The Initiative shows no sign of slowing down its expansion. Microsoft’s new first-party study continues to grow with other assumptions: the software house has in fact welcomed into its team some former developers of renowned titles like Uncharted, Anthem, Just Cause, and Apex Legends.
The news comes from the updates seen in the LinkedIn profiles of the new developers hired by The Initiative. We’re talking about Sean Slayback (formerly senior game designer at Respawn Entertainment, worked at Apex Legends) joined as Lead Systems Designer, Ryan Duffin (formerly Bioware, worked on Battlefield 5 and Anthem animations) was hired as Gameplay Animation Director, Ryan Trowbridge (formerly Bend Studio and Naughty Dog, worked on Days Gone and Uncharted 4) joined as Tech Art Director, while Justin Walters (he worked at Just Caus 4 with Avalanche Studios) was named Senior Environment Artist.
In addition, in recent months, The Initiative had also hired former members of Rockstar and Santa Monica, a former Sony employee and a former developer of The Last of Us 2. This is undoubtedly weighty assumptions that bode well for the greatness of the projects in which Microsoft’s new first party study is involved. What could The Initiative have in the pipeline? To find out, all that remains is to wait for further details from the software house.