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Respawn and BioWare developers join Xbox’s The Initiative studio

Imogen Donovan Updated on by

The Initiative, a first-party Xbox game studio, has recruited former Respawn, BioWare and Naughty Dog developers to its rapidly growing team (via Video Games Chronicle). 

Senior Apex Legends designer Sean Slayback and BioWare lead animator Ryan Duffin have been hired, according to LinkedIn updates. Joining them are artists Ryan Trowbridge and Justin Walters, who worked on Uncharted 4 and 2016’s Doom respectively. 

The studio has quite the line-up of talented developers. Brian Westergaard is its director of production, and he was the lead producer for the very good God of War. Former Crystal Dynamics, Rockstar Games, Riot and Electronic Arts employees form up the ranks as well. Along with The Initiative, Xbox has also secured partnerships with developers Ninja Theory, Playground, Obsidian, InXile and Double Fine. It’s safe to say that the future of Xbox exclusives is looking bright, and Microsoft is also eyeing up The Outer Worlds as an ‘enduring’ console exclusive.