pass subscribers. The industry is headed in an exciting direction, and we see an opportunity to create awesome new game experiences of the future.
Kitao also talked about the short teaser at The Game Awards and how Miyazaki thought it was a little too short to be shown as a teaser.
It can be noted that Xbox One will soon have Gears of War 5, which seems to focus on the narrative a bit more.