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Welcome to the new Xbox Empire! Version 4.0!

Previous iterations of this thread include Xbox Empire 3.0 under me which had over 30,000 comments before the comment nuking of 2022. Xbox Empire 2.0 which was formerly known as "Republic of Xbox" and ran by Shikamaru317 before handing it over to me, it ended its run at 28,061 posts. Finally, the original Xbox Empire ran by Jaywood2010 which ended its run at 84,551 posts.

This thread like Club NintendoPlayStation Nation and Carzy Zarx's PC Gaming Emporium will serve as a hub to discuss all things related to its respective platform (Xbox) and a community for all sorts of Xbox fans whether you play on Xbox, PC, Mobile, xCloud, etc. Wherever you play, I hope you enjoy your time in this thread and we can create a real community.


Post #1 - Upcoming Xbox Game Studios Projects.
Post #2 - Upcoming Bethesda Softworks Projects.
Post #3 - Reserved.

Post #4 - Xbox Game Studios.
Post #5 - Bethesda Softworks.
Post #6 - Reserved.

Posts #7 - Extra: Films & TV Projects, Polls & Bets.

*Store Pages Hyperlinked in Images; Includes Media/Trailers.

Release Date: October 10th, 2023

About: Out-build the competition in the all-new career. Race your friends in multiplayer. Compete in 500+ cars on world-famous tracks with cutting edge AI and advanced physics.

Release Date: 2023 (PC Only).

About: Build a nation and lead your people throughout history to the pinnacles of human achievement as you explore new lands, develop arts and culture, conduct diplomacy, and go head-to-head with your rivals to prove you are the greatest ruler ever known.

Release Date: 2024

About: Pursue your dream of an aviation career with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024. This brand-new simulator is designed to take advantage of the latest technologies in simulation, cloud, machine learning, graphics and gaming to create the most sophisticated, immersive and awe-inspiring flight simulator of all time.

Release Date: 2024

About: Can you become the Ace humanity needs to survive? Find out in Towerborne, the newest action-adventure game created by Stoic, the studio that brought you the award-winning Banner Saga trilogy.

Release Date: 2024

About: The sequel to the award winning Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Senua returns in a brutal journey of survival through the myth and torment of Viking Iceland. Intent on saving those who have fallen victim to the horrors of tyranny, Senua faces a battle of overcoming the darkness within and without.

Release Date: 2024

About: Welcome to the Living Lands, a mysterious island filled with adventure and danger. You are the envoy of Aedyr sent to investigate rumors of a spreading plague. While there, you discover a personal connection to the region itself and an ancient secret that threatens to destroy everything. Can you save the island and your soul from the forces threatening to tear them apart?

Release Date: TBA (PC Only)

About: Bringing the Definitive Edition treatment to Age of Mythology, the game will feature beautiful graphics, updated gameplay and more.

Release Date: TBA.

About: Welcome to Contraband, a co-op smuggler’s paradise set in the fictional world of 1970s Bayan. Aka you steal shit.

Release Date: TBA.

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.

Release Date: TBA.

About: What does it mean to be a Hero? Well, in the fairytale land of Albion, that is entirely up to you. With a dark threat looming, and in a world where your reputation precedes you, your choices will change Albion forever.

Release Date: TBA.

About: Unique and unforgettable experiences await in a natural and magical world. Whatever that means because we still don't know anything about it.

Release Date: TBA.

About: A fantastical and macabre third-person action-adventure set in the American Deep South.

Release Date: TBA.

About: New solar system, new crew, same outer worlds.

Release Date: TBA.

About: Sequel to State of Decay 2, I have no other information! Zombies might bite you.

Release Date: TBA.

About: A secret agent thriller set in a near-future world. We're perfectly dark on information about the game.

Release Date: TBA

About:A rich steampunk first-person RPG set in the vibrant metropolis of Avalon, with deep and nuanced player choice.

Release Date: TBA

About: Directed by Hideo Kojima, Produced by Hideo Kojima, Written by Hideo Kojima, Designed by Hideo Kojima, Composed by Hideo Kojima, Videogame by Hideo Kojima.

Full Release Schedule (Including 3rd Party)

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*Store Pages Hyperlinked in Images; Includes Media/Trailers.

Release Date: TBA.

About: The standalone adventure starring the legendary archaeologist will tell a wholly original tale set at the height of the career of the famed adventurer.

Release Date: TBA.

About: "By Azura, by Azura, by Azura! It's the Grand Champion! I can't believe it's you! Standing here! Next to me!"

Full Release Schedule (Including 3rd Party)

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Head of Xbox Game Studios: Matt Booty.

Headquarters: Redmond, Washington.

Employees: 423

Studio Head: Pierre Hintze.

Projects & Rumours
Halo Infinite (Ongoing).
Halo Infinite: Tatanka (Rumour).

Headquarters: Vancouver, Canada.

Employees: 191

Studio Head: Mike Crump.
Director: Matt Searcy.

Projects & Rumours
Gears of War 6.

Headquarters: Santa Monica, California.

Employees: 47

Studio Head: Darrell Gallagher.

Projects & Rumours
Perfect Dark.

