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God of War Narrative Producer to Join New Microsoft Team The Initiative

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Headed by industry veteran Darrell Gallagher, Microsoft announced the members of a new major studio titled The Initiative.

One of the more shocking inclusions involves former Santa Monica Studios member Brian Westergaard. Westergaard worked extensively on PlayStation exclusive God of War (2018) as Senior Managing Producer for Narrative and Animation.

The full team currently consists of various Microsoft and Crystal Dynamics members with the goal of designing exclusive Microsoft content.

With this generation turning into yet another battle for exclusives, Westergaard was likely headhunted to produce content akin to Santa Monica Studio’s output. The Initiative will be primarily focusing on innovative titles.

The Initiative currently has no announced projects in the pipeline, but with the inclusion of several experienced staff, such as Rockstar’s Christian Cantamessa, Xbox fans can expect some compelling news relatively swiftly.

While series such as Gears of War and Halo have remained a staple for the Xbox community, other Microsoft exclusives have failed to outperform some of Sony’s titles. With the announcement of this new team, Xbox could potentially turn the tide of the ever-raging console war.

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Telltale Games Catalog to be Removed From GOG Next Week

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Fans of the late developer Telltale Games should hurry to pick up its games quick, as PC players may not be able to buy the titles for much longer.

Digital retailer GOG has announced that Telltale’s game will be listed from the store’s website come May 27.

The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands, and Batman: The Enemy Within are just a few of the titles that will fall victim to the delisting. Tales from the Borderlands specifically was already removed from Steam sometime this week.

Fans of Telltale’s Borderlands spin-off have a sliver of hope however, as 2K says that it is working to bring the title back to digital platforms as soon as it can. A 2K spokesperson confirmed the news to Eurogamer.

“We are working to get Tales from the Borderlands back up on digital storefronts as soon as possible. All prior digital purchases of the game will of course still be honoured and supported.”

There is no word on if the same will happen over at Steam or other digital retailers, but fans should assume the worst. The internet-wide delisting is a result of Telltale’s demise late last year.

Though much of the Telltale catalog will be affected, its most influential title, The Walking Dead, will still be made available through the Epic Games Store.

Those who already own any of the games delisting next week should note that they will still be able to play the games as they please.

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