Xbox’s first-party studios and recent acquisitions have been getting all the headlines lately, but Microsoft does also have a number of third-party publishing deals in place for the coming years. One of those deals will see one of Xbox’s long-standing partner support studios, Certain Affinity, trying their hands at a co-op, Monster Hunter-style game.
This game was previously reported on back in January 2022, with reliable sources claiming that Certain Affinity is working on a “Monster Hunter clone” with a focus on co-op gameplay as part of an effort to bring variety to the Xbox Game Pass line-up. Certain Affinity is a known partner studio for Microsoft, having previously worked on key projects like Halo Infinite.
Now, as first spotted by Klobrille, Certain Affinity is looking to hire new engineers, specifically those with experience working with Xbox hardware. While this doesn't outright confirm the Monster Hunter game, it does confirm that Certain Affinity is working with Microsoft on something at the moment.
While much attention has been placed on Xbox's new and improved first-party studio line-up, Xbox Games Publishing has also been very active. We can expect more surprise indie hits like Tunic, as well as larger, Microsoft-funded titles as this console generation continues.
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KitGuru Says: Microsoft is stacked with studios for RPGs and shooters, so we can expect to see some experimental publishing deals to bring variety to Game Pass. Hopefully Certain Affinity's upcoming project isn't too far away from a full reveal.