Two Senior Level Designers From Sony Santa Monica Have Joined The Initiative

While we have absolutely no idea what kind of game Xbox’s homegrown studio is working on, one thing is certain the talent pool on the team continues to grow at an exponential rate. Industry insider Klobrille took to Twitter today…

Former Naughty Dog Designer Robert Ryan Has Joined The Initiative

The Initiative, Microsoft’s most recently built studio in Santa Monica, California, has been hiring for a fair few positions. As spotted by Twitter user Klobrille, former Naughty Dog designer Robert Ryan has joined The Initiative. Robert Ryan worked on games…

The Initiative Studio Video Shows a Team on a Mission

At E3 2018, Phil Spencer announced the creation of a brand new first-party studio: The Initiative. This Santa Monica-based team has been hiring talent from all over, including from Avalanche Studios, Rockstar Games, Insomniac Games and Sony Santa Monica. Today,…

Justin Walters Has Joined The Initiative as a Senior Environment Artist

Microsoft has been focused on improving their first-party lineup over the last several months, acquiring studios like Obsidian Entertainment and Playground Games. They’ve also started one new studio from the ground up, The Initiative. Led by Darrell Gallagher, The Initiative…

Senior Staff Level Designer Chris O’Neill Joins The Initiative

Microsoft’s new studio The Initiative is continuing to bolster its staff by adding the most talented writers, producers and directors in the business. They’ve picked up staff like Drew Murray, formerly from Insomniac Games, as well as Tom Shepherd from Rockstar…

Former Sunset Overdrive Game Director Drew Murray Has Joined The Initiative

The Initiative, Microsoft’s new first-party studio being built in Santa Monica, California, just keeps on growing. This new studio is being led by Darrel Gallagher, former Director at Crystal Dynamics. The newest addition to the team is none other than…

Tom Shepherd, Former Technical Director at Rockstar Games, Joins The Initiative

Earlier this year at E3 2018, Phil Spencer, Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft, announced that the company was expanding its first-party studios by acquiring four new studios and founding a fifth from the ground up. Named The Initiative, it’s…

ILP 74 ft Xbot448 | IGN Plagiarism | The Initiative Hires | Steam in Trouble? | Smash Bros Bundle

Welcome to another new episode of The IronLords Podcast. On today’s show, the Lords are joined by the host of The Next Podcast, @XBot448. After discussing Xbot’s gaming history and YouTube trajectory, the Lords jump into the topics of the…

The Initiative Brings in More Big Talent

The Initiative is Microsoft’s premier new first-party studio headed by Darrell Gallagher. It is no secret that Microsoft wants to make this studio the crown jewel of their first party studios. This has become even more clear thanks to a…

Microsoft Announces Five New Game Studios

After the stunning reveal of Forza Horizon 4, Phil Spencer took to the stage to discuss Microsoft’s future when it comes to first party game development. Spencer pointed out that the tech giant has increased its investment in internal game…