Microsoft studio The Initiative continues to bolster ranks, adds former God of War developers

July 25, 2019 1 min read

While new Xbox studio The Initiative are yet to develop their first video game, they have succeeded in putting together a team of heavyweight players from the AAA development scene.

The most recent acquisitions to the new studio, which was first announced to the world back at E3 2018, are the trio of Ian Miller, Ray Yeomans and Kai Zheng, all of whom were responsible for the level design in 2018's masterpiece God of War for Sony Santa Monica. The three new employees have signed up to a crew that already includes Annie Lohr - formerly of Electronic Arts and Respawn, and Rockstar alumni Christian Cantamessa and Tom Shepard.

Given that The Initiative now boasts developers from titles such as Grand Theft Auto V, God of War, Tomb Raider, Uncharted and Red Dead Redemption among others, the studio is putting together quite the tour de force of experience and talent. What vessel all of this will be channeled into remains to be seen, but its clear that The Initiative are building a solid base for its sophomore efforts, whenever they are ready to show their hand.

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