Microsoft consolidates Studios and Projects, updates Microsoft Studio webpage


Ivan Jenic
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We reported yesterday that Microsoft decided to close Lionhead Studios and Press Play, but it looks like the company wasn’t done: the removal of some studio logos from its Microsoft Studios webpage raises more question.

More precisely, the logos of Kinect Joy Ride developer BigPark along with Function Studios, Good Science, LXP and SOTA have all been removed from the Microsoft Studios web page, as well as the Project Spark. Originally, nothing was known about why Microsoft chose to close so many studios in just a few of day, but VideoGamer reached out to Microsoft with the question — and quickly received an answer.

Microsoft merged some Studios and Projects into new ones

Microsoft explained its rationale behind the decision, stating it was due to its consolidation of studios and projects into new studios and teams.

Here’s what Microsoft told VideoGamer:

“On Monday, we announced changes to Microsoft Studios including Lionhead and Press Play. As part of these changes, we did a site refresh and removed several logos for older studios and projects that have been consolidated during the past several years into other Microsoft Studios and teams. As games launch and new projects come online, we routinely make these kinds of moves to ensure we have the right development support on the right games.”

Microsoft is making some radical changes when it comes to developing and delivering games to Windows 10. The company decided to shut down some projects that seemed promising at the beginning, like Project Spark, whose servers have been offline since March 4th. Still, Microsoft hasn’t said they will completely shut down Project Spark. According to the team responsible for the Project Spark, they’re “investigating” the situation.

While Microsoft implies changes to their own developing teams, we expect a lot of new games from third-party developers to arrive. Perhaps Microsoft changed its politics and turned to other developers and publishers instead of their own. Only time will tell.