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Similar situation to Quantic Dreams being bought by Sony... they don't need to buy what is already theirs in practical way.
Unless MS wants to massively invest on it, there is not much point in buying them.



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makes sense.

some just hate cant resist to hate, because Microsoft. its an obvious good move.



 

Playground Games, Moon studios and MDHR studios are my favorite developers outside of 343i this generation so I hope MS can get them all and most of all, give them great artistic freedom.



So they are basically buying the Forza Studio.. so no one else can have them make a game?

So instead of going out and getting new studio and new games.. they are just buying lifetime access to games they are already getting?
This is basically like the Coalition then. The studio that makes gears of war?



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I wonder if this has anything to do with the Halo situation. Correct me if I'm wrong but Bungie didn't want to keep making Halo games but MS kept wanting them to so Bungie dipped which was a good thing that Bungie wasn't bought by MS.

So if MS buys Playground Games then they'd probably want to ensure they'll make Forza games forever. It's fine if Playground Games only wants to make only Forza games, but if down the road they want to try to make something different then they could be screwed.



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Bandorr said:
So they are basically buying the Forza Studio.. so no one else can have them make a game?

So instead of going out and getting new studio and new games.. they are just buying lifetime access to games they are already getting?
This is basically like the Coalition then. The studio that makes gears of war?

They're also making Fable, Playground Games has 2 studios.

I'm pretty sure Playground would have solely been with Microsoft for a good few years regardless of this purchase but it's still a great purchase, they get them before they get more expensive, essentially get two studios out of it and Playground Games is one of Microsoft's best partner studios.

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V-r0cK said:
I wonder if this has anything to do with the Halo situation. Correct me if I'm wrong but Bungie didn't want to keep making Halo games but MS kept wanting them to so Bungie dipped which was a good thing that Bungie wasn't bought by MS.

So if MS buys Playground Games then they'd probably want to ensure they'll make Forza games forever. It's fine if Playground Games only wants to make only Forza games, but if down the road they want to try to make something different then they could be screwed.

They made 343 to just make Halo.  Coalition to just make Gears.  And I'm guessing this just to make Forza.

It would be interesting to find out if Playground was pulling a Bungie though.  Would explain why they have to buy the studio to get the games they have already been getting.



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Bandorr said:
V-r0cK said:
I wonder if this has anything to do with the Halo situation. Correct me if I'm wrong but Bungie didn't want to keep making Halo games but MS kept wanting them to so Bungie dipped which was a good thing that Bungie wasn't bought by MS.

So if MS buys Playground Games then they'd probably want to ensure they'll make Forza games forever. It's fine if Playground Games only wants to make only Forza games, but if down the road they want to try to make something different then they could be screwed.

They made 343 to just make Halo.  Coalition to just make Gears.  And I'm guessing this just to make Forza.

It would be interesting to find out if Playground was pulling a Bungie though.  Would explain why they have to buy the studio to get the games they have already been getting.

I can definitely see MS's point of view for wanting to secure Forza, but I think we all felt they're on great terms that there'd be no reason they wouldn't continue making that game while pursuing other games.

We see how great of a relationship Insomniac is with Sony making great games while still able to expand and make Sunset Overdrive for XB1.

I guess if MS just wants to start owning a bunch of developers for the sake of ensuring 1st party games keeps getting pushed out for their future console then I guess this would be a step in the right direction.



Bristow9091 said:
Honestly, I thought they were owned by Microsoft already anyway...

Add me to this list of people. I'm very surprised they didn't own them already. 



Bandorr said:
So they are basically buying the Forza Studio.. so no one else can have them make a game?

So instead of going out and getting new studio and new games.. they are just buying lifetime access to games they are already getting?
This is basically like the Coalition then. The studio that makes gears of war?

Or like Santa Monica making God of war?
or like Polyphony Digital making Gran Turismo?
or like Nintendo doing 95% of their games related to their existing mascots?

Bioware made Xbox exclusives and look what happened.
You are trying way too hard to hate, bro.

 

 



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