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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 Club Nintendo & PlayStation Nation will serve as a hub to discuss all things related to its respective platform (Xbox).


Post #1 - Recent News & Upcoming XGS Console Exclusives.
Post #2 - Upcoming XGS PC Exclusives, Multiplatforms & Ongoing Support.
Post #3 - Complete Yearly Release Schedule
Post #4 - Community IDs, Polls & Bets.
Post #5 - Xbox Game Studios Projects & Rumours.

Xbox E3 2021 Recap


A First Look at Halo Infinite Free-to-Play Multiplayer Gameplay
Immerse Yourself in Mexico in Forza Horizon 5 and Experience Our Largest, Most Diverse Open World Ever
Obsidian Announces The Outer Worlds 2
Redfall Revealed, Coming Exclusively to Xbox Series X|S
Xbox and Avalanche Studios Announces Its Next New Exclusive IP: Contraband
Starfield Arrives Exclusively on Xbox Series X|S and PC on November 11th, 2022
Microsoft Flight Simulator Lands on Xbox Series X|S and with Xbox Game Pass on July 27
Age of Empires IV Launching October 28 on PC with Xbox Game Pass
Get Psyched! Psychonauts 2 Launches August 25, Play it on Day One with Xbox Game Pass


Release Date: 2021.

Genre: Survival Adventure.

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.

Genre: Interactive Drama

About: As Dusk Falls is an original interactive drama from INTERIOR/NIGHT that explores the entangled lives of two families across thirty years in small town Arizona. Starting with a robbery-gone-wrong in 1999, the choices you make will have a powerful impact on the characters’ lives in this epic story of betrayal, sacrifice and resilience.

Media: Announcement Trailer 

Release Date: Fall 2021.

Genre: First-Person Shooter.

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: TBA.

Genre: Racing.

About: Automotive entertainment re-imagined for a new generation.

Media: Announcement Trailer 

Release Date: TBA.

Genre: Horror.

About: Project: MARA will be a real-world and grounded representation of mental terror, based on real lived experience accounts and in-depth research with the aim of recreating the horrors of the mind as accurately and realistically as possible.

Media: Teaser Trailer

Release Date: TBA.

Genre: Action/Adventure.

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

Media: Announcement Trailer

Release Date: TBA.

Genre: First-Person RPG.

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.

Genre: Action/Adventure, First-Person Shooter.

About: A secret agent thriller set in a near-future world.

Media: Announcement Trailer

Release Date: TBA.

Genre: Adventure.

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 | Eternals Trailer

Release Date: TBA.

Genre: Action RPG.

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

Media: Announce Trailer 

Release Date: TBA.

Genre: Survival Horror.

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.

Genre: RTS.

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.

Genre: Platformer.

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 | Brain in a Jar Trailer

Release Date: TBA

Genre: RPG.

About: Discover Starfield, the new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios. Starfield is the first new franchise in twenty-five years from the acclaimed developers of The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series.

Media: Announcement Teaser 

Release Date: TBA

Genre: ARPG.

About: Currently in pre-production at Bethesda Game Studios, the acclaimed developers of Skyrim and Fallout 4. The highly-anticipated next chapter in the iconic The Elder Scrolls series.

Media: Announcement Teaser

Genre: MMORPG.

About: Go anywhere, do anything, and play your way in The Elder Scrolls Online, the award-winning online RPG set in the Elder Scrolls universe.

Media: Morrowind Expansion | Summerset Expansion | Elsweyr Expansion | Greymoor Expansion 

Genre: Online RPG.

About: Reclamation Day, 2102. Twenty-five years after the bombs fall, you and your fellow Vault Dwellers – chosen from the nation's best and brightest -emerge into post-nuclear America. Other humans are now returning and it’s up to you to distinguish friend versus foe. Play solo or join together as you explore, quest, build and triumph against the wasteland's greatest threats.

