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Welcome to the new Xbox Empire! New Thread for a New Gen!

Successor to the previous Xbox Empire under myself which ended its run at 28,061 posts, formerly known as "Republic of Xbox" and ran by Shikamaru317 until he transferred it over to me, also a successor to the original Xbox Empire ran by Jaywood2010 which ended its run at 84,551 posts.

This thread like Nintendominion & Playstation Nation will serve as a hub to discuss all things related to Xbox.

Thread Contents

Post 1 - Recent News & Upcoming XGS Console Exclusives.
Post 2 - Upcoming XGS PC Exclusives & XGS Multiplatform.
Post 3 - Complete Release Schedule.
Post 4 - Community IDs & Polls.
Post 5 - Xbox Game Studios & Projects/Rumours.

Xbox Games Showcase Recap


Fable Announced
Obsidian RPG 'Avowed' Announced
State of Decay 3 Announced
Forza Motorsport Announced
As Dusk Falls Announced


Release Date: Holiday 2020.

About: When all hope is lost and humanity’s fate hangs in the balance, the Master Chief is ready to confront the most ruthless foe he’s ever faced. Begin anew and step inside the armour of humanity’s greatest hero to experience an epic adventure and finally explore the scale of the Halo ring itself.

Media: Announcement Trailer | Discover Hope | Gameplay Reveal Trailer

Release Date: July 28th, 2020 (Early Access), 2021 (Full Release).

About: The world is a vast, beautiful and dangerous place – especially when you have been shrunk to the size of an ant. Explore, build and survive together in this cooperative survival adventure. Can you thrive alongside the hordes of giant insects, fighting to survive the perils of the backyard?

Media: Announcement Trailer | Story Trailer | Launch Trailer 

Release Date: TBA.

About: Inspired by the beauty of the natural world around us, Everwild is a brand-new game in development from Rare where unique and unforgettable experiences await in a natural and magical world. Play as an Eternal as you explore and build bonds with the world around you.

Media: Announcement Trailer

Release Date: TBA.

About: Currently early in development, Forza Motorsport will run at 4K, 60 frames per second with scenes connected and dynamic. Ray tracing is coming to ForzaTech, creating a dynamic world where everything is connected – from surfaces of cars reflecting off each other, brilliant red paint reflected off of detailed track surfaces and light and shadow interplay. 

Media: Announcement Trailer 

Release Date: TBA.

About: Obsidian Entertainment is proud to present our next epic, first-person RPG set in the fantasy world of Eora.

Media: Reveal Trailer 

Release Date: TBA.

About: Senua's Saga: Hellblade II - the next entry in the Hellblade franchise from developer Ninja Theory.

Media: Announcement Trailer

Release Date: TBA

About: A new beginning for the legendary franchise. Explore a land of fantastical creatures and wondrous places.

Media: Announce Trailer 

Release Date: TBA.

About: The next evolution in State of Decay is currently in development, bringing fans the new ultimate in zombie survival simulation.

Media: Announce Trailer 

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Release Date: TBA.

About: It's time to battle through history once more in the latest entry of the landmark Age of Empires franchise, set in the medieval era with the English and Mongols as playable factions.

Media: Announcement Trailer | Gameplay Trailer

Release Date: 2021.

About: Razputin Aquato, trained acrobat and powerful young psychic, has realized his life long dream of joining the international psychic espionage organization known as the Psychonauts! But these psychic super spies are in trouble. Their leader hasn't been the same since he was kidnapped, and what's worse, there's a mole hiding in headquarters. Raz must use his powers to stop the mole before they execute their secret plan--to bring the murderous psychic villain, Maligula, back from the dead!

Media: First Trailer | Gameplay Trailer | Gameplay Music Trailer

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"Next Week on Xbox" Articles When Available; All US Dates; Exact Release Dates Only.

