Think about what’s happened to just about every other studio that Microsoft bought. They’re pretty clueless about acquisitions – operating what is clearly a “hmmm well it looked like a good idea at the time” backwards policy. The result of that is that some of the most innovative games developers in the world like Lionhead just get closed down when Microsoft don’t know how to handle their new toy.
If I was working for any of Warner Interactive Studios development houses right now I’d start crossing off the days left until close of business operations. I guarantee you Microsoft are gonna fuck you over – doesn’t matter how big your games are – you get bought out by Microsoft – start counting the days until the plug is pulled.