Microsoft is trying to head off speculation that more layoffs maybe in the works at its Xbox division. This comes a day after it was revealed that a page on the Microsoft Studios website removed several internal teams.
Earlier this week, Microsoft confirmed that it will close Lionhead Studios in the UK and Press Play in Denmark. However, the Microsoft Studios site also removed a number of other teams at the same time, including BigPark, Function Studios, Good Science, LXP and SOTA. All of them had either released games for Microsoft's Kinect devices on the Xbox 360 or Xbox One or were rumored to be working on Kinect or HoloLens titles.
GameInformer received a statement from Microsoft about these team removals:
"On Monday we announced changes to Microsoft Studios including Lionhead and Press Play," a Microsoft representative told us via email. "As part of these changes, we did a site refresh and removed several logos for older studios and projects that have been consolidated during the past several years into other Microsoft Studios and teams. As games launch and new projects come online, we routinely make these kinds of moves to ensure we have the right development support on the right games."
The Project Spark team was also removed from the Microsoft Studios site. The game creation tool became completely free to download and use, with no new DLC or in-app purchases support planned. However, the Project Spark servers have also been down since March 4,making the Windows 8.1 and Xbox One app unusable. Microsoft stated, "We are aware of the current service outage and are working as quickly as possible on a solution."
Update: Lionhead Studios is once again listed on the Microsoft Studios website, indicating that the fate of the studio is likely still up in the air as Microsoft continues discussing its proposed closure.
HP updates Reverb G2 ahead of launch, preorders start shipping in November
HP is finally nearly ready to start shipping its new Reverb G2 Windows Mixed Reality headset. Those who have already preordered the $600 headset should see them arrive in November, while anyone preordering after September 24 will see headsets arrive in December.
The 300Hz display on the Razer Blade 15 is way ahead of its time
Our favorite gaming laptop now has a 300Hz display option and it's smoother than your eyes can really see.
Microsoft aims to compete with PS5 in Japan with Xbox Series S price drop
Microsoft is cutting the cost of the PS5 in Japan to better position the console as a cheaper alternative to the PS5. The price drop was announced during the company's first appearance at the Tokyo Game Show in six years.
If you want FreeSync for your Xbox One games, you have few options
Keep your Xbox One games looking smoother than ever with these FreeSync monitors.