With the Xbox trailing the PS4 on console sales Microsoft seems to have upped its game, increasing its commitment to the platform. At it’s annual E3 press conference, Xbox head Phil Spencer announced Microsoft was investing in five studios, acquiring four studios and setting up a new studio.

Microsoft Studio’s new corporate vice president Matt Booty said:

“The original games we create at Microsoft Studios are some of our biggest assets. Our growth strategy is to continue to expand the worlds that players love while developing all-new exclusive games that deepen their engagement with our platform. We are thrilled to welcome five new studios into the Microsoft family. We believe these teams have the collective creative power and operational excellence to deliver the next industry game changers. ”

ANNOUNCED DATE ACQUIRER TARGET COMPANY AMOUNT (M) LOCATION TARGET DESCRIPTION
6/10/18 Microsoft Compulsion Games Montreal Developer of “As We Happy Few”, a multiplatform game
6/10/18 Microsoft Undead Labs Seattle Undead Labs has been taken over by Microsoft as well, following the recent success of State of Decay 2.
6/10/18 Microsoft Ninja Theory Cambridge, UK Hellblade studio Ninja Theory has also been snapped up by Microsoft, presumably to make some exciting first-party action games for Xbox.
6/10/18 Microsoft Playground Games Leamington Spa, UK
Playground Games to work on more Forza for the console. The racing studio will also bring its expertise to an unannounced open-world project.

 

In addition to the four acquisitions, Microsoft also announced the opening of a new studio located in Santa Monica called The Initiative. David Gallagher, previously Senior Vice President at Activision and before that was at Crystal Dynamics has come on board as the Studio Head for The Initiative. With all the growth in bridging film and games having a studio in LA seems essential. Microsoft has said the studio is already working on a game.

David Gallagher – Studio Head at The Initiative