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Microsoft's The Initiative studio hires Insomniac Games' Drew Murray

A few days after Insomniac Games' Sunset Overdrive officially arrived on Windows 10 along with its Steam launch, the game's director is joining The Initiative. Drew Murray, who has been with Insomniac Games since July 2005, has announced his transition to Microsoft's first-party game studio a few hours ago via Twitter.

Aside from serving as a game director for the action-adventure shooter video game, Murray was also one of the designers behind other popular Insomniac Games titles including Resistance 2, Resistance 3, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, and Resistance: Fall of Man. Prior to joining the Burbank, California-based video game developer, Murray was a corporate lawyer at Jones Day from 1999 to 2004, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Microsoft announced The Initiative at its Xbox E3 briefing in June. It is based in Santa Monica and led by former Tomb Raider head Darrell Gallagher.

Murray's role at the studio remains unclear, but his recruitment is seen as another major step by the software giant to shore up its first-party game offerings for players after it announced earlier this month that it's acquiring Obsidian and inXile. That's on top of other big gaming studios Microsoft previously acquired, including Playground Games, Undead Labs, Ninja Theory, and Compulsion Games.

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