Windows 8 tablets to be focus of new Microsoft game studio

Even as Microsoft gets ready to enter the PC hardware market later this fall with their Surface tablet, the company is also preparing to give consumers their own Windows 8 tablet based games. Today, Microsoft announced they will open a new game development studio in London, with Windows 8 game development as their main focus.

Eurogamer reports that the studio doesn't have an official name yet and won't open its doors until sometime in November. However, the company said they wanted to go ahead and announce their plans for their new studio in order to avoid any rumors or speculation. The head of the studio will be Lee Schuneman, who previously worked on Microsoft's Rare team as its former production director.

Microsoft is currently hiring to staff up its new London studio, which will join Rare, Lionhead and Soho Productions as Microsoft's fourth UK-based game development team. In a statement, Schuneman said his new team " ... will allow Microsoft Studios to explore the many creative and business opportunities that developing new games and entertainment experiences on Windows 8 tablet devices and platforms will afford."

There's no word on when the first Windows 8 titles from the new London studio will launch, but since the team won't actually start work until November it may be a while before we see the fruits of their labors.

Source: Eurogamer.net | Image via Microsoft

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See, this is here is what ANNOYS me about MS as of late.

Here they NEW these devices were coming and they are just NOW putting together a team to work on games that will be available ... when exactly? A year from now? Two years?

They did the same exact thing with a Windows Phone branch of Microsoft Studios. It's like they have no vision until stuff is right on top of them when it comes to gaming outside of the Xbox 360.

Imagine how it could've helped initial W8 tablet sales if they had this team put together 12 or 18 months ago and had some compelling software to show off at a launch or shortly thereafter. So frustrating ...

Uh-oh! If Windows 8 takes over the phone/tablet-based gaming industry, what will all the iTards have to brag about?! "My iPad looks so cool and it.... Oh."

Slayer said,
Uh-oh! If Windows 8 takes over the phone/tablet-based gaming industry, what will all the iTards have to brag about?! "My iPad looks so cool and it.... Oh."

Not to worry. I'm sure they'll still have the most fart apps.

Hopefully this studio is working on "bigger" mobile games and not ios like games. Really hoping the announced xbox games that are coming from xbla are the full xbla version and not the crappy minigame collections that were on wp7.

McKay said,
As long as they don't neglect the Xbox 3.

The Xbox family and Windows are now on the same track for Microsoft. Xbox isn't just an entertainment platform to them. There's a much larger goal here, and everyone is rushing toward it. My prediction is that some sort of legal problem will arise as Apple, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Google rush to create a common platform/ecosystem and its outcome will define the next generation of consumer electronics.

rojorojo said,
Hopefully they can start working on real-time multiplayer gaming scenarios between, XBOX, WP8 and PCs.

I believe that's the endgame for developers, I think we'll see a number of XBL Arcade titles take advantage of this first and then in time, probably with the new Xbox, even bigger games can do it as well between Xbox and PC, maybe even tablet if you connect a wireless/USB kb+mouse.

efjay said,
Dont tell Gabe, he'll have a stroke!

lol, I'm so tired of that dude complaining endlessly about windows 8 and the store.
I'm glad ms is opening up more studios.

This is actually a smart move by Microsoft. Games and apps bring users to a platform. I think that's the problem WP is having at the moment. But if Microsoft can bring exclusive game titles to surface, then it could work for them.

simplezz said,
This is actually a smart move by Microsoft. Games and apps bring users to a platform. I think that's the problem WP is having at the moment. But if Microsoft can bring exclusive game titles to surface, then it could work for them.

Agreed. And I'm glad it won't take away from the work going on at other Microsoft studios.