Exciting New Details on inXile Entertainment Next Hit

As we near E3, studios begin to hype their games and we start hearing bits and pieces about games in the works. This certainly is the case for inXile Entertainment. Over the past year, we’ve seen inXile release the latest installment in their hit, turn-based RPG series, Wasteland. They’ve also been very busy with hiring and a number of juicy details have been made available in recent job listings.

Job listings have indicated that the title will be a role-playing game, so there is no question they’ll incorporate their world-class touch in that realm. The other real questions are what type of environment that game will take place in and what type of rpg will it be? For answers to the first part, perhaps some of the recent artwork by Alksandar Danilovac, the Environment Artist for inXile Entertainment can shed some light on this. The below video was made last year and seems to display a magical, steampunk world. There is even a steam-powered carriage at 46 seconds in.

More recently, the studio has started to ramp up discussion and hints about their game. Last week, Brian Fargo tweeted out “I know that teasing is cruel but I am so excited about the visuals, design and writing for our next big game. Unfortunately you won’t see what I see for quite a long time.” However, earlier today, inXile tweeted out the below in response to an Xbox tweet, potentially hinting at their next title and answering the question of what type of rpg this game will be. Now, as Brian Fargo stated, it may be a while before we see this game, but maybe some of the hype alludes to a little teaser coming next month (we can only hope!).

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Xbox: The Future is NOW, A look at the Xbox Roadmap

As more information falls into place about the number of projects that the Xbox and Bethesda/ZeniMax studios are working on, the Xbox Roadmap becomes a little bit clearer (though we’re still learning about the games). Below I take an attempt at placing the first party known and unknown titles on a several year roadmap. This list does not include any third party exclusive or Xbox publishing games, so with that in mind, the years should be even more action packed!

Xbox Roadmap

Hints Xbox is on the Verge of MASSIVE Moves

Xbox for the second time in three months is adding a senior manager to their team focused on acquisitions. The job post details this is the team that brought some of the biggest names to Xbox like Zenimax.

These additions come after the Xbox acquisition of Zenimax, so these two high level roles will add more drive to a room that’s already brought major talent to Xbox. These moves do not happen with someone that is content with their current stable of studios and as such is a definite sign that Xbox will be adding to their first party studios in the near future. These positions are also longer term strategic positions, so it is likely that Xbox will be acquiring new studios and content for years to come.

These moves now come on the heels of Satya Nadella and Phil Spencer both stating that Xbox will be growing inorganically and targeting major IP. The content to attract people to their systems and services is what both are after, so it’s safe to assume any names that are bandied about will be big names or have big plans for their future. For some possible names they may be looking at be sure to check out my Unknown Worlds posts.

The EPIC SAGA of Phil’s Desk Continues: Mandalorian and Fallout

Phil’s desk is becoming something to keep an eye on every single time he goes on camera. Phil has his little clues at what’s to come on his desk on a number of occasions this past year. Today is not an exception, as the eagle eyed Shpeshal_Ed pointed out.

New to Phil’s desk are a Mandalorian funko figure and Vault Boy from Fallout. Is Phil hinting that they’re developing a Mandalorian game and a new Fallout? Both would make sense. It’s been heavily rumored that Xbox was seeking a Star Wars property. It’s also easy to see the benefit for Xbox to get one of their premier series like Fallout in Development asap.

May the 4th is almost here so hopefully we hear something about the Mandolorian then.

Did you see anything else new, let us know.

Xbox MASSIVE Revenue, New Gamepass Games, HOT Forza Rumor

  • New games with gold games are coming with Armello, Dungeons 3, Lego Batman and Tropico 4 coming in May.
  • A couple new Gamepass games for May were revealed. The epic rpg builder, Minecraft lite game Dragon Quest Builders 2 and the wild dodgeball, multiplayer battle game, Knockout City.
  • Microsofts Q3 revenue for 2021 was revealed today and we learned that Xbox content and service revenue is up by 34% while Xbox gaming revenue in general was up 50%, read more detail in Brad Sam’s blog where he covers the quarterly results in depth.
  • @JezCorden in response to a question on a weekly podcast was asked about an acquisition of IO Interactive and said to keep an eye on it.
  • @JezCorden and @JeffGrub have been teasing an exciting setting for Forza Horizon 5, Mexico. We shouldn’t have to wait long to see for ourselves with E3 right around the corner, and if you’re interested read more about what we might see at E3 here.
  • Brian Fargo let us know that inXiles game is looking amazing, but it’ll be a while before we see it so scratch it off E3 this year.

