Microsoft Studios has been rebranded to Xbox Game Studios

Microsoft Games Studios has been rebranded to Xbox Game Studios

Microsoft Studios has been rebranded to Xbox Game Studios

In recent years, Microsoft has intensified its focus on the gaming market, bringing several new developers under the Microsoft Studios banner while bringing every new Xbox exclusive title to PC gamers through the company’s “Xbox Play Anywhere” program. 

Moving into 2019, Microsoft has decided to rebrand Microsoft Studios, changing the group’s name to Xbox Game Studios, focusing the group on its core gaming audience with plans to release a range of new games and content updates throughout 2019. 

In 2018, Microsoft ‘s collection of 1st party developers grew to become 13 studio’s strong, comprising of 343 Industries, The Coalition, Compulsion Games, The Initiative, inXile Entertainment, Minecraft, Ninja Theory, Obsidian Entertainment, Playground Games, Rare, Turn 10 Studios, Undead Labs and Global Publishing. This year, Microsoft plans to release Crackdown 3, Gears of War 5, Ori and the Will of the Wisps as well as major content updates for Forza Horizon 4 and Minecraft. 

   

    At Xbox, we believe when everyone plays, we all win. It’s why we’re passionate about building a portfolio of games for players across console, PC and mobile. As we’ve expanded our focus beyond the console, the Xbox brand has also evolved from its original roots. Today, Xbox is our gaming brand across all devices, no matter how or where you want to play, or who you want to play with.

In that spirit, I’m pleased to share that we are changing the name of our game development organization from Microsoft Studios to Xbox Game Studios.

Xbox Game Studios is 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 our Global Publishing group are working hard to deliver incredible exclusives, original IP and all-new chapters from your favorite franchises.

2019 is going to be a great year for Xbox gamers everywhere. Exclusive games including Crackdown 3, Gears 5 and Ori and the Will of the Wisps will be available to Xbox Game Pass members on the same day they launch worldwide. We’re also working to deliver big content updates for games like Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 4 and Minecraft that players are going to love.

 

Microsoft Games Studios has been rebranded to Xbox Game Studios  

Moving forward, Microsoft plans to deliver a diverse lineup of Xbox exclusive games, giving gamers more reasons than ever to integrate into the Xbox ecosystem. Thankfully, PC gamers on Windows 10 will receive access to these Xbox exclusive titles through the Xbox Play Anywhere program, which means that PC users will not need to invest in Xbox hardware. 

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