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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 - Upcoming Activision Blizzard Projects.

Post #4 - Xbox Game Studios.
Post #5 - Bethesda Studios.
Post #6Activision Blizzard Studios.

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

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

About: The Belfry stands as a beacon of hope and safety amongst the ruins of humanity and the City of Numbers, with monsters lurking right outside the tower’s walls. You are an Ace, born anew from the spirit realm with the skills, the grit, and the determination to protect the people of the Belfry. With spirit companions fighting by your side, you are destined for battle.

Developer: Stoic Studio

Release Date: 2024

About: From the creators of the award-winning Age of Empires franchise, Age of Mythology: Retold goes beyond history to a mythical age where gods, monsters, and humans collide. Combining the best elements of the beloved Age of Mythology with modern real-time strategy design and visuals, Retold is an epic and innovative experience for old and new players alike. Secure your domain, command legendary monsters, and call upon the power of the gods to crush your enemies—or band together with friends to prevail as champion in the Arena of the Gods.

Developer: World's Edge

Release Date: 2024

About: An evolution in historical grand strategy, featuring beloved classic PC strategy mechanics alongside innovative gameplay like a national crafting economy, true simultaneous turn resolution, a non-linear technology tree, and cloud-backed synchronous/asynchronous multiplayer - all with an expansive and vibrant presentation where you can zoom out from surveying the very edges of your empire all the way down to your citizens living their daily lives. In Ara, there are no pre-set paths to victory, leading to endless possibilities. Your choices will define the world you create, your experience, and your legacy.

Developer: Oxide Games

Release Date: Autumn 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. To achieve this unprecedented level of accuracy, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 is powered by the significantly evolved Asobo Studio engine. 

Developer: Asobo Studio

Release Date: 2024

About: Welcome to the Living Lands, a mysterious island filled with adventure and danger. You are the envoy of Aedyr, a distant land, sent to investigate rumors of a spreading plague throughout the Living Lands - an island full of mysteries and secrets, danger and adventure, and choices and consequences, and untamed wilderness. You discover a personal connection to the Living Lands and an ancient secret that threatens to destroy everything. Can you save this unknown frontier and your soul from the forces threatening to tear them asunder?

Developer: Obsidian Entertainment

Release Date: 2024

About: Project: Mara will be a real-world and grounded representation of mental terror. Based on real lived experience accounts and in-depth research, our aim is to recreate the horrors of the mind as accurately and realistically as possible. Project: Mara will be an experimental title and a showcase of what could become a new storytelling medium.

Developer: Ninja Theory

Release Date: TBA

About: Contraband is a co-op smuggler’s paradise set in the fictional world of 1970s Bayan, and our most ambitious and spectacular game to date. We’re taking everything that we’ve learned from 18 years of being at the forefront of creating beautiful, vast open game worlds filled with stunning vistas and incredible emergent gameplay moments. 

Developer: Avalanche Studios

Release Date: TBA

About: South of Midnight is a spellbinding third person action-adventure game set in the American Deep South. As Hazel, you will explore the mythos and encounter creatures of Southern folklore in a macabre and fantastical world. When disaster strikes her hometown, Hazel is called to become a Weaver: a magical mender of broken bonds and spirits. Imbued with these new abilities, Hazel will confront and subdue dangerous creatures, untangle the webs of her own family's shared past and - if she's lucky - find her way to a place that feels like home.

Developer: Compulsion Games

Release Date: TBA

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

Developer: Undead Labs

Release Date: TBA

About: Everwild is a brand new IP in the works at Rare, where unique and unforgettable experiences await in a natural and magical world.

Developer: Rare Ltd

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.

Developer: Playground Games

Release Date: TBA

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

Developer: The Initiative + Crystal Dynamics

Release Date: TBA

About: New Solar System, New Crew, Same Outer Worlds

Developer: Obsidian Entertainment

Release Date: TBA

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

Developer: InXile Entertainment

Release Date: TBA

About: OD explores the concept of testing your fear threshold, and what it means to OD on fear – while blurring the boundaries of gaming and film. The new teaser for OD also reveals Sophia Lillis (“Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves”), Hunter Schaffer (“Euphoria”) and Udo Kier (“Flesh for Frankenstein”), who will play the lead roles in the upcoming project.

Developer: Kojima Productions

Release Date: TBA

Last edited by Ryuu96 - on 28 May 2024

Around the Network

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

About: The first major story expansion to Starfield

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Release Date: Fall 2024

About: Uncover one of history’s greatest mysteries in a first-person, single-player adventure set between the events of Raiders of the Lost Ark™ and The Last Crusade™. The year is 1937, sinister forces are scouring the globe for the secret to an ancient power connected to the Great Circle, and only one person can stop them – Indiana Jones™.

