​Ex-God Of War & Red Dead Redemption Workers Hired By New Microsoft Studio

Microsoft's brand-new studio, The Initiative, has got the ground running by bringing a number of highly experienced workers on board - starting with ex-Sony employees.

For some reason, the LinkedIn announcement of the new team, from Initiative studio head Darrell Gallagher, was deleted. Not before someone could screenshot it, however.

EuroGamer reported on the photo, uploaded by ResetEra user CrimsonEclipse, which includes names of all the new Microsoft employees. Not a bad line up at all.

Credit: LinkedIn/CrimsonEclipse
Credit: LinkedIn/CrimsonEclipse

The list includes God of War's lead producer Brian Westergaard (Sony Santa Monica), Annie Lohr (Riot, EA, Respawn), Christian Cantamessa (Rockstar), Blake Fischer (Microsoft) Daniel Neuburger (Crystal Dynamics), and Lindsey McQueeney (Crystal Dynamics).

What makes the post deletion even stranger is the fact that most on this list have updated their own LinkedIn profiles with the new job, with only Cantamessa and Fischer left to do so.

Microsoft has been busy building this studio so they can start working on more first-party titles - as Sony are currently dominating that field - and it will be interesting to see what Xbox exclusives come off the back of it. A new Fable, perhaps?

They also now own PlayGround Games (Forza Horizon), Undead Labs (State of Decay), Compulsion Games (We Happy Few), and Ninja Theory (Hellblade) for the same reason, so maybe PS4 players won't have the bragging rights for much longer.

What do you think? Is this is a step in the right direction for Xbox? Or will Sony always be king of exclusives? Let us know.

Featured Image Credit: Xbox

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

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