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Microsoft establishes new studio The Initiative

Microsoft establishes new studio The Initiative

At today's Microsoft E3 press conference, news was announced that should send a shiver down the spine of '90s kids everywhere; the Battletoads are back! The industry is headed in an exciting direction, and we see an opportunity to create fantastic new game experiences of the future. The engine was created in secret along side the post-release patches of Halo 5, since the developer knew it wanted to make a bigger game next time.

By almost every measurement imaginable, Microsoft had one of the most successful keynotes we've seen yet here in Los Angeles.

E3, short for Electronic Entertainment Expo, officially opens Tuesday, but several large game publishers and hardware makers are holding preshow events. In fact, we can't actually verify that Rare is working on this game, but we'd be shocked if that wasn't the case. Microsoft already allows in-home game streaming with its Xbox console and the Xbox app on the PC and this streaming service is a natural extension of that experience. Head to our dedicated E3 2018 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about the next year in gaming. That said, the engine demo stands as a "clear indication of the direction we are heading with our next game and a great snapshot of where our tech is right now". But, it looks as though players will be side-by-side with 343 Industries over the course of development, including being able to playtest the game at certain stages.

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"We embarked on a quest to find creative teams that have the mastery of our art", Spencer said.

Also part of Microsoft's plans for gaming is building an industry leading, first party organization. This could pay off big in the long run when combined with the Xbox Game Pass.


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