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OpenCritic Prediction - Ori and the Will of the Wisps

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51 - 55 0 $0.00 0.00%
56 - 60 0 $0.00 0.00%
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86 - 90 5 $969.00 35.71%
91 or Over 9 $2,621.72 64.29%
Totals: 14 $3,590.72  
Game closed: 03/08/2020

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.

More Details About Xbox Series X

What You Can Expect From the Next Generation of Gaming

Ninja Theory Announces Project: Mara

Release Date: 2020.

About: The Battletoads are back! Rash, Zitz and Pimple are returning to steal the spotlight as they smash, stomp and drill their way through an all-new action-packed adventure of choreographed chaos. Couch co-op may never be the same again, as this new “Battletoads” provides an epic brawl through exciting challenges and hordes of enemies.

Media: Announcement Trailer | Gameplay Trailer

Release Date: Spring 2020 (Early Access), 2021 (Full Release).

About: Grounded provides a mix of environmental and narrative driven story telling. Set in a versatile, handcrafted sandbox structure it allows players to create their own experience from the ground up. Tasks that may seem approachable when human-sized become a challenge in this dangerous backyard landscape. This familiar yet fantastical world can be navigated solo or in four-person co-operative multiplayer, where players work together to complete missions or explore the intricately detailed world.

Media: Announcement Trailer

Release Date: Summer 2020.

About: Set in small-town Alaska, Tell Me Why places you at the heart of a mystery in an intimate, true-to-life story where twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan use their extraordinary bond to unravel memories of a loving but troubled childhood. The story of Tell Me Why is comprised of three chapters that will release on a clear and predictable schedule.

Media: Announcement Trailer

Release Date: Holiday 2020.

About: Halo Infinite is an upcoming first-person shooter being developed by 343 Industries and published by Xbox Game Studios for Xbox One & Windows PC. It serves as a sequel to Halo 5: Guardians and is the third chapter in the Reclaimer Saga being described as a spiritual reboot for the franchise built upon 343 Industries new Slipspace Engine. The story will focus on Master Chief and continue his story leading the Halo franchise into new and unexpected directions.

Media: Announcement Trailer | Discover Hope

Release Date: TBA.

About: The Everwild team is focused on building an experience that allows for new ways to play in a natural and magical world. The development team, led by Executive Producer Louise O’Connor, is creating something truly original and incredibly special that aims to be more than just a new IP. Everwild will give you memorable, engaging and meaningful experiences for players everywhere to share.

Media: Announcement Trailer

Release Date: TBA.

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

Media: Announcement Trailer

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Release Date: 2020.

About: Microsoft Flight Simulator is the next generation of one of the most beloved simulation franchises. From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and stunning aircraft in an incredibly realistic world. Create your flight plan and fly anywhere on the planet. Enjoy flying day or night and face realistic, challenging weather conditions.

Media: Announcement Trailer | Gameplay Trailer

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: August 28th, 2020.

About: More than a century after the bombs, Arizona is dying. The Patriarch of Colorado has promised to save it if the Desert Rangers can rescue his land from his three bloodthirsty children. In this tactical RPG the Rangers must travel North to build a new base, equip a vehicle, train recruits, explore Colorado's hostile frozen wastes, meet the locals—and decide which ones to help.

Media: E3 2019 Trailer | Gamescom Trailer | X019 Trailer

Release Date: 2020.

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

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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  
15 - 17 12 - 15  
21 - 24 19 - 22  
28 - 30 26 - 29  

July August September

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?

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: 500+

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: Unknown

Staff: 300+

Upcoming Projects
Gears of War 6 (Expected)

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

Key People: Darrell Gallagher (Studio Head)

Staff: 40+

Upcoming Projects
AAA IP (Speculated Perfect Dark)

Previous Notable Releases

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

Staff: 130+

Upcoming Projects
Forza Motorsport 8 - TBA

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: 220+

Upcoming Projects
Forza Horizon 5 (Expected)
AAA Open World RPG (Rumoured Fable) [1]

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: 240+

Upcoming Projects
Everwild - TBA
Battletoads - 2020

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

Key People: Feargus Urquhart (Studio Head)

Staff: 205

Upcoming Projects
Grounded - 2021 (Full Release)
Unannounced AAA RPG [1] [2]
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: ~100

Upcoming Projects
Wasteland 3 - August 28th
Unannounced AAA RPG [1]

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: 120

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

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: ~90

Upcoming Projects
State of Decay 3 - TBA

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: 460+

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

Previous Notable Releases
Minecraft - (93 MC)

Key People: Guillaume Provost (Studio Head)

Staff: 50

Upcoming Projects
Unannounced Project #1

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

Key People: Tim Schafer (Studio Head)

Staff: 70

Upcoming Projects
Psychonauts 2 - 2020

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 - TBA
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - TBA
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 - 2020
Tell Me Why - Summer 2020
Several Unannounced Projects [1]

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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