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Microsoft grabs more Xbox developers

Two more influential Japanese game developers will make exclusive games for the next Xbox.

Microsoft has added two more influential Japanese game developers to the stable making exclusive games for the next version of the Xbox. The company announced Wednesday that it has formed partnerships with development companies run by Yoshiki Okamoto, one of the originators of the "Resident Evil" game series, and Tetsuya Mizuguchi, known for games such as "Rez" and "Sega Rally Championship."

The partnerships follow last week's announcement of a similar tie-up with Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of the influential "Final Fantasy" series of role-playing games. Microsoft is hoping such development deals will give it a software roster more attuned to tastes in Japan, where the Xbox has made minimal headway to date against competing consoles from Sony and Nintendo.