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For The Build-Up Of Games, Microsoft Hired The Co-Creator Of Portal

For The Build-Up Of Games, Microsoft Hired The Co-Creator Of Portal

Recent updates claim that Microsoft has hired a co-creator for the portal. Kim Swift has been hired, perhaps she is one of the best-known co-creator of Portal, to oversee Xbox Game Studios Publishing’s collaborations with independent studios on the games that are built with the cloud. As per the reports, Swift is going to join as an senior director of cloud gaming after a stint at Stadia, she was the game design director over here.

Swift produced Narbacular Drop, which was released in early 2005. Later on, Valve hired the team behind this game for making a spiritual successor to Portal and was successful as well. Kim Swift was the one leading the project on the classic puzzle-platformer. She worked extraordinarily on the Left for Dead series before moving out to Airtight Games, and later Amazon and EA Motive.

In the month of February, Google shut down its internal Stadia game studios. Many of the team members working over here have been moved to some other companies.

Probing further, Kim Swift is now going to form a proper team that will focus more on the new experiences in the cloud. This will support the mission of bringing Xbox Games to connect 3 billion gamers to play the games and feel enjoyable. These were the lines that Peter Wyse head of the Xbox Game Studios Publishing told Polygon.

Microsoft wants to reach a vast number of gamers even the ones who are not having, want, or need consoles or gaming PCs. At present, they are trying to build streaming sticks and smart TV applications so that people can easily get access to Xbox cloud gaming through Game Pass without any priced hardware. Hence, this is a little surprising that Xbox is working on cloud-native games. 

However, Wyse said that we at present don’t know how exactly it will look like and will play like. The gamers will have to be quiet for some time if they really need something good.

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Tom Bernes

Tom Bernes is the Editorial Director at The Next Hint Inc.

Prior to joining The Next Hint Inc, Tom had a hand in a number of online and print publications, including as chief copy editor and Government Technology Magazine as managing editor. He also did a stint in Sydney as group editor of RBI Australia's manufacturing group, which is when he also developed an affinity (a love, really) for cricket.

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