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Five new developers join
the Xbox family
While any gaming platform you pick will offer
a wide array of fantastic third-party titles,
it's often the exclusive games that each one
features that make consumers choose one
console or handheld over another.
So, those teams and studios working to
build unique experiences you can only find
on one system are of constant importance.
Onstage during the Xbox E3 press conference, Xbox head Phil Spencer reiterated his
company's commitment to delivering a wide
array of exclusive games. To help with that,
Spencer announced that five new internal
studios would be coming on board to create
new Xbox exclusives.
Four of those developers were alreadyestablished teams that Microsoft Studios
has now fully acquired. The first, Playground
Games, comes as no real surprise. The U.K.-
based group has been a development partner
on the Forza series since 2010, and is the
studio directly responsible for this year's Forza
Horizon 4. Another team now being brought
under the Microsoft Studios umbrella that
wasn't unexpected is Undead Labs in Seattle,
Washington. Their latest open-world zombiesurvival project, State of Decay 2, has already
seen over two million players in its first two
weeks, making it clear that State of Decay still
holds a lot of potential as an Xbox-exclusive
franchise.
Two of the studios brought on board
were a little surprising, however. Canadian
developer Compulsion Games will now be

part of the Microsoft Studios family, which
comes as the team is hard at work finishing
up its second release, We Happy Few. (For
anyone who had been anticipating the stylish
indie adventure game on PlayStation 4, don't
worry, because it's still coming.) Arguably
the biggest shock came when Spencer announced that another English developer,
Ninja Theory, was also transitioning to be
an Xbox first-party team. Having worked
on everything from DmC: Devil May Cry for
Capcom to the recent groundbreaking indie
release Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, the folks at
Ninja Theory will no doubt have a lot to offer
Xbox fans.
Last but not least, Microsoft Studios also set
up a brand-new studio. Based in Santa Monica,
California, The Initiative will be headed by
industry veteran Darrell Gallagher (previous
head of Crystal Dynamics), with the purpose of
creating "groundbreaking new worlds, characters and gaming experiences."
"The original games we create at Microsoft Studios are some of our biggest assets,"
said Matt Booty, corporate vice president of
Microsoft Studios. "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."
Look for more details on the great new
games all five of these teams will be bringing to the Xbox platform in future issues of
Walmart Gamecenter.

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GRAND THEFT AUTO V

02

LEGO THE INCREDIBLES

03

MARIO KART 8 DELUXE

04

GOD OF WAR

05

MARIO TENNIS: ACES

06

SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY

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ROCKSTAR GAMES
XBOX ONE, PS4, XBOX 360, PS3, PC

WBIE
XBOX ONE, PS4, SWITCH

NINTENDO
SWITCH

SONY
PS4

NINTENDO
SWITCH

NINTENDO
SWITCH

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA:
BREATH OF THE WILD
NINTENDO
SWITCH

MINECRAFT

MOJANG
XBOX ONE, PS4, SWITCH, PC, XBOX 360,
PS3, WII U

CRASH BANDICOOT:
N-SANE TRILOGY

ACTIVISION
XBOX ONE, PS4, SWITCH

FAR CRY 5

UBISOFT
XBOX ONE, PS4



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