Sunset Overdrive director Drew Murray joins Microsoft's The Initiative
This is another major hire.
Ratchet & Clank, Resistance, and Sunset Overdrive are some of the most admired games, and Drew Murray has been an integral part of their development. Murray served as one of the game directors behind Sunset Overdrive, and knows how to craft hilarious and serious experiences.
Today, Murray announced on Twitter that he's starting a new job at The Initiative. The Initiative is a Microsoft studio that the company hopes will craft God of War-level exclusives for Xbox One and Windows 10. It's unclear what his role is, but the team being assembled features some of the best developers in the industry.
Moments away from starting my new job at @MSStudiosBlog The Initiative! pic.twitter.com/NaMsH3XytdMoments away from starting my new job at @MSStudiosBlog The Initiative! pic.twitter.com/NaMsH3Xytd— Drew Murray (@DrewMaru29) November 19, 2018November 19, 2018
Despite the fact that Microsoft has the most powerful console on the market with the Xbox One X, it still lacks compelling first-party titles when compared to Nintendo and Sony. Hopefully The Initiative and other acquisitions like Ninja Theory and Obsidian Entertainment will fill this gap in the near future.
Sunset Overdrive was originally released in 2014 and garnered stellar reviews. Many outlets called it the best Xbox One game that year. The Sunset Overdrive description states, "the year is 2027 and Sunset City is under siege. A contaminated energy drink has transformed most of the population into toxic mutants. For many it's the end of the world, but for you it's a dream come true. Your old boss? Dead. Your boring job? Gone. You can transform the open-world into your tactical playground by grinding, vaulting, and wall-running across the city while using a devastating, unconventional arsenal."
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Phil really knows who to pick and I like that its not willy desperate nilly. Good job again
that's great news.
I'm not sure if this is great news or bad news. This pretty much solidifies no Sunset Overdrive 2.
Not exactly @Copindor. Sure, Isonomic Games own the license but they could lend/lease it to MS to develop a follow-up. This happens all the time.
Or buy the IP like they did Gears.