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Microsoft has no plans to create its own copy of Sony's highly acclaimed Naughty Dog studio, Microsoft Studios corporate vice-president Phil Spencer has said.

In a conversation on Twitter, Spencer responded to a question about Naughty Dog.

"ND is a special studio with an amazing track record. I believe they are unique in our industry," he wrote.

He added: "Great studios have unique culture. Creating a studio to be 'like' another isn't a goal for us."

That's not to say Microsoft isn't hoping to nurture its own strong internal teams.

"Having great internal studios is absolutely part of the plan, it's critical to long term success," Spencer concluded.

Microsoft's highest-profile studios include Rare, 343 Industries, Lionhead and Turn 10, whilst Black Tusk Studio in Vancouver is working on an unannounced title.

Source: @XboxP3

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essex1212@ Endless

You are the first person I have read/heard that has put the words Uncharted and dull in the same sentence:P

I think Microsoft have Turn 10 and Remedy who are brilliant but everyone else are pants. I think Sony have a lot of good indie studios as well as Santa Monica, Quantic Dream and of course the brilliant Naughty Dog that are far better than what Microsoft currently offer.
Since Epic and Bungie have gone I have not seen decent replacements for them.
Posted 11:02 on 23 January 2014
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VeRyCoNfUsEd@ Endless

Naughty Dog only developed the Crash series until Crash Team Racing, so it wouldn't be fair to say they ruined Crash Bandicoot. The same with Jak and Daxter. They developed the games for a while and left the series to work on new IPs. I'm curious to know whether you played the Uncharted series.

MS Studios mostly published most of the games listed, not developed. To make a balanced comparison would be to compare MS Studios to SCE as they are both publishers and developers.
Posted 10:27 on 23 January 2014
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Freekill@ Endless

Not sure if I fully agree to be honest, I get jax & dexter because they did ruin however Crash Bandicoot was fine, I enjoyed it still. HOWEVER, I believe Uncharted series to be a good series, that hold up well come compared to a bulk of the other games that came out, I really recommend playing 1 of the games start to finish (uncharted 2) and I am sure you will change your mind. I won't mention TLoU as it is a masterpiece in my eyes :P.

While ND do not release a lot of games, they do release quality games, which is better than having a studio rush out a game, for example DR3 which clearly needed a little more time to polish the game to fix the frame rate issues or improve on the story a little.
Posted 09:38 on 23 January 2014
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ND hasn't really done all that much though in the grand scheme of things. The Last of Us aside: They totally ruined and messed up Jak & Daxter and Crash Bandicoot and the Uncharted series is pretty much Tomb Raider with a much less charismatic protagonist. I.E Dull.

Whereas MS studios have produced the likes of Halo, Forza, Fable, Black & White, Killer Instinct, Donkey Kong Country, Goldeneye and a host of other excellent titles, albeit not while they were owned by MS. All of which have left a much greater impression and have much greater history behind them.
Posted 01:34 on 23 January 2014
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They could have had what Naughty Dog is with Rare but look at how they've turned out.
Posted 15:18 on 22 January 2014
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Microsofts studios are pretty much nobodies really. But then so are Sonys, Naughty Dog is the only one that stands out as a absolute game development juggernaut, and Naughty Dog is only on PS4. Not Xbox.
Posted 15:17 on 22 January 2014
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