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Microsoft opens a new Activision studio: Elsewhere Entertainment

They will create a new Triple A franchise with former talents from The Last of Us, The Witcher, Cyberpunk and Uncharted on their team

With the acquisition of Activision Blizzard King by Microsoft at the end of last year for $60.000 billion, it was expected that they would seek to expand their horizons with new studios, with Elsewhere Entertainment being the first to be created after the acquisition to build a new Triple franchise TO.

Although the creation of a new study might sound contradictory after the layoff of almost 2.000 employees at Activision Blizzard at the beginning of 2024 and the closure of some Bethesda Game Studios studios such as Tango Gameworks, Arkane Austin and Alpha Dog Games, it looks like Elsewhere Entertainment will tap into the huge talent pool growing in Poland.

Elsewhere Entertainment is a brand new studio incubating a brand new franchise and staffed with industry veterans. The new studio is based in Warsaw “with additional resources in the United States” and has alumni from franchises such as The Last of Us, Uncharted, The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077, Far Cry and more.

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In a blog post, Activision said Elsewhere is “solely focused on creating a new narrative-driven, genre-defining AAA franchise.”

“The team's underlying mission encourages everyone to explore and collaborate creatively to create a franchise with a lasting legacy that resonates far beyond the games,” he added.

“Elsewhere is opening its search for top talent from across the industry and around the world to help create a cutting-edge, next-generation gaming experience.”

Also read Microsoft lays off 1.900 Activision Blizzard employees

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