Portal and Left 4 Dead designer Kim Swift joins Xbox

By Dom Peppiatt
June 22, 2021 10:13 GMT

Kim Swift, Who you may know from her work Portal And left 4 Dead, Hired by Microsoft Joined the developer at Xbox Game Studios..

In a tweet posted yesterday afternoon, Xbox Game Studios confirmed Well-known developers will join the studio “to accelerate innovation and work with independent studios to build games for the cloud.”

Swift’s appointment to the studio is due to Microsoft’s announcement earlier this year on the creation of a “console-free” streaming device and its decision to allow players to stream games before they download them. Thing. The company works with TV makers to integrate the Xbox experience directly into Internet-connected TVs. It seems that Swift’s expertise applies to this division of the company.

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Swift is probably the most famous for creative work at Valve. Portal unveiled Narbacular Drop, a demo of a WIP portal-based physics game, and after being hired by Gabe Newell, now began developing classic puzzle icons. Personally.

After development was wrapped up in Portal, Swift also earned credits for many other Valve titles, including Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, and Half-Life 2 episode content.

Since Valve, Swift has been adopted by Amazon Game Studios, worked at Ouya, created Square Enix’s Quantum Conundrum, and then stinted at Google Stadia and EA Motive.

Speaking of EA Motive, it’s clear that the fledgling EA Studio is working on a new revival of classic IP, which will be unveiled at the EA Play showcase in July.

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