The sudden announcement yesterday that Microsoft was shutting Lionhead (opens in new tab) came as a surprise to everyone, not least to Lionhead itself which was apparently completely unaware as little as a few hours before. It wasn’t the only developer affected though, with Max: The Curse of Brotherhood studio Press Play also having a pillow gently pressed to its face.
Today, it looks like this:
The missing names include the following:
BigPark – a Canadian developer responsible for Kinect Games
[Fun]tion studios – a ‘medium size incubation team’ working on Kinect and, more recently, Hololens stuff.
Good Science – another Kinect studio
Leap Experience Pioneers – also known as LXP, another studio working on Kinect
SOTA – otherwise known as State Of The Art with no known projects
The key thing is that these are all in-house teams established almost simultaneously by Microsoft around the end of 2014. At the time it was seen by many as a push by the publisher to create a stronger first party presence. None of these studios seems to have anything to their names however other than a few Kinect projects, if anything, and it looks like that particular idea is now over.
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