Microsoft’s Xbox Cuts Aren’t Over Yet, Report Says

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In recent days, the gaming industry was sent reeling by the sudden closure of four studios under the Xbox banner – Tango Gameworks, Arkane Austin, Alpha Dog Studios and Roundhouse Games. It was a shock move that few saw coming, but according to a recent report, it seems that more layoffs and cuts are on the way, with some developing behind the scenes as we speak.


Not Done Yet

In a report published by Bloomberg, it was claimed by sources close to the matter that Xbox has been offering ‘voluntary severance agreements’ to ZeniMax employees, attempting to ‘buy them out’ of their contract and see them depart the company. In the report, it was referenced that producers and QA testers are being targeted.

Furthermore, Bloomberg’s sources at Xbox revealed that ‘more cuts are on the way’.

It hasn’t been officially confirmed why each of these studios were closed down, but cost-cutting measures are at the top of the list when it comes to explanations. In one claim, it was suggested that the main factor behind the closures of Tango Gameworks and Arkane Austin was that both studios were looking to expand and were pitching new projects.

Microsoft has been one of the biggest contributors to the last year and a half of layoffs and turmoil in the gaming industry, and the tech titan isn’t done yet.


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  1. 343, The Coalition, The Initiative, Ninja Theory especially if Hellblade 2 flops, Turn 10, Rare because where is Everwild, Undead Labs, and put Arkane Lyone on alert. Tango and Roundhouse shouldn’t have been shut down all those other studios should have. This is what happens without AI implementation in the workplace. Microsoft should buy EA for this reason they’re implementing it and they have their own in house engine that successfully works.

  2. Phil Spencer, Aaron Greenberg, Sarah Bond, and Matt Booty should be fired then people with actual experience in the game industry should be hired

  3. That’s great here’s a list of the people that should be first to be fired Aaron Greenberg, Matt Booty, Phil Spencer, and Sarah Bond anyone close to that team should also be fired and replaced immediately! Bring people who know how to make games bring Cliff Bleszinski in to help, bring John Carmack, David Jaffe, Tomonobu Itagaki, Sheamus Blackley, Ed Fries, John Tobias, Peter Moore bring in the people who know what they’re doing! Bring in Reggie Fils-Amie and Andrew House.

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