Microsoft’s The Initiative picks up former Naughty Dog melee animation lead

By Sherif Saed, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 09:44 GMT

The Initiative continues to stack up on strong talent from across the games industry.

The Initiative, Microsoft’s first-party AAA studio the company revealed to the world at E3 2018 has been quiet ever since that moment.

The main reason for the lack of news, of course, is that the studio is currently still staffing up for its first project. Recently, the team added yet another industry veteran.

As spotted by Klobrille on Twitter, Lee Davis, Naughty Dog’s former head of melee animation is now The Initiative’s lead gameplay animator. Davis’ credits includes Uncharted 2, Uncharted 4, and both of The Last of Us games.

Davis is only the last in a long line of hires from some of the industry’s biggest studios, with a particular focus on veterans of animation. So far, The Initiative has picked up talent who previously worked on God of War, Red Dead Redemption, Tomb Raider and more.

As for what the team’s first game is going to be, whispers suggest it may be a Perfect Dark reboot, or at least a third-person game in that universe. Obviously, it’s best to take those rumours with a pinch of salt, as the game is years away and so many things could change in the interim.

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