January February March
08 - 10 04 - 07 03 - 06
15 - 17 11 - 14 11 - 13
21 - 24 18 - 21 17 - 20
27 - 31 25 - 28 24 - 27

April May June
01 - 03 01 - 01 02 - 05
07 - 10 05 - 08 16 - 19
15 - 17 12 - 15 23 - 26
21 - 24 19 - 22 30 - 30
28 - 30 26 - 29  

July August September
01 - 03 04 - 07 08 - 11
07 - 10 10 - 14 15 - 18
13 - 17 18 - 21 22 - 25
21 - 24
28 - 31

October November December

Full Release Schedule

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What Do You Think of the Xbox Series X's Design Now? What Do You Think of the Xbox Series X's Name Now? Does It Bother/Concern You That Series X Won't Have 'Exclusives' in the First 1-2 Years? With Sony Skipping E3 Again, Do You Think Microsoft Should Also Skip E3 in Favour of Their Own Event?
Prediction: How Many New XGS/XGP Titles Will Series X Launch With?
What Japanese IP Do You Most Want to See Ported Next?
What Announcement/Release Schedules Do You Prefer?
When Will Microsoft Fully Reveal Series X and Lockhart?
Prediction: How Many Studios Will Microsoft Add in 2020?
Favourite Gears of War?
Favourite Halo?
Favourite Fable?
Favourite Major Xbox IP? If You Had the Power, Which Studio Would You Bring Back? If Microsoft Worked With Mistwalker Again, What Would You Prefer? Battle Royale in Halo Infinite?
What Rumoured Reboot Are You Most Looking Forward To? Banjo vs Conker
What 4K TV Brand Do You Have?
Which Studio Are You Most Excited to See Utilise Unreal Engine 5?
Suggested Poll: 343 Aside, Which Studio Are You Most Looking Forward to Seeing at the July Event?
Poll Suggestion: What Would You Prefer?
Do You Plan on Using xCloud?
If You Could Have Any Publisher / Game Pass Partnership, Which Publisher Would You Want Most?
Which Genre Do You Prefer?
What Are You Most Looking Forward to in Regards to Series X|S

Xbox Empire: GOTY 2015 Results Xbox Empire: GOTY 2016 Results Xbox Empire: GOTY 2017 Results Xbox Empire: GOTY 2018 Results
Xbox Empire: GOTY 2019 Results

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Key People: Bonnie Ross (Studio Head), Frank O'Connor (Franchise Director)

Staff: 589

Upcoming Projects
Halo Infinite - Holiday 2020

Previous Notable Releases
Halo 5: Guardians - (84 MC)
Halo: The MCC - (85 MC)
Halo 4 - (87 MC)

Key People: Mike Crump (Studio Head)

Staff: 144

Upcoming Projects
Gears Tactics (SX Port) - Holiday 2020
Gears of War 6 (Expected)

Previous Notable Releases
Gears Tactics - (81 MC)
Gears of War 5 - (84 MC)
Gears of War 4 - (84 MC)

Key People: Darrell Gallagher (Studio Head), Drew Murray (Design Director)

Staff: 46

Upcoming Projects
AAA IP (Speculated Perfect Dark)

Previous Notable Releases

Key People: Alan Hartman (Studio Head), Dan Greenawalt (Creative Director)

Staff: 148

Upcoming Projects
Forza Motorsport - TBD

Previous Notable Releases
Forza Motorsport 7 - (86 MC)
Forza Motorsport 6 - (87 MC)
Forza Motorsport 5 - (79 MC)

Key People: Gavin Raeburn (Studio Head), Ralph Fulton (Creative Director)

Staff: 251

Upcoming Projects
Forza Horizon 5 (Expected)
Fable - TBD

Previous Notable Releases
Forza Horizon 4 - (92 MC)
Forza Horizon 3 - (91 MC)
Forza Horizon 2 - (86 MC)

Key People: Craig Duncan (Studio Head), Gregg Mayles (Creative Director)

Staff: 248

Upcoming Projects
Everwild - TBD

Previous Notable Releases
Sea of Thieves (69 MC)
Rare Replay (84 MC)
Viva Pinata (84 MC)

Key People: Feargus Urquhart (Studio Head)

Staff: 214

Upcoming Projects
Grounded - 2021 (Full Release)
Avowed - TBD
Josh Sawyer Team's IP [1]

