God of War Senior Environment Artist joins Microsoft's 'The Initiative' studio

The Initiative E3 2018
The Initiative E3 2018 (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • The Initiative is still expanding its team.
  • The studio is working on a "AAAA" project.
  • The Initiative just hired another Sony Santa Monica developer.
  • We should learn more about the team and its game in 2020.

The Initiative is Microsoft's "AAAA" studio that's tasked with creating quality experiences. It's based in Santa Monica and the team keeps on growing. A lot of Sony Santa Monica developers have made the jump, but another one recently joined the team, too.

Principal Environment Artist Erik Jakobsen joined The Initiative in December 2019. Jakobsen was working as a Senior Staff Environment Artist at Sony Santa Monica before this. The listing was spotted by Klobrille on LinkedIn.

It's great to see that a lot of amazing talent is joining The Initiative. We can't wait to find out what the team is working on. It seems like it's an Xbox Series X Console Exclusive.

What do you hope the team is working on? Let us know.



Asher Madan

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