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Microsoft London studio forms to focus on Windows 8 tablet titles

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Microsoft is opening a new London studio to create titles for Windows 8 tablets.

Microsoft Studios announced today a new London-based studio headed by Lee Schuneman, the former production director of Rare.

The currently nameless studiowill focus on developing "a long-term business with Entertainment as a Service at its core," according to Microsoft, while working with "Windows 8 tablet devices as the underlying technology and platforms as part of Microsoft Studios' continued expansion across the region."

It is unclear wheether the formation of the studio relates to next generation console platforms, with Microsoft stating in a prepared Q&A that the company is not "talking about any further specifics at this time."

The studio will begin operation in November and is currently hiring for creative director, incubation director, studio release manager, and product manager.

"Adding a fourth UK-based studio to the incredible roster of talent already in place across Rare Ltd, Soho Productions and Lionhead not only increases our in-region studio presence, but will allow Microsoft Studios to explore the many creative and business opportunities that developing new games and entertainment experiences on Windows 8 tablet devices and platforms will afford," stated Lee Schuneman, whose work includes Kinect Sports 1 and 2, and Fable: The Journey.

The new studio joins Rare, Lionhead, and Soho Productions, as part of Microsoft's UK base of developers.