Microsoft Studios announced that it has founded a new studio in London. The developer will focus on “Entertainment as a Service” and particularly for software on Windows 8 tablet devices.


There is no confirmation over whether the developer might work on products for the next Xbox. The London studio is currently staffing up and won't announce any projects until at least November.


The studio will be headed up by Lee Schuneman. A veteran of Rare, he previously worked on Kinect Sports 1 and 2, the Xbox 360 Avatars, Fable: The Journey and the Sky TV app.


“Adding a fourth UK-based studio to the incredible roster of talent already in place across Rare Ltd, Soho Productions and Lionhead 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,” said Schuneman.