×

Former ‘Tomb Raider’ Boss Joins Microsoft Studios

Former Crystal Dynamics head of studio Darrell Gallagher is joining Microsoft Studios’ executive leadership team, Matt Booty, head of Microsoft Studios, announced Monday on Twitter.

Prior to his new position, Gallagher spent two years with Activision as senior vice president and a decade with Crystal Dynamics, heading up the studio’s 2013 “Tomb Raider reboot, which focused on survival mechanics and a more grounded, mature story. He’s also worked for Rockstar, Sony, and THQ in various positions in the past. 

“Always admired the work you’ve led and excited to have you joining the team. Welcome,” Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, tweeted about the recruitment. Gallagher also tweeted about his excitement to join Microsoft.

While Microsoft isn’t saying much about Gallagher’s role within the company, Microsoft Studios is the company’s video game production wing, responsible for overseeing the development and publishing of first and third-party games for the Xbox and PC. Gallagher could be coming on board to work with and establish relationships between the publisher and developers. More information about Gallagher’s role in the company is expected to come this year at E3, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center between June 12 and June 14.

Microsoft Studios was launched in 2002 shortly after the release of the original Xbox.

Popular on Variety

More Gaming

  • Scopely founders

    Mobile-Games Company Scopely Raises $200 Million From Chernin Group, Advance

    Scopely, a mobile-games developer, announced an additional $200 million as part of its Series D funding round from Advance, whose holdings include Condé Nast, and Peter Chernin’s The Chernin Group (TCG). The new funding doubles the size of the original $200 million Series D round Scopely announced last fall and brings the company to over [...]

  • Games to Get Lost in

    The Best Video Games to Get Lost in While Self-Isolating

    “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” finally released on Friday, giving players the opportunity to travel to an island paradise and build a community there. For gamers with fairly different tastes, on that same day, “Doom: Eternal” also debuted, allowing those at home to battle through the demonic forces of hell. Either way, it’s an escape. And for [...]

  • Activision-Blizzard-Overwatch-League-Grand-Finals-2018

    Overwatch League Cancels All March, April Events Due to Coronavirus

    The Overwatch League has cut all of its events through March and April, another major cancellation in gaming and esports as the industry grapples with COVID-19 (coronavirus). Activision Blizzard announced the move with a statement on Wednesday, the same day the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a global pandemic. The publisher said it’s monitoring “city-level [...]

  • E3 2019

    E3 2020 Canceled After 'Overwhelming Concerns' About Coronavirus

    E3 organizers, bowing to the inevitable, announced that this year’s video-games conference scheduled for June in L.A. has been canceled because of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. Last year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, drew 66,100 attendees. The 2020 gaming showcase had been scheduled to run June 9-11 at the Los Angeles Convention Center [...]

  • Jeff Sagansky Harry Sloan

    Jeff Sagansky, Harry Sloan Partner on $600 Million IPO

    Veteran Hollywood executives Jeff Sagansky and Harry Sloan are launching Flying Eagle Acquisition Corp. with a $600 million initial public offering. It’s the sixth public acquisition vehicle since 2011 launched by Sagansky and Sloan. These kind of acquisition companies have gained in popularity in recent years as a means for investors to participate in new [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content