Microsoft to acquire Canadian developer BigPark

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Vancouver-based start-up group BigPark will soon be added to Microsoft Game Studios' reduced network of first-party developers.

Microsoft has stated its intent to purchase the ‘online gaming' developer, which was co-founded by Xbox's Interactive Entertainment Business chief Don Mattrick.

The group has been working on an unannounced project for around a year, and is expected to reveal its title at E3.

Microsoft states that BigPark has a workforce comprised of a number of industry veterans. The Group's CEO Hanno Lemke formerly served at Electronic Arts and Distinctive Software, where he was involved in high-profile projects such as Need for Speed and Skate.

Following the acquisition, Lemke will report to Phil Spencer, general manager at Microsoft Game Studios. Spencer said that the BigPark team is composed of some of the most experienced and creative minds working in the industry today.”

Full story at Develop.