It appears that the company is busy assembling a top-notch team.
Microsoft’s AAA studio called The Initiative has hired two more former Sony employees. They welcomed an ex-Naughty Dog animator who worked on the Uncharted series and The Last of Us games and one of Naughty Dog’s former technical directors.
Lee Davis, former Head of Melee Animation ay Naughty Dog, has joined the team as Lead Gameplay Animator. Lauren Garcia, ex Character Shading Technical Director from Sony, will be working as Senior Shading Technologies Specialist at Microsoft’s new studio.
Garcia revealed the role on Twitter and Davis updated his status on LinkedIn. Previously, the studio hired former God of War producer Brian Westergaard. A number of former Crystal Dynamics and Bungie developers also joined the team.