As we previously reported, "The Initiative" is a new in-house studio headed by Darrell Gallagher - former head of Crystal Dynamics and senior vice president at Activision.
While they didn't announce any titles in the works from these studios, it's a big step forward for a company who are always playing catch-up with Sony in the exclusives department. Despite Microsoft remaining tight-lipped about what to expect during their briefing, a handful of Xbox One gamed have been confirmed for the expo, including Anthem, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Battlefield V, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Fallout 76, Kingdom Hearts III, and more.
This means Microsoft also gets the benefit of not just the Forza Horizon series but the open-world action RPG that Playground announced they were working on late past year. Microsoft Studios already contains groups like Halo-maker 343 Industries and the team behind Minecraft, which Microsoft acquired in 2014 for $2.5 billion.
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Speaking of Gears of War , Polygon reports Microsoft might announce up to three different Gears games. Instead, it promises to showcase new games through an official E3 pre-recorded presentation.