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Microsoft to Acquire Game Developer Digital Anvil


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plans to acquire

Digital Anvil

, a privately held game developer based in Austin, Texas.

Microsoft will gain the rights to select Digital Anvil game titles, including space combat simulation game FreeLancer, as well as a yet-to-be-announced title for Microsoft's


game console. Financial terms of the agreement weren't disclosed.

Other game developers Microsoft has acquired include

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