Microsoft gaming chief Phil Spencer speaks at E3 during the company’s keynote. (YouTube screenshot)
Microsoft made a flurry of acquisition announcements during the company’s keynote at E3, bolstering its continued investment in gaming technology.
Microsoft’s internal game development arm, Microsoft Studios, has swooped up five other studios, including Playground Games, developer of the popular Forza titles.
Other studios now apart of Microsoft include:
Seattle-based Undead Labs, maker of State of Decay
Ninja Theory, maker of Hellblade
Compulsion Games, maker of We Happy Few
5 new Studios – our commitment to a world class Studios organization is of highest importance. pic.twitter.com/NCniyu6ZwK
— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) June 10, 2018
Microsoft also announced a new Santa Monica, Calif.-based studio called The Initiative that will be led by Darrell Gallagher, formerly head of Crystal Dynamics.
Microsoft on Sunday also teased a new version of Halo called ‘Halo Infinite.’ You can watch the live keynote stream here.