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London-based developer to focus on Windows 8 tablet devices

Rare’s Schuneman heading up new Microsoft studio

Microsoft’s new London studio will be headed up by former Rare production director Lee Schuneman.

The newly established firm will focus on developing for Windows 8 tablet devices. Schuneman will report to Microsoft’s corporate VP of interactive entertainment Phil Harrison.

The office will initially be based at Microsoft Studios’ Great Pulteney Street premises and is expected to spring to life in November. The company has begun the process of hiring for the new outfit.

“I’m hugely excited by this new venture,” Schuneman stated.

“Adding a fourth UK-based studio to the incredible roster of talent already in place not only increases our in-region studio presence, but will allow Microsoft Studios to explore the many creative and business opportunities that developing new games and entertainment experiences on Windows 8 tablet devices and platforms will afford.”

Microsoft currently has three other UK studios – Rare, Lionhead and Soho Productions.

This story originally appeared on our sister site, MCV.

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