Microsoft buys hot-shot Xbox dev team
A walk in the Big Park
Microsoft was so impressed with the "caliber of talent and innovation at BigPark", a Canadian start up games developer, that it bought the company.
Big Park's development team are moving to Microsoft Games Studios, where they will continue their work on an "exclusive XBox game".
In a canned quote, Phil Spencer, general manager, Microsoft Game Studios hailed the acquisition: “We believe BigPark has tremendous potential to create new properties and innovative gaming experiences for our platforms, one of which we’re looking forward to showcasing at the E3 Expo in June.”
Vancouver-based Big Park was founded in 2007 by former executives of Distinctive Software and Electronic Arts Canada. Their roll call includes “Need for Speed,” “FIFA Soccer,” “NBA Street” and “SSX.”
Terms of the deal are undisclosed.
Tune in here for the press release. ®
Steve Balmer may be sacking people, but good old Robbie Bach is still partying with the company funds!
Maybe he'll buy up Duke Nukem Forever? That project operated on the sort of return-on-investment timescale, that men like Robbie can grasp.