Media: Wastelanders Expansion | Steel Dawn Expansion

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

January February March
  03 - 05 02 - 05
  09 - 12 08 - 12
  17 - 19 16 - 19
  23 - 26 23 - 26

April May June
01 - 02 03 - 07  
06 - 09 10 - 14  
13 - 16 17 - 21  
20 - 23 24 - 28  
26 - 30    

July August September

October November December

Full Release Schedule

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Xbox Empire Polls

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Xbox Empire Bets

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Xbox Empire Game of the Year Awards

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Xbox Empire: GOTY 2019 Results Xbox Empire: GOTY 2020 Results
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Led by Matt Booty

Location: Washington.

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

Size: 587

Upcoming Projects
Halo Infinite (Fall 2021)

Location: Vancouver.

Key Staff: Mike Crump (Studio Head) Chuck Osieja (Creative Director)

Size: 170

Upcoming Projects
Gears of War 6

Location: California.

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

Size: 70

Upcoming Projects
Perfect Dark

Location: Washington.

Key Staff: Alan Hartman (Studio Head) Dan Greenwalt (Creative Director)

Size: 156

Upcoming Projects
Forza Motorsport

Location: Leamington Spa St Albans.

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

Size: 279

Upcoming Projects
Forza Horizon 5

Location: Leicestershire.

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

Size: 252

Upcoming Projects

Location: California.

Key Staff: Feargus Urquhart (Studio Head) Tim Cain (Director) Leonard Boyarsky (Director) Josh Sawyer (Director)

Size: 229

Upcoming Projects
Josh Sawyer Team IP (1)

Location: California Louisiana.

Key Staff: Brian Fargo (Studio Head) Kevin Saunders (Director) David Rogers (Creative Director)

Size: 102

Upcoming Projects
AAA FPS RPG (1)(2)

Location: Cambridge.

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

Size: 150 (Source)

Upcoming Projects
Senua's Saga: Hellblade II
Project Mara

Location: Washington.

Key Staff: Jeff Strain (Studio Head) Philip Holt (Studio Head)

Size: 96

Upcoming Projects
State of Decay 3

Location: California.

Key Staff: Tim Schafer (Studio Head) Zak McClendon (Designer)

Size: 77

Upcoming Projects
Psychonauts 2 (2021)

Location: Montreal.

Key Staff: Guillaume Provost (Studio Head) 

Size: 62

Upcoming Projects
New IP

Location: Stockholm.

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

Size: 571

Upcoming Projects
Unannounced Projects (1)(2)

Location: Washington.

Key Staff: Shannon Loftis (Studio Head)

Size: ~40

Upcoming Projects
Age of Empires IV
Unannounced Titles (1)

Location: Washington.

Key Staff: Peter Wyse (General Manager)

Size: ~100

Upcoming Projects
Flight Simulator (X/S Port) - Summer 2021
As Dusk Falls - 2021
Crossfire X - 2021

Led by Pete Hines

Location: Maryland Austin Dallas Montreal.

Key Staff: Ashley Cheng (Studio Head) Todd Howard (Game Director) Chris Mayer (Development Director)

Size: 368

Upcoming Projects
The Elder Scrolls VI

Location: Baltimore.

Key Staff: Matt Firor (President) Rich Lambert (Creative Director)

Size: 391

Upcoming Projects
AAA New IP (1)

Location: Dallas Frankfurt.

Key Staff: Marty Stratton (Studio Director) Hugo Martin (Game Director)

Size: 272

Upcoming Projects

Location: Uppsala.

Key Staff: Jerk Gustafsson (Game Director) Jens Matthies (Creative Director)

Size: 125

Upcoming Projects
Wolfenstein III
Indiana Jones

Location: Lyon Austin.

Key Staff: Romuald Capron (Studio Director) Harvey Smith (Studio Director)

Size: 250

Upcoming Projects
Deathloop (May 21st, 2021)
Unannounced IP (1)
Unannounced AAA IP (1)

Location: Tokyo.

Key Staff: Shinji Mikami (Founder) Hidetoshi Yokota (Studio Director) Kenji Kimura (Game Director)

Size: ~100

Upcoming Projects
Ghostwire: Tokyo (2021) 



Location: Madison.

Key Staff: Chris Rhinehart (Creative Director)

Size: ~23

Upcoming Projects

Location: Halifax.

Key Staff: Shawn Woods (Studio Director) Jeff Cameron (Studio Director)

Size: 14

Upcoming Projects


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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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