Microsoft's reveal of an Xbox 360 & PC "Game Room" is one of the bigger surprises of CES, but also surprising is the revelation of the development team behind the retro arcade store/service.


It's not Microsoft Game Studios, nor as you'd expect is it Rare, the studio responsible for the creation of the avatars in the first place. No, it's the work of Krome Studios in Australia.

We last heard from Krome - best known for developing several Star Wars & Spyro titles - in November 2009, when the studio was forced to lay off a sizeable percentage of its workforce while bosses were "actively pursuing several business opportunities". Guess they found one!


If you're wondering "why Krome", well, the studio was looking for work, but more importantly has experience with Microsoft's avatars already, having developed Scene It? Box Office Smash back in 2008.

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