Xbox Game Studios |OT5| The Cult of Phil in the Age of Booty: A Case Study

knightmawk

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Dec 12, 2018
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Well.. the games announced on the Game Pass twitter are playable within a month. Game announces are, most of the times, not out for months or years. :P
I more meant that I look forward to reading the tweets more than I care what games they're about.

Bit tongue in cheek.

I also just don't have the volume to play all of the games, there's so many big ones now.
 
Apr 6, 2018
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Andromeda animations were buggy, clitchy and not that good... But that is probably because, they didn't have enough Time.
Andromeda had problem with specific models, the male and alien ones looked absolutely gorgeous for an rpg

It does mean 2019 is going to be quite a dry year for Xbox Game Studios.

They've released Crackdown 3. And they will release The Outer Worlds, Gears 5 and Age of Empires 2 DE.

Four games. One that is PC only and one that's multiplatform.

We were expecting to get Minecraft Dungeons, Battletoads and Ori and the Will of the Wisps in 2019 too. It does mean 2020 is going to be packed. With Psychonauts 2, Battletoads, Bleeding Edge, Minecraft Dungeons, Wasteland 3, Ori and whatever happens at the second half of the year (Besides Forza and Halo).
It looks like the final years of the WiiU when nintendo hid all its production until 2017, all this looks a strategy to me: they will have in 2020(aka the swing year)
a metroidvania
a 3d plattform
a 2.5 beat em up
an isometric rpg
a diablo like
a flight simulator
probably AeO3:DE.
If they can release all those before the console launch they could have a huge return in image, plus we still don't know if RAD from Double FIne and Gears tactics will release in 2019
Wasteland 3 going big !

This is in game (pré alpha) conversation system :



All NPC will get their facial animations and their voices also, cannot wait !
Brain doing budget magic as usually
Production values are already a big step up from Wasteland 2. Getting more and more excited about this game. Sleeper game of the year for fans of Western RPGs.
IMHO, more than production values, it's the wise artistic direction, because this looks way better than the last two AAA fallout's entries.
Fargo really learned how spent well money during those publisherless years
 

Theorry

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Oct 27, 2017
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Hmm "UK developers of Xbox game studios' have to offer"
The rest isnt that intresting. Just some gaming with celebs and some tours etc.
 

RedSparrows

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Feb 22, 2019
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It doesn't sound like a showcase for hardcore fans desperate for news. It sounds like a way of showing off a new store and some of the existing stuff MS offers.
 
Jun 4, 2019
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Just saw that video of Tim Schafer and Psychonauts 2, looking great! And I understood so well when the employees talked about how people from the media sit there, stonefaced during the demo and how great it is when you actually see some smiles and enthusiasm instead. Me, my bro and friends were like the latter when we still had our own website and went behind closed doors at many of these companies at Gamescom and when it was still called Game Convention.

Anywah, it's a 2020 game now, just 2020 and nothing concretr yet?
 

tanky

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Apr 2, 2019
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RAD and Pyschonauts 2 look good. I'm excited about the Double Fine acquisition far more than some of the prior pickups. That said, Xbox could use additional established AAA teams ready to produce high quality experiences.

A concern I have is that it takes time to build world class studios and simply being under the Xbox banner doesn't make that occur instantaneously let alone garuntee it. Getting to such a point could take years, several releases or even entire generations. The Iniative and Playground's unannounced projects are likely slated several years into Scarlett as well.

It's more waiting while we bide our time on smaller titles. For example, despite being tired of Gears, I can't help but get myself pumped for 5 given how starved we've been for beefy games of that ilk. I wish this investment into first-party came sooner.
 
Jun 4, 2019
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Wasteland 3 going big !

This is in game (pré alpha) conversation system :



All NPC will get their facial animations and their voices also, cannot wait !
That looks really damn good. Imagine if Fallout actually had NPCs looking like that with that kind of facial animation. This clip here really makes me want to see a third/first person RPG from inXile. It's a shame Wasteland 3 won't be for me. Combat wise it's exactly like the one that is on Xbox now, right? Turn based?
 

harSon

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Oct 30, 2017
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Who’s actually going to walk around with a large phone attached to a controller. And I doubt mobile net is good enough for steaming games.
A lot of people? You already have your cellphone on you, and I know quite a few people purchase controller mounts for their phone for Fortnite and PUGB already. And I would say modern 4G, and the future 5G, are more than fast enough to support the 720-1080P they're shooting for. And it's not like people aren't constantly around WIFI networks.
 

