Microsoft establishes new London studio; Will focus on Windows 8 tablets

A brand new Microsoft-owned development studio has been created in London.

It is being head up by the former production director at Rare, Lee Schuneman, and will focus on developing for Windows 8 tablet devices. Schuneman will report to Microsoft’s corporate VP of interactive entertainment Phil Harrison.

The office will initially be based at Microsoft Studios’ Great Pulteney Street premises and is expected to spring to life in November. The company has begun the process of hiring for the new outfit.

I’m hugely excited by this new venture,” Schuneman stated. Adding a fourth UK-based studio to the incredible roster of talent already in place not only increases our in-region studio presence, but will allow Microsoft Studios to explore the many creative and business opportunities that developing new games and entertainment experiences on Windows 8 tablet devices and platforms will afford.”

Microsoft currently has three other UK studios – Rare, Lionhead and Soho Productions.

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