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Microsoft's Mysterious Initiative Studio Hires Crystal Dynamics, Bungie Alumni

Microsoft’s Mysterious Initiative Studio Hires Crystal Dynamics, Bungie Alumni

Microsoft has tapped top expertise from Bungie and Crystal Dynamics to be a part of its mysterious ‘AAAA’ studio, The Initiative.Amongst the 16 new hires discovered on LinkedIn by studio head Darrell Gallagher, we can see that Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Marvel’s Avengers director Remi Lacoste has designed the leap to The Initiative to get the job done as an Experiental Director. Future 2 narrative guide Christine Thompson has also joined the studio in a guide writer posture.

We’re yet to learn what the studio is working on, with our newest clue arriving from Xbox head Phil Spencer, who disclosed The Initiative is “demanding them selves to do new factors (and old items) in new techniques,”, whatever that means.Microsoft exposed it had started The Initiative in Santa Monica as portion of its E3 2018 convention, in which it introduced a slew of acquisitions. The studio is becoming led by Darrell Gallagher, who beforehand worked at Rockstar Games, Crystal Dynamics and later Activision, overseeing the growth of games like GTA IV, Tomb Raider and Destiny 2. At the time, Spencer touted Gallagher’s skills, calling him a “visionary storyteller.”

According to Santa Monica task listings uncovered on the Microsoft web page later on that yr, the studio was calling for knowledge in “shipping large quality titles at AAAA benchmarks” and a “awareness and comprehension of the procedure of making new IP.” The studio went on to hire God of War guide producer Brian Westergaard and Christian Cantamessa, who was the direct writer on Pink Useless Redemption. The ‘AAAA’ studio then picked up Sunset Overdrive director Drew Murray.

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