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New Microsoft London studio 'to work on social game projects'

Xbox firm heading to the capital to establish fourth UK studio

Microsoft is preparing to open its second Xbox-related development studio in London.

<--[bigpic:278447]-->The new base marks the fourth Microsoft studio working on games in the UK, alongside Rare, Lionhead and Xbox Soho. According to industry publication MCV, Microsoft has begun a search for senior developers to work at the London studio.

It is suspected that the group will develop various free-to-play, online and social games, MCV said.

On Wednesday it was revealed that Microsoft has axed two projects at its Vancouver studio and has made a select number of staff redundant.