Headquarters: Redmond, Washington

Employees: 208

Studio Head: Alan Hartman
Director: Dan Greenawalt

Projects & Rumours
Forza Motorsport

Headquarters: Leamington Spa, England

Employees: 386

Studio Head: Trevor Williams
Director: Ralph Fulton

Projects & Rumours

Headquarters: Twycross, England

Employees: 288

Studio Head: Craig Duncan
Directors: Gregg Mayles, Mike Chapman

Projects & Rumours
Sea of Thieves (Ongoing)

Headquarters: Irvine, California

Employees: 274

Studio Head: Feargus Urquhart
Directors: Carrie Patel, Brandon Adler, Leonard Boyarsky, Adam Brennecke, Josh Sawyer

Projects & Rumours
The Outer Worlds 2
Grounded (Ongoing)

Headquarters: Tustin, California

Employees: 121

Studio Head: Brian Fargo
Director: Chad Moore

Projects & Rumours
Clockwork Revolution

Headquarters: Cambridge, England

Employees: 140

Studio Head: Dom Matthews
Director: Tameem Antoniades

Projects & Rumours
Senua's Saga: Hellblade II
Project Mara

Headquarters: Seattle, Washington

Employees: 122

Studio Head: Phillip Holt
Director: Kevin Patzelt

Projects & Rumours
State of Decay 3
State of Decay 2 (Ongoing)

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Employees: 82

Studio Head: Tim Schafer

Projects & Rumours
Multiple New Projects (Source)

Headquarters: Montreal, Canada

Employees: 90

Studio Head: Guillaume Provost
Director: David Sears

Projects & Rumours
South of Midnight

Headquarters: Stockholm, Sweden

Employees: 994

Studio Head: Helen Chiang
Director: Agnes Larsson

Projects & Rumours
Minecraft (Ongoing)
Minecraft Legends (Ongoing)
Minecraft Spinoff (Source)

Headquarters: Redmond, Washington

Employees: 40+

Studio Head: Michael Mann
Director: Adam Isgreen

Projects & Rumours
Age of Empires IV (Ongoing)
Age of Mythology Retold
Unannounced Titles (Source)

Headquarters: Redmond, Washington

Employees: 203

Studio Head: Peter Wyse

Directors: Ken Lobb, Clayton Kauzlaric

Projects & Rumours
Ara: History Untold (Oxide Games)
Towerborne (Stoic Studio)
Contraband (Avalanche Studios)
Untitled (Kojima Productions)
Untitled (People Can Fly)

Project Shaolin (Rumour)
Project Suerte (Rumour)

*Employees According to Linkedin.

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Senior Vice President of Development: Todd Vaughn
Director of Publishing Operations: James Altman

Headquarters: Rockville, Maryland.

Employees: 476

Studio Head: Ashley Cheng
Director: Todd Howard

Projects & Rumours
The Elder Scrolls VI

Headquarters: Hunt Valley, Maryland

Employees: 565

Studio Head: Matt Firor
Directors: Rich Lambert, Ben Jones

Projects & Rumours
The Elder Scrolls Online (Ongoing)
AAA New IP (Source)

Headquarters: Richardson, Texas

Employees: 296

Studio Head: Marty Stratton
Director: Hugo Martin

Projects & Rumours

Headquarters: Uppsala, Sweden

Employees: 154

Director: Axel Torvenius

Projects & Rumours
Indiana Jones
Unannounced Project (Source)

Headquarters: Lyon, France and Austin, Texas

Employees: 278

Studio Heads/Directors: Dinga Bakaba (France), Harvey Smith (Texas)

Projects & Rumours

Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan

Employees: 100+

Directors: Kenji Kimura, John Johanas

Projects & Rumours

Headquarters: Madison, Wisconsin

Employees: Unknown

Director: Chris Rhinehart

Projects & Rumours

Headquarters: Halifax, Canada

Employees: 27

Studio Heads/Directors: Shawn Woods, Jeff Cameron

Projects & Rumours

*Employees According to Linkedin.

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Films & TV

Halo - Live Action TV Show

Paramount Plus

Active - Season 2: TBD

Fallout - Live Action TV Show

Amazon Prime

In Production

Minecraft - Live Action Film

Warner Bros

In Production

Grounded - Animated TV Show

Unknown Network

In Preproduction.

Gears of War - Live Action Film


In Preproduction.

Gears of War - Animated TV Show


In Preproduction.

Polls & Bets


Game of the Year Awards

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 Xbox Empire: GOTY 2020 Results Xbox Empire: GOTY 2021 Results Xbox Empire: GOTY 2022 Results

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Welcome to Xbox Empire V4!

I hope you all enjoy your time in here and we can make this version even more successful than the previous versions. I may have missed some things in creating the thread so feel free to point stuff out that I've missed, I have a few minor things left that I have to do but it's mostly done, and I wanted it open early.

I've made a few slight tweaks to streamline it from the previous version of the thread but it's mostly the same and I've fully restored what was lost from the previous thread with help from Bandorr.

Now all go enjoy yourselves! Empire is back!

Last edited by Ryuu96 - on 10 December 2022

Dat new thread smell

Maybe I'll be more active in this one like the good ol' days.