Xbox: Is The Initiative Really About To Shut Down? Here's what's going on

Xbox: Is The Initiative Really About To Shut Down? Here's what's going on


If there is an Xbox Game Studios development team that has a strong aura of curiosity around it, it is certainly The Initiative. The studio, opened in 2018 in Santa Monica, unveiled its first project only a year ago, namely the reboot of Perfect Dark. We have only been able to see a teaser of the game and we still know too little, but it seems that lately the Xbox team is giving several concerns to fans of the Microsoft gaming brand.

According to what is emerging on the net, it seems that the Xbox Game Studios studio is suffering a very worrying haemorrhage of employees. In recent weeks we had already learned of the departure of the game director of Perfect Dark, but it seems that the director of the first project of The Initiative is not the only one to have "abandoned ship" over the past twelve months.

According to what we learn from LinkedIn, The Initiative now has fewer than 50 people, but currently the firm has already hired around 12 people in the past 12 months. Also, let's not forget that the team is developing Perfect Dark together with Crystal Dynamics. Ultimately, no, The Initiative is not about to close, but it is certain that the studio is undergoing a strong "turnover" of employees within the young Microsoft team.

Waiting for the first game of The Initiative, you can retrieve the other Xbox Games Studio exclusives by subscribing to Xbox Game Pass at this address.

All The Xbox Game Pass Titles Leaving March 31

In addition to the eight additional titles coming to Xbox Game Pass in the second half of March, a handful of games are leaving the program, and they include some heavy-hitters.

Microsoft has announced that Madden NFL 20 (console, cloud, PC), Narita Boy (console, cloud, PC), and Shadow Warrior 2 (console, cloud, PC) are all leaving Xbox Game Pass on March 31. After that, Destiny 2's Beyond Light, Shadowkeep, and Forsaken expansions will leave Game Pass for PC specifically on April 11.

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Now Playing: Don't Miss These Xbox Game Pass Games

As usual, Game Pass subscribers save 20%, so anyone who wants to pick up these games before they leave the catalog can do so at a nice discount.

While these games are staying in the catalog for a little while longer, March 15 (that's today!) sees four games leaving Game Pass, including Nier: Automata, Phogs, Torchlight III, and The Surge 2.

As for the games being added to Game Pass in the second half of March, the batch of eight additional titles is led by the day one new release Shredders, an open-world snowboarding game. Weird West and F1 2021 are also coming to Game Pass this month--here's the full rundown of Game Pass releases for the rest of March.