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Microsoft Studios undergoes a transformation.

"Microsoft game studios" formed almost 20 years ago and in 2011 changed its name to just "Microsoft Studios" as it has been known ever since.... Until today!

Microsoft has officially changed their game development studio name from Microsoft Studios to Xbox Game Studios. This announcement comes from a tweet by the Director of

Xbox Games Studios himself. The 13-team brand formerly known as Microsoft studios is famous for developing many timeless classics such as Halo, Age of Empires, Forza Motorsport, Alan Wake, Brute Force and many more games.

The name change comes almost 2 decades after Microsoft launched its first console and reflects how Xbox itself has developed its own brand recognition in that time.

In a message tweeted earlier today this is what Larry Hryb had to say:

"On now, @mattbooty and I are talking about the name change from Microsoft Studios to Xbox Game Studios, our game dev organization that’s made up of 13 distinct teams responsible for beloved franchises like Age of Empires, Forza, Gears of War, Halo and Minecraft #InsideXbox"

Here's the complete list of organizations under the Xbox Game Studios banner:

  • 343 Industries (Halo)The Coalition (Gears of War 5)

  • Compulsion Games (We Happy Few)

  • The Initiative (led by 2013 Tomb Raider boss David Gallagher)

  • nXile Entertainment (Wasteland 2)

  • Minecraft (Minecraft)

  • Ninja Theory (DmC: Devil May Cry, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice)

  • Obsidian Entertainment (Fallout: New Vegas)

  • Playground Games (Forza Horizon)

  • Rare (Sea of Thieves)

  • Turn 10 Studios (Forza Motorsport)

  • Undead Labs (State of Decay)

  • Xbox Global Publishing Group

Some fans are understandably already worried that this move sees Microsoft shifting its focus away from developing future titles for PC and more towards developing for Xbox. Hopefully though that's not the case and this is simply a re brand and name change, and that the company simply feels that Xbox is a bigger brand today than its counterpart Microsoft.

What do you think ? is this a good move for Xbox Game Studios? Let us know..

Written By Gaming Australia

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