Samurai G0SU

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Nov 2, 2017
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Who’s actually going to walk around with a large phone attached to a controller. And I doubt mobile net is good enough for steaming games.
Easy case of not paying attention.

Xcloud will coincide with 5G, like Phil has mentioned when first talking about innovations with Xbox services.

These are examples, not the absolute and only way to use xcloud. But who actually puts their nose in the air and actually dislikes technology being shown off in it's infancy. Psh!!!! It's like asking who actually eats thin crust pizza vs pan deep dish pizza!? The audacity!!!!!!!
 
Jun 4, 2019
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RAD and Pyschonauts 2 look good. I'm excited about the Double Fine acquisition far more than some of the prior pickups. That said, Xbox could use additional established AAA teams ready to produce high quality experiences.

A concern I have is that it takes time to build world class studios and simply being under the Xbox banner doesn't make that occur instantaneously let alone garuntee it. Getting to such a point could take years, several releases or even entire generations. The Iniative and Playground's unannounced projects are likely slated several years into Scarlett as well.

It's more waiting while we bide our time on smaller titles. For example, despite being tired of Gears, I can't help but get myself pumped for 5 given how starved we've been for beefy games of that ilk. I wish this investment into first-party came sooner.
I feel dumb for this but what's RAD?

As for what you said, yeah it will take loads of time. I don't expect to see actual gameplay from Playground's new game next year, I would love to be surprised but I just doubt it. For The Initiative even more so, no way will we properly see their first game next year at E3.

I'm gonna curb my expectations for the show for sure. I can see Sony showing Ghost of Tsushima on PS5, because that one won't be out before PS5 launch, and I wouldn't be surprised if they show gameplay of Guerilla's new game. I expect once again to be blown away by visuals during the Sony show and I just don't know what I can realistically expect from the Xbox show when it comes to "eye melting" visuals except of course for Halo Infinite. I just want to stay realistic when it comes to that, these new studios can only do so much in little time.

I'm sure Forza will look great but FM is not my thing at all and I just would love to see brand new games blowing us away with their visuals and animation but I don't think we'll get that. But shit, I'd love to be 100% wrong here, let's wait and see.
 

darthpaxton

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Jun 20, 2018
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I feel dumb for this but what's RAD?

As for what you said, yeah it will take loads of time. I don't expect to see actual gameplay from Playground's new game next year, I would love to be surprised but I just doubt it. For The Initiative even more so, no way will we properly see their first game next year at E3.

I'm gonna curb my expectations for the show for sure. I can see Sony showing Ghost of Tsushima on PS5, because that one won't be out before PS5 launch, and I wouldn't be surprised if they show gameplay of Guerilla's new game. I expect once again to be blown away by visuals during the Sony show and I just don't know what I can realistically expect from the Xbox show when it comes to "eye melting" visuals except of course for Halo Infinite. I just want to stay realistic when it comes to that, these new studios can only do so much in little time.

I'm sure Forza will look great but FM is not my thing at all and I just would love to see brand new games blowing us away with their visuals and animation but I don't think we'll get that. But shit, I'd love to be 100% wrong here, let's wait and see.
 

GING-SAMA

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Jul 10, 2019
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That looks really damn good. Imagine if Fallout actually had NPCs looking like that with that kind of facial animation. This clip here really makes me want to see a third/first person RPG from inXile. It's a shame Wasteland 3 won't be for me. Combat wise it's exactly like the one that is on Xbox now, right? Turn based?

I think you have to try Wasteland 2, really great game.

I think the second team going to the Third/First person Dark Fantasy Action RPG. Inxile have grow a lot since the acquisition.

it would be nice if Wasteland turns into third/first person rpg but I hope the tactical aspect of combat and squad will always be important.
 

