Earlier this morning, during the Inside Xbox February episode a few things happened which spell big things for the future of Xbox (and PC gaming by extension). At the very top of the list is the fact that Microsoft Studios, a division of Microsoft known for the development and publishing of games like Gears of War and Halo, has had a name change. Starting from today, Microsoft Studios will be known as Xbox Game Studios and this shift seems to be a part of Microsoft’s bigger focus on games.
This name change also comes after the announcements last year that Microsoft had acquired a bunch of development studios including:
- Ninja Theory – the team behind Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
- Obsidian Entertainment – the team behind the (good) Fallout games and Pillars of Eternity
- Playground Games – the team behind the Forza Horizon series
This bigger focus on gaming from Microsoft is also backed up by their 2019 release schedule, including Gears 5, Crackdown 3 and Ori & the Will of the Wisps – all of which will be available on the Xbox Gamepass as well as a part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program, meaning they will all be available on PC through the Microsoft Store. This is not also to mention their continued support for previous releases like Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 4 and Minecraft.