Dead Island 2 Former Lead Animator Joins Playground Games

Microsoft's Playground Games hires the lead animator behind Dead Island 2 for its upcoming unannounced project.

The lead animator behind Dead Island 2 left Dumbaster Studios to join Playground Games and help them with their upcoming unannounced project.

Two years after Forza Horizon 4, Playground Games is now working on its next project which is going to be their first RPG title in the history of the studio. While that’s the only official information on their project, rumors mostly refer to reboot of the Fable series as the upcoming game from Playground Games.

The UK-based studio now has over 200 employees and still looks for veteran developers in various positions. Most recently, they have hired Simon bean, the former lead animator at Dumbaster Studios who has worked on Dead Island 2. The developer revealed his new career at the British studio via his Twitter account.

Microsoft is probably going to host a digital event in May to showcase its latest productions in various categories, including video games. Based on the rumors, Microsoft is planning to announce the new and cheaper model of its next-gen console, along with unveiling a small number of upcoming titles from its first-party studios. Also, the company may announce the acquisition of another studio if all the speculation around that turns out to be true. Recently, Microsoft trademarked “Series X” logo, assumed to be the official icon for Xbox Series X, while the company had already trademarked a similar “S” icon which should be the label for the rumored Xbox Series S.

Aside from Playground Games, The Initiative, 343 Industries, and Ninja Theory are the other teams of Xbox Game Studios that could possibly have some exciting surprises about their upcoming projects for the next Xbox.

Xbox Series X is set to be released in Holiday 2020 and Halo Infinite is the only confirmed launch title for the game so far. Judging by the hardware specs, the next Xbox is going to be the most powerful gaming console, compared to its main rival, PS5.

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Mehrdad Khayyat

Mehrdad is a Senior Staff Writer at DualShockers. He started writing about video games since he was a high-school student. He's probably one of those rare Rainbow Six Siege fans that have the game installed and updated on any available platform.

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