Microsoft Studios, formerly known as Microsoft Game Studios, which is the development arm of games within Microsoft, was renamed to Xbox Game Studios on Tuesday (5). The move demonstrates the growth of the Xbox name within the company, after nearly 20 years of launching the first console.
Corporate vice president Matt Booty, along with Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb, unveiled the name change on a live broadcast of the Inside Xbox channel, where he explained that this change fits the Xbox team, which is more on par objectives. “As we expand our focus beyond the console, the Xbox brand has also evolved beyond its origins,” Booty said in a press release. “Today, Xbox is our brand of gaming on every device, no matter how or where you want to play, or who you want to play with.”
At the behest of Xbox Game Studios, there are 13 development teams, including Rare, Obsidian Entertainment, 343 Industries and Ninja Theory. They are responsible for heavyweight games like Halo and Minecraft, but also for titles like Sea of Thieves and State of Decay.
The next game of Xbox Game Studios will be Crackdown 3, by Sumo Digital, which is scheduled to launch on February 15 on PC and Xbox One platforms. Crackdown 3 was originally scheduled to be released in 2016 but suffered three delays that brought him to early 2019.