Paragraf

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May 31, 2019
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It's a shame first Pyschonauts is not available digitally in my country. I can't buy xbox/360 games using using pre paid cards since i sold my 360 long ago, vpn trick is not working and store refuses my credit card since. Is there still a way to buy games from other regions using CC?
 

OneBadMutha

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Nov 2, 2017
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Want to emphasize how great Indies on Game Pass are right now. Indie Pass going to matter a lot more when Xcloud is up and running. 60 FPS Indies are perfect for on the go. These will be tomorrow’s mobile games. AAA Game Pass games when at home. Indies on the go. RTS and strategy games streaming to laptop. One service to cover a bunch of games for multiple devices.
 

knightmawk

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Dec 12, 2018
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Who’s actually going to walk around with a large phone attached to a controller. And I doubt mobile net is good enough for steaming games.
The phone attached to the controller thing is likely only gonna be a problem for early adopters. Phone cradles with built in game pads on the side already exist for Switch like functionality on phones, I have one for my Pixel that connects over USB C, works for Minecraft. They're usually not great and there aren't a ton of them, but if this streaming stuff takes off, and it probably will, I guarantee you there will be a plethora of phone cases to turn phones in to controllers, of varying quality and officialness.
 

GING-SAMA

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Jul 10, 2019
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Game Pass need big MMO lite like Bordelands 3,Destiny, The division etc... The coalition can do big AAA Action/aventure live service because for now, no games has taken a monopoly on this market and the coalition is really talented, if they mix storytelling/action/adventure/competition and big live service content it can attract a very large audience.

Rare does a big job with Sea of thieves, one of my favorite games of the generation so far.
 

Raide

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Oct 31, 2017
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Game Pass need big MMO lite like Bordelands 3,Destiny, The division etc... The coalition can do big AAA Action/aventure live service because for now, no games has taken a monopoly on this market and the coalition is really talented, if they mix storytelling/action/adventure/competition and big live service content it can attract a very large audience.

Rare does a big job with Sea of thieves, one of my favorite games of the generation so far.
Probably never happening but with Destiny 2 going F2P, it would be a perfect game.
 

SuikerBrood

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Jan 21, 2018
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Game Pass need big MMO lite like Bordelands 3,Destiny, The division etc... The coalition can do big AAA Action/aventure live service because for now, no games has taken a monopoly on this market and the coalition is really talented, if they mix storytelling/action/adventure/competition and big live service content it can attract a very large audience.

Rare does a big job with Sea of thieves, one of my favorite games of the generation so far.
I'm fairly sure Halo Infinite will also fill that gap for next gen. You need a good mix of service games and blockbuster SP experiences.
 

GING-SAMA

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Jul 10, 2019
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I'm fairly sure Halo Infinite will also fill that gap for next gen. You need a good mix of service games and blockbuster SP experiences.
Yes, Halo infinite will be a monster.

And i think this halo will separate into 3 part :

-Campaign
-classic online (forge,arena etc...)
-live service mode powered by Playfab Azure (mix of spartan ops and warzone 2.0)

Look this : https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-backus-2860b51/

All have experience in MMO / MMOlite and are in important positions.
 

knightmawk

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Dec 12, 2018
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I think the announcemed game I'm most excited for is Minecraft Dungeons.

Like, yeah I'll play Outer Worlds, Halo, Gears, Psychonauts, all those campaigns at least once, and I won't be surprised if Halo and Gears push their way in to LAN parties in the future, but Dungeons is just such a simple, lovely concept.

I think back to the days of Diablo II where me and my friends would set up all our laptops and routers and stuff and start new characters and just play until people had to leave. It seems like that's exactly what Minecraft Dungeons is designed for.
 

christocolus

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Oct 27, 2017
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Yes, Halo infinite will be a monster.

And i think this halo will separate into 3 part :

-Campaign
-classic online (forge,arena etc...)
-live service mode powered by Playfab Azure (mix of spartan ops and warzone 2.0)

Look this : https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-backus-2860b51/

All have experience in MMO / MMOlite and are in important positions.
oh boy. interesting.