Microsoft's Black Tusk Studios is working on 'next big' Xbox game

Earlier this year, Microsoft shut down part of its Vancouver game development operations, including the team responsible for Microsoft Flight and another unreleased game. Now, the company has revealed that the new Vancouver team has received an official name, Black Tusk Studios.

The Vancouver Sun reports the studio started with five people and now has 55 team members. As to what the team is working on, that's a bit of a secret for now. However, studio manager Mike Crump does say that the team is made up of people who have worked on "big games" in the past. He adds:

What that means is we are working on Microsoft's next big entertainment franchise. We're not working on an existing franchise, we're looking to build the next Halo here in Vancouver, for example, which is really exciting. We are building something from the ground up.

Crump also says that the company waited until now to be revealed because they just got the official go-ahead from Microsoft to proceed with the unnamed game's development. He states:

That's the way game development works — it’s just like making a movie, you go through pitching and concepting and then at some point you have a very large meeting with the executive team and present your full pitch with the business plan and you get the green light, so that’s happened for us.

Source: Vancouver Sun | Image via Microsoft

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Black Tusk Studios sounds so badass. Is it weird that I'm excited to see what game they come up with? It's also sweet to have them in my home town of Vancouver! I'm feeling a little proud of my city!

So they closed down a game studio and created a new game studio in the same place. Does that seem like a waste of talent and resources to anyone else?

the420kid said,
please no more FPS as the "next big thing". sometimes I feel like thats all people make anymore..

Hard not to. It's what people buy. You could make a puzzle game and get "pennies" or make a B action game and get millions.

KSib said,

Hard not to. It's what people buy. You could make a puzzle game and get "pennies" or make a B action game and get millions.

you can make games that are not shooters they dont have to be "puzzle games"... we use to have tons of them, they seemed to die out with 3D though..... Mario is good example of a non-FPS game, but that is just an example... we don't have enough games that make you think anymore, run around and shoot with a simple objective just feels dumbed down

Zelda is another nice non-FPS, its more RPG then run around an shoot, sure thre are weapons, but they aren't used non-stop while running through a map

neufuse said,

you can make games that are not shooters they dont have to be "puzzle games"... we use to have tons of them, they seemed to die out with 3D though..... Mario is good example of a non-FPS game, but that is just an example... we don't have enough games that make you think anymore, run around and shoot with a simple objective just feels dumbed down

Zelda is another nice non-FPS, its more RPG then run around an shoot, sure thre are weapons, but they aren't used non-stop while running through a map

Agreed. I really miss the Sega Style platform games. Panzer Dragoon, Skies of Arcadia, etc... I would love for there to be a resurgence of that...

KSib said,
Hard not to. It's what people buy. You could make a puzzle game and get "pennies" or make a B action game and get millions.

Portal would like a word with you.

M_Lyons10 said,

Agreed. I really miss the Sega Style platform games. Panzer Dragoon, Skies of Arcadia, etc... I would love for there to be a resurgence of that...


Hey now, you shush your mouth. True gamers are happy to lather, rinse, and repeat the same old formula of soldiers, zombies, and anything with 'post-apocalyptic' or 'dystopian' in the description.

And RPGs should never stray from their formula of washed-out colors, bad lighting, vaguely English setting, and lots and lots of skeleton knights and giant spiders.

MOAR GIANT SPIDERS. OUR BEASTIARY IS SO ORIGINALZ.

Crisp said,
...and the 360 coming to the end of it's life next year.

It could perhaps be going for a multi-platform release. Scale it down for the 360, and maybe have it be a launch title for the next xbox. Otherwise, unless MS is not releasing a new console next year, i don't see them creating and launching a new franchise within a year.

Tharp Daddy said,

It could perhaps be going for a multi-platform release. Scale it down for the 360, and maybe have it be a launch title for the next xbox. Otherwise, unless MS is not releasing a new console next year, i don't see them creating and launching a new franchise within a year.

Agreed. It would be rather surprising to see them launch a new franchise at the end of a console's life.

With that said, and I might have missed it completely, but I see nowhere in his statement that this would be for the 360...