Previous Notable Releases
The Outer Worlds - (85 MC)
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - (88 MC)
South Park: The Stick of Truth - (85 MC)

Key People: Brian Fargo (Studio Head)

Staff: 101

Upcoming Projects
Unannounced AAA RPG [1] [2]

Previous Notable Releases
Torment: Tides of Numenera - (81 MC)
Wasteland 2 - (81 MC)
The Bard's Tale - (75 MC)

Key People: Nina Kristensen (Studio Head), Tameem Antoniades (Creative Director), Dom Matthews (Studio Head)

Staff: 111

Upcoming Projects
Senua's Saga: Hellblade II - TBD
Project Mara - TBD

Previous Notable Releases
Bleeding Edge - (67 MC)
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice - (81 MC)
DmC: Devil May Cry - (85 MC)

Key People: Jeff Strain (Studio Head), Philip Holt (Studio Head)

Staff: 86

Upcoming Projects
State of Decay 3 - TBD

Previous Notable Releases
State of Decay 2 - (66 MC)
State of Decay - (78 MC)

Key People: Helen Chiang (Studio Head), Jens Bergensten (Chief Creative Officer)

Staff: 490

Upcoming Projects
Minecraft Earth - TBD
Unannounced Project #1 [1]
Unannounced Project #2 [1]

Previous Notable Releases
Minecraft - (93 MC)

Key People: Guillaume Provost (Studio Head)

Staff: 55

Upcoming Projects
Unannounced Project #1

Previous Notable Releases
We Happy Few - (62 MC)
Contrast - (59 MC)

Key People: Tim Schafer (Studio Head)

Staff: 75

Upcoming Projects
Psychonauts 2 - 2021

Previous Notable Releases
Broken Age - (81 MC)
Brutal Legend - (82 MC)
Psychonauts - (88 MC)

Key People: Shannon Loftis (Studio Head)

Staff: ~40

Upcoming Projects
Age of Empires IV - TBD
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - TBD
Unannounced Titles [1]

Previous Notable Releases
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - (84 MC)

Key People: Peter Wyse (General Manager)

Staff: ~100

Upcoming Projects
Flight Simulator (SX Port) - TBA
Tell Me Why - August 27th, 2020
CrossfireX - 2020
As Dusk Falls - TBD

Previous Notable Releases
Ori and the Will of the Wisps - (90 MC)

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Happy New Year/New Decade Xbots, Thread Open!

Context: In case it comes up, why the new thread? A few months back I had the idea of recreating Xbox Empire in a new thread to align with the start of the new generation, a fresh start for Xbox Empire while also putting behind ourselves the negative aspects of Gen 8 (There were a lot).

We had decided as a thread we would open it once Series X (Anaconda at the time) was revealed, which ended up getting revealed earlier than expect so instead I just decided to wait until the new year, cause what better time?

Future of Xbox is looking great and hopefully we'll build up a lot of hype in the run up to Series X launch, hopefully a much more positive and optimistic Empire this time around.

Credit to @OTBWY for the title banner! Don't forget to use the 'Subscribe to Thread' button at the top to keep track of the thread. The 'Shortcuts' for anything useful I may pin inside. Also if you want, as I'm restarting the Gamertag section, stick your Gamertags in the bottom of your comments for me to add.

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Happy 2020! Great work @Ryuu96 for getting this new Xbox Empire thread live as the current generation winds down and the next one is now less than a year away. Great job @OTBWY on the new banner. I might have to hit you up for a banner or two for the sales articles I do, if you'd be interested. 

2020 is looking like a great year for Xbox Game Studios, with so many new releases. 

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Damn what a pretty thread :o

Nice work Ryuu and OTBWY

Thanks lads. Excited for the upcoming gen of Xbox. Keep the hype going!

trunkswd said:

Happy 2020! Great work @Ryuu96 for getting this new Xbox Empire thread live as the current generation winds down and the next one is now less than a year away. Great job @OTBWY on the new banner. I might have to hit you up for a banner or two for the sales articles I do, if you'd be interested. 

2020 is looking like a great year for Xbox Game Studios, with so many new releases. 

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