Back in June 2018, Microsoft announced during their E3 conference that they would be opening a new studio in Santa Monica, California. This studio is called The Initiative, and is led by former Crystal Dynamics studio head Darrell Gallagher, who is also joined by other figures like former Sunset Overdrive director Drew Murray.
Microsoft is really pushing this new studio, and since last November a handful of new people have been hired, according to a new post on ResetEra, which lists these staff members:
- Ex-Sledgehammer member Andrameda Martinez as Executive Assistant and Office Manager
- Ex-Rooster Teeth member David Wyka as Game/Art Recruiter
- Ex-Activision member Irma Ward as Associate Producer
- Ex-Crystal Dynamics member Joe Stinchcomb in an unknown position
ResetEra user Noble adds that “5/15 employees on LinkedIn are ex-Crystal Dynamics. Probably Darrell’s doing.”
It is not yet known what The Initiative is working on, but judging by their staff, it’s going to be something big.
What could it be?