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What New Studio Are You Most Excited For?

The Initiative 6 25.00%
 
Undead Labs 0 0.00%
 
Playground Games 6 25.00%
 
Ninja Theory 5 20.83%
 
Compulsion Games 1 4.17%
 
InXile 1 4.17%
 
Obsidian 5 20.83%
 
Total:24
AngryLittleAlchemist said:
Ryuu96 said:

Playground's 2nd studio.

Ah okay. Then probably Playground is the one i'm most hyped for because they are probably gonna deliver an AAA new ip first.

Fable isn't a new IP though Playground is only working on Forza Horizon 5 (Studio #1) and Fable IV (Studio #2).

There was small talk that Playground could be working on 3 titles but I don't buy that at all, they just have a few extra support studios Imo.

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Ryuu96 said:
AngryLittleAlchemist said:

Ah okay. Then probably Playground is the one i'm most hyped for because they are probably gonna deliver an AAA new ip first.

Fable isn't a new IP though Playground is only working on Forza Horizon 5 (Studio #1) and Fable IV (Studio #2).

There was small talk that Playground could be working on 3 titles but I don't buy that at all, they just have a few extra support studios Imo.

OOOF. I meant new AAA game. my bad 

Since the rumors/general opinions seem to be that some of the other studios won't be working on AAA games for the time being I'm most excited for Playground. Basic bitch answer, I know  



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AngryLittleAlchemist said:
Ryuu96 said:

Fable isn't a new IP though Playground is only working on Forza Horizon 5 (Studio #1) and Fable IV (Studio #2).

There was small talk that Playground could be working on 3 titles but I don't buy that at all, they just have a few extra support studios Imo.

OOOF. I meant new AAA game. my bad 

Since the rumors/general opinions seem to be that some of the other studios won't be working on AAA games for the time being I'm most excited for Playground. Basic bitch answer, I know  

Haha, It's fine.

Yeah, It's either Playground or Ninja Theory. The Initiative are hiring incredibly slowly and call their game "AAAA" so I imagine that's going to be like 2023 at the earliest. Compulsion and InExile will likely remain AA for the time being, Obsidian are working on an AAA RPG right now but that will very likely be multi-platform, they have two teams but the bulk of their team will likely be on Take-Two's RPG.

That leaves Ninja Theory, Playground and Undead Labs. Playground started hiring for Fable in late 2017 but they're hiring slowly too, I could see Fable IV releasing 2021 at the earliest. Undead Labs could expand (Only 70ish employees right now) and make State of Decay 3 into a proper AAA title but they're focused on SoD2 DLC right now, plus they aren't the most efficient, they need to make big improvements to their technical staff. If I pitted Playground against Undead Labs in terms of efficiency, Playground would absolutely win easily every time Imo. 

Ninja Theory could beat Playground but it depends if you think their game will be AAA, Hellblade was labelled as AAA, took them 3 years to create it but with only 20 staff, they trademarked their next games title earlier this year or late last year (Can't remember) but I think they had like 100ish employees which 20ish were working on Hellblade so likely they're already in development of their next title whereas Playground seems to still be in pre-production.

So yeah, Ninja Theory could likely get an AAA console exclusive out before all the other studios.



Ryuu96 said:

Microsoft: Xbox Gaming Revenue Exceeded $10 Billion in Fiscal 2018

Microsoft CEO: We’re Investing Aggressively in Content, Community and Cloud Services for Gaming

https://sonyreconsidered.com/playstation-revenue-tops-nearly-18-billion-in-q1-fy2018-ea018e343185 Sony did 18 billion in Q1 alone. Shows how far behind MS is.



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Ryuu96 said:
AngryLittleAlchemist said:

OOOF. I meant new AAA game. my bad 

Since the rumors/general opinions seem to be that some of the other studios won't be working on AAA games for the time being I'm most excited for Playground. Basic bitch answer, I know  

Haha, It's fine.

Yeah, It's either Playground or Ninja Theory. The Initiative are hiring incredibly slowly and call their game "AAAA" so I imagine that's going to be like 2023 at the earliest. Compulsion and InExile will likely remain AA for the time being, Obsidian are working on an AAA RPG right now but that will very likely be multi-platform, they have two teams but the bulk of their team will likely be on Take-Two's RPG.

That leaves Ninja Theory, Playground and Undead Labs. Playground started hiring for Fable in late 2017 but they're hiring slowly too, I could see Fable IV releasing 2021 at the earliest. Undead Labs could expand (Only 70ish employees right now) and make State of Decay 3 into a proper AAA title but they're focused on SoD2 DLC right now, plus they aren't the most efficient, they need to make big improvements to their technical staff. If I pitted Playground against Undead Labs in terms of efficiency, Playground would absolutely win easily every time Imo. 

Ninja Theory could beat Playground but it depends if you think their game will be AAA, Hellblade was labelled as AAA, took them 3 years to create it but with only 20 staff, they trademarked their next games title earlier this year or late last year (Can't remember) but I think they had like 100ish employees which 20ish were working on Hellblade so likely they're already in development of their next title whereas Playground seems to still be in pre-production.

So yeah, Ninja Theory could likely get an AAA console exclusive out before all the other studios.

I guess that's true but I wouldn't call Hellblade AAA, and in fact I've never heard someone say it was an AAA game ... maybe an AA game that looked AAA. But the problem with Hellblade was that it was very apparent that the reason it looked triple A is because they used 99% of their budget for the looks and not the content, because the actual content was minimal, short, and had a lot of padding. 

I guess Ninja Theory being the next one to make a triple A game is probably true if their staff has increased 5x. At the same time though, it will probably be a smaller triple A release. 



Voted Ninja since I have been a fan of theirs since Enslaved, they are my favorite pickup thus far.

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jason1637 said:
Ryuu96 said:

Microsoft: Xbox Gaming Revenue Exceeded $10 Billion in Fiscal 2018

Microsoft CEO: We’re Investing Aggressively in Content, Community and Cloud Services for Gaming

https://sonyreconsidered.com/playstation-revenue-tops-nearly-18-billion-in-q1-fy2018-ea018e343185 Sony did 18 billion in Q1 alone. Shows how far behind MS is.

It was 4.2 billion and not 18 billion. That was Sony's whole revenue for the quarter and the guy was just not able to write a correct headline. Sony's gaming division is maybe twice as big as MS's but not like 8x as big.



crissindahouse said:
jason1637 said:

https://sonyreconsidered.com/playstation-revenue-tops-nearly-18-billion-in-q1-fy2018-ea018e343185 Sony did 18 billion in Q1 alone. Shows how far behind MS is.

It was 4.2 billion and not 18 billion. That was Sony's whole revenue for the quarter and the guy was just not able to write a correct headline. Sony's gaming division is maybe twice as big as MS's but not like 8x as big.

You are right, Even then It's not even twice as big. Comparing the same time frames:

Sony's Game & Network Services division:

4.2 in Q1 FY19
3.9 in Q4 FY18
6.3 in Q3 FY18
3.8 in Q2 FY18
_________
18.2


Microsoft's Gaming division:

2.3 in Q4 FY18
2.3 in Q3 FY18
3.9 in Q2 FY18
1.9 in Q1 FY18
_________
10.4