Microsoft Announces Five New and Acquired Studios

This was also followed by the reveal that Compulsion Games has now been acquired by Microsoft Studios as a first party developer; just one of five new acquisitions by the Xbox company in a bid to bulk out its portfolio of titles.

As part of its pre-E3 media briefing, Microsoft boss Phil Spencer announced the creation of a new studio called The Initiative led by industry veteran Darrell Gallagher.

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Sauber's Marcus Ericsson also had a spin that left him facing the wrong way on the track, but he straightened out and resumed. Mercedes did not practice on the hypersoft tires, leaving Ricciardo wondering if he has seen their best effort.

If that wasn't enough, Microsoft has also opened up a new studio in Santa Monica.

First off, Microsoft has acquired Playground Games to work on more Forza for the console.

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Imperious Nadal won a record-extending 11th French Open title with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory over young pretender Dominic Thiem . One down-the-line forehand victor landed right at the baseline and Thiem's shoulders sagged as he muttered to himself.

Forza Horizon 4 releases on October 2nd worldwide, and will be available for free on Xbox Game Pass for free on the same day. State of Decay and the recently-released State of Decay 2 have been exclusives for Xbox, so it seems a ideal fit for the studio to officially fall under Microsoft's first-party lineup of developers. Spencer confirmed that Playground is making a brand-new game, which is rumored to be Fable 4.

Ninja Theory is best known for producing 2017's breakout indie hit Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Interestingly, Ninja Theory created PlayStation-exclusive Heavenly Sword back for the PlayStation 3, but the developer will now be developing exclusively for Xbox.

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The previous record was four, when Australian legend Laver won all the majors in 1969 to complete the Calendar Slam. That it was not was testimony to Nadal's level, which never wavered, despite everything Thiem threw at him.

Then there's Compulsion Games, the developer behind We Happy Few, which is also involved in this big video game love-in.

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