Microsoft Coming to Fazeley Studios – It’s Officially Happening


You might have already heard various murmurings and speculation, but now Rare, a Microsoft Games Studio has officially signed to create a new 11,000 sq ft facility in Fazeley Studios!!!

 Rare are taking studios 33, 35, 36, 37, 38 and 40 for a ‘production, test and usability site’ where they’ll work on new Microsoft global gaming products.

 RARE’s long term plans are to make the space into a ‘world class usability lab’, which they’ll use to find new working methods of developing and testing the next wave of Microsoft games.

 They have chosen Fazeley Studios/Digbeth because of:

  •  The talented pool of creative professionals
  • Access to nearby colleges and Unis
  • Central urban location (their main headquarters is a rural purpose built building complete with a duck pond and football pitch!)
  • A flexible use studio that they can occupy in different ways at different stages of the production cycle

They are opening the studio in April and there will be up to 90 staff working there at different times of the testing and production cycle .

Jane Holmes (Advantage West Midlands) and Jim Horth (Rare) in Fazeley Studios reception

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