Signs point to Microsoft gearing up to acquire Playground Games, the developer behind the massively successful Forza Horizon series.
Dolliver is vice president and deputy general counsel at Microsoft, and, according to his LinkedIn profile, specialises in mergers and acquisitions.
Microsoft has appointed Dolliver as a director at a number of studios that it has acquired: Rare, Lionhead, and Skype.
The acquisition does make sense for Microsoft, given that the company is renewing its focus on first-party games. Playground’s biggest success is the Forza series, which is one of the few gems Microsoft’s gaming crown.
There have also been rumours of a new Fable game being in development at Playground Games as well, a series that’s always been Microsoft exclusive.
We will likely hear more at E3 next week, if not about Fable then about the next Forza game. Could Xbox be gearing up for something special?
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