Microsoft adds five big gaming studios to its family, including Playground Games

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According to Phil Spencer, Xbox has partnered with Ninja Theory, Compulsion Games, Playground Games, Undead Labs, and a newly-created Santa-Monica based studio, The Initiative.

Presumably in response to that feedback, the company announced during its E3 2018 briefing today that it has acquired or established five new studios to work under the Microsoft Studios umbrella. 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.

In what seems like the biggest get for Microsoft, Ninja Theory also joins the roster of first-party studios.

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First, he announced the creation of a brand new studio called The Initiative.

Undead Labs has been taken over by Microsoft as well, following the recent success of State of Decay 2. Especially so since most recently, Ninja Theory made Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, which went on to win numerous awards in 2017 and garner high praise from gamers and critics alike.

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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