Microsoft has brought in Kudo Tsunoda, who helped to launch the Kinect hardware for the Xbox 360, to take direct charge of many of the company's Xbox gaming studios and franchises. Most recently, Tsunoda had been working with the team behind the recently revealed Microsoft HoloLens virtual reality project

Microsoft stated:

"While the Halo, Gears of War, Forza and Minecraft franchises will continue to report to Phil Spencer, Kudo will lead the vision and experience development of our other Microsoft Studios portfolio investments in the United States, Europe and across our Global Publishing team. Kudo has been driving the creative direction and experience development for Microsoft HoloLens, and will bring a fresh, innovative and gamer-centric approach to development for our expanding and diverse game portfolio across Xbox and Windows 10 devices including HoloLens."

Microsoft has also posted a video where Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb chats with Tsunoda about his new responsibilities on the Xbox team. That will include being in charge of the company's development teams such as Lionhead, Lift London, Press Play and Rare.

The news comes a few days after rumors that Phil Harrison would be departing the company as the head of Microsoft Studios Europe. It would appear as if Tsunoda is taking many, if not all, of Harrison's duties. Microsoft has yet to officially comment about Harrison's status at the company and today's article and video don't mention him at all.

Source: Xbox Wire