ULTIMATE TWITTER FOLLOWS FOR ANY XBOX FAN

  1. @Xbox – The main Xbox account, also absolutely legendary tweets. Just beat skittles as best Twitter brand account.
  2. @XboxP3 – None other than Phil Spencer, the man that took the colossal mess that was Xbox in 2013 and turned it into the world-class brand it is today.
  3. @XboxGamepass – Giving the main Xbox account a run for its money in terms of entertaining tweets. Also teases games that will be coming to Gamepass.
  4. @MajorNelson – Larry Hryb’s official account, has all the news, engages with fans regularly.
  5. @AaronGreenburg – Head of Xbox Games Marketing, he’s incredibly active on twitter and engages with fans frequently.
  6. @BrianFargo – Legendary creator and inXile Studio head, entertaining as heck. Knows how to get fans excited.
  7. This ones a little bit of a cheat, but your favorite Xbox studios:
    @Bethesda @RareLtd @inXile_ent @idSoftware @ArkaneStudios @ZeniMax_Online @machinegames @Turn10Studios @WeArePlayground @Obsidian @DoubleFine @CompulsionGames @CoalitionGears @TheInitiative
    I definitely recommend Bethesda, Double Fine, Rare and Obsidian for the best tweets.
  8. @JeffGrub – Industry insider. Also very entertaining human (yeah I don’t know how else to describe it, he’s just a cool guy).
  9. @JezCorden – lead Xbox writer for Windows Central and known Industry Insider, Jez always offers insights and teases at what’s to come.
  10. @ZhugeEX – Massive amount of gaming content and one of the biggest Industry Insiders out there.
  11. @Colteastwood – Best darn Xbox YouTube out there generating tons of relevant content with the most epic of voices
  12. @Nibellion – GREAT commentary on all the gaming news, very quick and always has entertaining live tweet threads during big events.
  13. @Klobrille – Great Xbox art, thoughtful insight into Xbox and its future plans.
  14. @geoffkeighley – Geoff hosts so many video game events he could be on a list for Nintendo, Playstation or Xbox, he always has great content and exclusive looks.
  15. @Vicious696 – Parris, host of the KindaFunny podcast, entertaining and spot on hot takes.
  16. @_XboxNews – Run by a group of 20+ Xbox fans, always on top of the developing stories and newest game content.
  17. @IdleSloth84 – Providing wonderful illuminating, relevant gaming news, frequently one of the first to post job postings for new IP, or shed more light on developing gaming news.
  18. @Shpeshal_Ed – Co-Founder of http://XboxEra.com and co-host of the XboxEra Podcast. He’s also always breaking gaming news before anyone else, if you want the inside scoop follow him.
  19. @JamieMoranUK – If you like sci-fi, fantasy, rpgs and shooters, Jamie is a must-follow. Always posting great videos and gifs of xbox games.
  20. @purexbox – Awesome xbox blog, always has a ton of content and good reads.

Xbox Or Playstation? Choosing Doesn’t Have To Be Hard – 6 Tips

The next-gen consoles have now been out for about six months and are both still selling like crazy. If you’re looking out at the consoles and trying to figure out which one is right for you then I’ve got the quick guide for you:

Determine what’s important to you in a console and what your play habits will be. Here’s the key questions to figure out:

If you like gaming with friends, where do they play?
The answer is easy if they all play on one console, that’s the direction that you’ll likely be most happy heading in. However, if you’re looking at a friend group that spread between consoles and PC, it may help to realize the difference in approach to cross play for Playstation and Xbox. Xbox is focused on providing gamers with many places to play and taking their games between systems and encouraging cross-play. Playstation, so far has not had a big focus on putting their games other places or allowing much cross-play.

What genre(s) of games do you enjoy?
Each console certainly has their strengths. If you’re looking for a console focused on big cinematic action adventure games or E rated adventures, look no further than Playstation. If you’re looking for big role-playing games, massive first person shooters, top notch racing games or all the sports games you can handle, then Xbox is the place for you.

If your interests lie outside those, take a look at this list of Xbox games and this list of Playstation games to see what meets your fancy.

What is your anticipated gaming budget for the year?
If you’re on a budget and looking to spend as little as possible to get a next generation and games, take a look at the Series S, which is $100 cheaper than the next options and bundle it with Xbox Gamepass to get a library of over 300 games for a $15/month subscription. Otherwise, both consoles are comparably priced and offer free multiplayer on free to play games, so if budgets no issue, move to the next question.

What features do you want from your next gen console?

The consoles both offer high level graphical fidelity and stable high frame rate per second. The graphics will be as good as the developers designing the games though, so if the best looking games are your focus, Playstation may have the edge solely due to their cinematic focus of their top tier developers. Third party games have not had much parity one way or the other thus far, with certain games performing better on Playstation and certain others better on Xbox.

Aside from graphics and frame rate, you may want to look at controllers, Playstation has a few more new features implemented such as adaptive triggers (will feel the resistance of the trigger). Xbox has the edge on the software side with the best software feature of the new generation with multi-game quick resume (hop instantly into where you last were in a game).

If you want to check out the full features, check them out in PC Mag’s excellent feature roundup.

