Microsoft Studios executive leadership team adds former Tomb Raider studio head Darrell Gallagher

Laurent Giret

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Video games Industry veteran Darrell Gallagher is joining the Microsoft Studios executive leadership team, Head of Microsoft Studios Matt Booty announced on Twitter today (via Windows Central). Gallagher’s long career led him to work at Rockstar, THQ, Crystal Square Enix as well as Activision. As the former head of Crystal Dynamics, he also worked on the Tomb Raider reboot and its sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider.

The recruitment of Gallagher comes at an interesting time, especially since Microsoft’s Matt Booty said today that he will have more to share about Gallagher’s new role at E3. Last week, Xbox head Phil Spencer also said that a high quality and diverse first-party lineup is “our goal and what our customers deserve,” so hopefully Gallagher will have a role to play in fulfilling this ambition.

It’s reassuring to see that Microsoft Studios can still attract great creative talent like Gallagher, especially after Creative Director Casey Hudson returned to BioWare last year. There’s no denying it, Xbox seems to suffer from an exclusive problem these days. Despite all the pre-release hype, Microsoft’s pirate game Sea of Thieves received mixed critical reception, and the company seems unable to deliver masterpieces such as the latest God of War game on the PlayStation 4. It will likely take years before Microsoft can compete with Sony and Nintendo on the first party front, but Gallagher now being on board makes Microsoft’s E3 press briefing even more interesting.