Microsoft has announced they are re-branding and changing the name of their game development organisation from Microsoft Studios to Xbox Game Studios.
Xbox Game Studios will be made up of 13 distinct game development teams responsible for beloved franchises like Age of Empires, Forza, Gears of War, Halo and Minecraft.
The teams at 343 Industries, The Coalition, Compulsion Games, The Initiative, inXile Entertainment, Minecraft, Ninja Theory, Obsidian Entertainment, Playground Games, Rare, Turn 10 Studios, Undead Labs and Microsoft’s Global Publishing group are said to be working hard to deliver exceptional exclusives, original IP and brand new chapters from fan favorite franchises.
This year is shaping up to be a great year for Xbox gamers globally, with exclusive games like Crackdown 3, Gears 5 and Ori and the Will of the Wisps coming to Xbox Game Pass members on the same day they launch worldwide. The team are also working to deliver big content updates for games like Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 4 and Minecraft that players are going to love.
It’s an extremely exciting time for the team at Microsoft. We’re eager to see how the seven new game development studios Microsoft has added to their team last year maximize their creative potential as part of Xbox Game Studios.