Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Forza Horizon 4 is coming, and it's very British

Forza Horizon 4 is coming, and it's very British

Phil Spencer just stood on stage and dropped some bombs at E3.

The upcoming Forza game will also include a cool open world multiplayer experience that lets you pit your racing talents against real gamers. Because of that, there was a focus on their premium subscription service Xbox Game Pass and which titles have been added to the growing library.

Ninja Theory has designed titles including Hellblade, Undead Labs has released the State of Decay series, and Compulsion Games is working on its new title We Happy Few which will launch this year.

The first is the Santa Monica-based The Initiative, which is being headed up by former Tomb Raider boss Darrell Gallagher. Microsoft Studios already contains groups like Halo-maker 343 Industries and the team behind Minecraft, which Microsoft acquired in 2014 for $2.5 billion.

In what seems like the biggest get for Microsoft, Ninja Theory also joins the roster of first-party studios. And, for fans of these studios, the monetary support from Microsoft should help them put out some great new content. Spencer even said the studios would have "creative independence", which should help ease any worries that Microsoft could spoil these studios. If all goes right, these acquisitions should fill out Microsoft's sparse lineup of Xbox exclusives and strengthen its competition against Sony's strong roster of console exclusives.

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