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Microsoft to open London studio for tablets

Former Rare production direction to take lead

Microsoft has set up a brand new development studio in London to focus on Windows 8 tablet devices, it's announced.

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The studio is being headed up by former Rare production director, Lee Schuneman, reports MCV, who 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 open officially in November.

"I'm hugely excited by this new venture," Schuneman said of the news. "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."

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