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Microsoft acquires Ninja Theory, Undead Labs, and others, and opens a new studio in California

Discussion in 'General Gaming' started by LESS T_T, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Microsoft buying thins.
    And a new AAA studio called The Initiative. It's based in Santa Monica, California, and led by Darrell Gallagher, former Crystal Dynamics head: https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/06/10/e3-2018-microsoft-studios-opens-the-initiative/

    Ninja Theory developers emphasize they'll have "full creative independence":

     
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  2. SumDrunkGuy Learned

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    Those poor bastards. Like lambs to the slaughter.
     
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  3. Morgoth Arcane

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    I wouldn't worry too much about Ninja Theory. The nuMicrosoft under Phil Spencer has quite improved over the former, repressive Don Mattrick regime.

    Still, I'd expect Ninja going forward a bit "safer" from now on.
     
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  4. Tehdagah Arcane

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    $10m budget for Hellblade is more than I expected.
     
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  5. Freddie Learned

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    I guess they bought Playground Games for Horizon series, which physics model, at least in Horizon 3 felt quite arcadey. Forza Motosport 7 was... not very good. I wonder if talent left the building before MS bought them.
     
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  6. Infinitron I post news Patron

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  7. Morkar illiterate

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    I guess I can forget about State of Decay on Steam then... :argh:
     
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    Playground only makes the Horizons. Turn 10 makes mainline Forza.
     
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  9. vonAchdorf Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    For 10 million, you can either make The Witcher 2 or Hellblade.
     
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    I forgot that. That leaves to wonder what is going to be Motorsports series future. Horizon and MP share models for cars and there also appear to be similar bugs caused by certain permissions in certain folders who aren't were they are supposed to be to begin with, in both games Horizon 3 and MP 7. Can't comment physics engine more than I already did, but there are folks on Forza forums who say physics engines has similarities, something gets in to MP may appear in Horizon and vice versa.

    Horizon is hugely popular, more so than Motorsport series AFAIK and Infiltron posted about Fable series which MS also got. So it looks like they made pretty good deal. Then what corporate bureaucracy may cause to them remains to be seen.
     
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    I for one am thankful Microsoft is concentrating all these shitty developers into one entity so I can more easily ignore them.
     
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  13. Don Peste Arcane

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    Is Microsoft the only one interested in researching in AI?
     
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    how do you figure?
     
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  15. vonAchdorf Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Everyone is researching AI because it's the thing to do. Unity has added AI and machine learning to their engine as well.

    Most AI / machine learning in games likely won't be used for what players think of when they hear "AI", but for other purposes.
     
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  16. Invictus Arcane The Real Fanboy

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    Guess they learned their lesson from Nintendo and now Sony; it is the exclusives that make your console desirable and the first party studios of Sony are crushing Microsoft right now
    Smallish developers like Undead Labs should receive a huge boon out of this because they will get a lot more funding and tech support but kind of worried about Team Ninja
     
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  17. toro Arcane

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    And this is the last time we will ever hear of them again ... and that's a really good thing. #bonvoyage
     
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  18. Tehdagah Arcane

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    10 million sounds low for a game like The Witcher 2, although this probably has to do with Poland wages.
     
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