During Microsoft's E3 2018 press conference, we got to see our first trailer for Forza Horizon 4. Xbox boss Phil Spencer promised a huge showcase this year and he delivered on that promise ten-fold! The racing studio will also bring its expertise to an unannounced open-world project.
Microsoft's internal game development arm, Microsoft Studios, has swooped up four other studios, including Playground Games, developer of the Forza Horizon series. Although Spencer did not reveal what exactly this Santa Monica-based studio is working on, he did say that The Initiative is led by Darrell Gallagher.
Undead Labs has been taken over by Microsoft as well, following the recent success of State of Decay 2.
Xbox E3 2018 Conference Will Be 100 Minutes Long
Ahead of the scheduled keynote, Xbox head Phil Spencer has confirmed 15 new titles will make their global debut at E3 2018 . Games: Following last year's non-traditional showcase, there is no saying what Devolver Digital has planned for E3 2018 .
Ninja Theory is best known for producing 2017's breakout indie hit Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Compulsion is responsible for We Happy Few. And, for fans of these studios, the monetary support from Microsoft should help them put out some great new content. Spencer even said the studios would have "creative independence", which should help ease any worries that Microsoft could spoil these studios.
Microsoft has been criticized in the past for not having enough exclusives.
This is a big move from Microsoft, which has been often criticized for its lack of focus on delivering a strong first-party lineup.