Microsoft acquires State of Decay 2 studio Undead Labs

Microsoft head Phil Spencer announced during its Electronic Entertainment Expo event today in Los Angeles that it has acquired Undead Labs, the studio behind State of Decay 2.

Announced on stage at its E3 2018 press conference, the firm has kickstarted a new studio, while acquiring four existing teams from across the globe.

Arguably the biggest scoop was Ninja Theory, who have an excellent track record making games like Hellblade, DmC: Devil May Cry and Enslaved. And as if that's not enough, Microsoft has also founded and opened a brand new studio in Santa Monica, called "The Initiative". And, Compulsion Games is behind the dystopian We Happy Few.

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Set in Britain, the game features dynamic seasons in a shared open world, and seasons apparently "change everything". Forza Horizon 4's Britain is apparently a shared open world, so other racers you meet will be real players elsewhere in the world. While it might take time for new titles from these studios to surface, it paints a promising future for its gaming efforts.

With so many studios now under their wing, will Microsoft perhaps start churning out exclusives at a much higher rate? We'll have to wait and see.

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