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Forza Horizon 4 Will Be Set In Britain, And Features Hovercrafts

11 June 2018

Onstage, Phil Spencer announced that Microsoft has acquired four existing and highly rated development studios: Playground Games, Ninja Theory, Undead Labs and Compulsion Games.

They also announced they had formed an entirely new studio called The Initiative based in Santa Monica.

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According to The Initiative Studio Head Darrell Gallagher, the new studio has "been given the freedom to explore, try new things and operate like an independent studio, with the backing from one of the biggest companies in the world to do something bold and different".

Undead Labs has been taken over by Microsoft as well, following the recent success of State of Decay 2.

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Microsoft has been criticized in the past for not having enough exclusives. The studio is now building a team of "world class talent" to develop "groundbreaking new game experiences". Microsoft commenced its E3 panel this year with the announcement of Forza Horizon 4.

Mixer fans will also get some love with Forza Horizon 4, with integrated broadcasting and spectating features built into the game. 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.

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Lastly, Compulsion Games, which will release We Happy Few in August of this year, joins Microsoft as the fifth game studio to round out the list.