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Hedon

Hedonism
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Sep 13, 2013
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The only thing I learned is that they want to stay small and agile.
 

Edge BC

Mistwalker fan
Sep 16, 2013
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The only thing I learned is that they want to stay small and agile.
Yeah, not exactly what you expect to hear from a AAAA promise studio. Is it supposed to be an elite only studio?
 

OneBadMutha

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Sep 12, 2013
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It’s interesting because Microsoft has pegged this studio as something ambitious and innovative. Unless they changed their mind (unlikely), there’s more than meets the eye here.

I’m only speculating here based on....

Watch the recent Hololens presentation.
Research how Moon studios is set up.
Listen to what Spencer has said about remote workers recently.

I’m speculating that Microsoft is experimenting with a new structure and development pipeline.
Creative team and leads are located locally from each other. Due to evolutions in technology that Microsoft is leading, I’m speculating they will hire production positions remotely. Will save them considerable cost because it’s much more expensive to rent a building for 300 people opposed to 50. Not to mention, they can hire production workers (guys who do the coding) remotely in areas where cost of living isn’t so high.

Moon studios, who Microsoft has worked closely with as a 2nd party this gen, has experienced people working in different regions. They don’t report to one building.

Hololens combined with Xcloud allows people to present and share info remotely in more advanced methods than they can currently do locally.

Hence...small team doesnt equate to a small project.
 

Frozpot

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Sep 13, 2013
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It’s interesting because Microsoft has pegged this studio as something ambitious and innovative. Unless they changed their mind (unlikely), there’s more than meets the eye here.

I’m only speculating here based on....

Watch the recent Hololens presentation.
Research how Moon studios is set up.
Listen to what Spencer has said about remote workers recently.

I’m speculating that Microsoft is experimenting with a new structure and development pipeline.
Creative team and leads are located locally from each other. Due to evolutions in technology that Microsoft is leading, I’m speculating they will hire production positions remotely. Will save them considerable cost because it’s much more expensive to rent a building for 300 people opposed to 50. Not to mention, they can hire production workers (guys who do the coding) remotely in areas where cost of living isn’t so high.

Moon studios, who Microsoft has worked closely with as a 2nd party this gen, has experienced people working in different regions. They don’t report to one building.

Hololens combined with Xcloud allows people to present and share info remotely in more advanced methods than they can currently do locally.

Hence...small team doesnt equate to a small project.
Well, they don't have to be big to be innovative. Ambitious trends to take size, but that can change depending on scope and tools. Still, they can keep a small core and temporarily expand when necessary.
 

Rollins

Well-Known Member
Sep 11, 2013
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It’s interesting because Microsoft has pegged this studio as something ambitious and innovative. Unless they changed their mind (unlikely), there’s more than meets the eye here.

I’m only speculating here based on....

Watch the recent Hololens presentation.
Research how Moon studios is set up.
Listen to what Spencer has said about remote workers recently.

I’m speculating that Microsoft is experimenting with a new structure and development pipeline.
Creative team and leads are located locally from each other. Due to evolutions in technology that Microsoft is leading, I’m speculating they will hire production positions remotely. Will save them considerable cost because it’s much more expensive to rent a building for 300 people opposed to 50. Not to mention, they can hire production workers (guys who do the coding) remotely in areas where cost of living isn’t so high.

Moon studios, who Microsoft has worked closely with as a 2nd party this gen, has experienced people working in different regions. They don’t report to one building.

Hololens combined with Xcloud allows people to present and share info remotely in more advanced methods than they can currently do locally.

Hence...small team doesnt equate to a small project.