Is backward compatibility important to you?

The two companies have very different current philosophies on backwards compatibility. Sony has been pushing to remaster some of their top tier releases from the past to bring them into the future, but are not supporting backwards computability of their greater catalogue. Xbox has pushed and supported backwards compatibility very hard and rather than focusing on a few remasters, has focused on software to automate upgrading the frame rates and resolutions of a number of games over the past six months (they’re up to 47 games that they’ve upgraded to 120 fps this way). Xbox is continuing to make backwards compatibility a pre-requisite moving forward in any of their future designs.

Are you concerned with owning the games or just playing them?

Sony and Xbox are both taking strategies to improve their services and align them for the future, but are again taking different paths. Playstation seems to be aligning their strategy with their Playstation Plus service that gives free games monthly (but note you need to be subscribed to keep access to the games). Xbox is very clearly pushing their Xbox Gamepass service, which is aiming to be the crowning, must have gaming service.

Xbox Gamepass now offers over 350 games, including all Xbox first party games day 1 and recently has been adding big indie and third party games day 1. They recently announced their Xcloud launch to over a billion devices including Android, iOS and PC, so a bunch of the games (current list here) with you wherever you are.


WB San Diego: Game to Watch, Unannounced AAA F2P

According to information contained in WB San Deigos website combined with information in a job posting, a lot is clear about the next game from the studio. The Job listing is for a senior level designer to balance multiplayer maps for an unannounced AAA game. Their website indicates a focus on the future of F2P AAA games.

The studio was originally formed to focus on mobile games for DC and Harry Potter, but it appears with the focus WB has on live service game, that has changed. The possibility of a multiplayer DC or Harry Potter game is certainly enriching though. We’ll see get multiplayer superhero vs supervillain throw downs or maybe it’ll be wizards vs death eaters in a giant Wizarding World battle royal. Whichever direction they head in, it sure seems interesting!

The Biggest Unknown: Unannounced 3rd Party Games

This post isn’t for covering all the known unannounced big game franchises everyone knows are in development like Gears or Assassins Creed. This is to go over all the big unannounced games that have no known ties to big ongoing franchises. Buckle up, there’s a lot to see here and I’ll get right into it below!

Avalanche Games is just coming off their open world dino sandbox shooter and is now working on a new unannounced project that they are hiring an Xbox Specialist for, job listing here. There are some other clues that they may be pushing toward a larger multiplayer experience in their open world as they are hiring several network and multiplayer focused positions.

Sumo Digital has multiple unannounced titles in development per their many job listings. They specify specifically that one unannounced project is for a franchise with multiple entries, while another project for a new IP is mentioned as well. The existing franchise is a real wildcard as they’ve developed games for Sega, Playstation and Xbox a number of times in recent history. They have a big track record for working on racing games and it has been a little while since we’ve seen them use that expertise so that may be one to watch.

Moon Studios has been reported a few times as working on a very different direction than another Ori game. They’re working on an Sci-fi Action-RPG, reported by Sean Murray here. It will definitely be interesting to see what art style and combat types they weave into this new adventure. Their previous works did a great job of incorporating some more tradition rpg style elements like progression trees into their platforms, so this could be a natural evolution for the team.

Probably Monsters is a very fast growing, new AAA developer by the former Bungie CEO, Harold Ryan, with three studios working on separate games. One of the games is a AAA CO-OP RPG as they talked about in their own news release. The other two studios are working on their own games as well, but we haven’t heard much about them other than they will be AAA in scope (which for new studios, may mean waiting for a bit). This is a big one to watch for Xbox as the studio is located close to their stomping grounds in Bellevue, Washington, so look for Xbox to keep a close eye on the studios.

Embark Studios live service co-op action game per their job listing here and there was an interesting sneak peak on youtube (https://youtu.be/Irbc52vVoi8). There have also been some industry insiders that claim they are working on another game as well. Embark is a pretty big unknown. They were started by a bunch of industry veterans in 2018 and have been hiring like crazy. The studio seems to have a large focus on incorporating the biggest new tech innovations that change the way AAA game development is performed, so their project certainly has big potential to surprise us.

People Can Fly is hot off of the new hit title Outriders but their second team has been in development of another big AAA game. This was announced by their own team here in July 2020. The game was labeled immediately as an action-adventure game, so that’s a bit of a departure from their traditional shooter games. The team has certainly grown and poached some serious talent to work on the game though, so it’s one to watch!

Playdead Studios is currently working on a 3rd Person Sci-fi game according to job listings on their website. Playdead is a smaller team of about 50 employees that produced hot titles Inside and Limbo, but this is a new exciting direction for them.

Asobo is coming off back to back hit games with Microsoft Flight Simulator and A Plagues Tale. That A Plagues Tale team has been expanding for a new project. They haven’t peaked any details yet, but there are lots of 4umblings about a big AAA Open world game.