Microsoft unveiled a slew of new acquisitions, with Ninja Theory – who made Hellblade, Compulsion, the team behind We Happy Few, Undead Labs, who made State of Decay, and Playground games, the studio behind the Forza Horizon series.

Executive vice president of Microsoft Studios, Matt Booty, said that the upcoming buy-ups wss a signal of intent of where the company want to take the Xbox platform; saying that:

“Our growth strategy is to continue to expand the worlds that players love, while developing all-new exclusive games that deepen their engagement with our platform. We are thrilled to welcome five new studios into the Microsoft family. We believe these teams have the collective creative power and operational excellence to deliver the next industry game changers.”

Amidst a conference that’s grabbed the early glory of E3, the intent shown by Microsoft to make up the ground between them and Sony on the exclusives front has thrown up a lot of questions about what’s next for Xbox players. The answers will, unfortunately, have to wait.