Developer: MachineGames

Release Date: 2024

About: Bethesda Softworks and Marvel Games have announced that Arkane Lyon, creators of the critically acclaimed and award-winning DEATHLOOP and Dishonored series, are creating a new mature, single-player, third-person game based on the comic book hero Blade.

Developer: Arkane Studios

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! Yes, oh great and mighty Grand Champion? Is there something you need? Can I carry your weapon? Shine your boots? Backrub, perhaps?

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Release Date: TBA

Last edited by Ryuu96 - on 11 May 2024

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


Developer: Treyarch

Release Date: 2024

Last edited by Ryuu96 - on 28 May 2024

Head of Xbox Game Studios: Matt Booty.

Studio Head: Pierre Hintze.

Projects & Rumours
Project Tatanka (Rumour)
Halo Infinite (Ongoing Support)
Halo: TMCC (Ongoing Support)

Studio Head: Mike Crump.
Director: Matt Searcy.

Projects & Rumours
Gears of War 6

Studio Head: Darrell Gallagher.

Projects & Rumours
Perfect Dark

Studio Head: Dan Greenawalt

Projects & Rumours
Forza Motorsport (Ongoing Support)
Fable and Forza Horizon (Assistance)

Studio Head: Trevor Williams
Director: Ralph Fulton

Projects & Rumours
Fable Reboot
Forza Horizon 6 (Assumed)
Forza Horizon 5 (Ongoing Support)

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

Projects & Rumours
Sea of Thieves (Ongoing Support)

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

Projects & Rumours
The Outer Worlds 2
Grounded (Ongoing Support)

Studio Head: Brian Fargo
Director: Chad Moore

Projects & Rumours
Clockwork Revolution
Unannounced Project (Source)

Studio Head: Dom Matthews
Director: Tameem Antoniades

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

Studio Head: Phillip Holt
Director: Kevin Patzelt

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

Studio Head: Tim Schafer

Projects & Rumours
Multiple New Projects (Source)

Studio Head: Guillaume Provost
Director: David Sears

Projects & Rumours
South of Midnight

Studio Head: Helen Chiang
Director: Agnes Larsson

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

Studio Head: Michael Mann
Director: Adam Isgreen

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

Studio Head: Peter Wyse

Directors: Ken Lobb, Clayton Kauzlaric

Projects & Rumours
Ara: History Untold (Oxide Games)
Towerborne (Stoic Studio)
Flight Simulator 2024 (Asobo Studios)
Contraband (Avalanche Studios)
OD (Kojima Productions)
Project Maverick (People Can Fly)
Project Shaolin by Brass Lion (Rumour)
Project Suerte by Certain Affinity (Rumour)
Project Dragon by IO Interactive (Rumour)

Credit to Klobrille (Twitter/Patreon) for the Studio Images

Last edited by Ryuu96 - on 19 January 2024

President of Zenimax: Jamie Leder
Head of Publishing: Pete Hines (Replacement TBA)
Senior Vice President of Development: Todd Vaughn

Studio Head: Ashley Cheng
Director: Todd Howard

Projects & Rumours
The Elder Scrolls VI
Starfield (Ongoing Support)
Fallout 76 (Ongoing Support)

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

Projects & Rumours
Project Kestrel - AAA New IP (Source)
The Elder Scrolls Online (Ongoing Support)

Studio Head: Marty Stratton
Director: Hugo Martin

Projects & Rumours

Director: Axel Torvenius

Projects & Rumours
Indiana Jones
Unannounced Project (Source)

Studio Heads/Directors: Dinga Bakaba

Projects & Rumours

Credit to Klobrille (Twitter/Patreon) for the Studio Images

Last edited by Ryuu96 - on 07 May 2024

Around the Network

President of Activision: Rob Kostich
President of Blizzard: Mike Ybarra
President of King: Tjodolf Sommestad

Studio Head: Steve Ackrich

Projects & Rumours
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (Assistance)

Studio Head: Mark Gordon
Directors: Corky Lehmkuhl

Projects & Rumours
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (Zombies)

Studio Head: Aaron Halon
Directors: Richard Carrillo, David Swenson

Projects & Rumours
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (Lead)

Studio Head: Brian Raffel
Directors: Amos Hodge, Ted Timmins

Projects & Rumours
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (Assistance)
Call of Duty: Warzone 2 (Ongoing Support)

Studio Head: Peter Penna
Director: Matt Tieger

Projects & Rumours
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (Assistance)

Studio Heads: Jason Wei, Andrew Mitchell

Projects & Rumours
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (Assistance)

Studio Head: John Laurence

Projects & Rumours
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (Assistance)

Studio Head: Nour Polloni
Director: Thomas Wilson

Projects & Rumours
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (Assistance)

Studio Heads: Rod Fergusson (Diablo)
Director: Chris Metzen (Warcraft), Jeff Chamberlain (Overwatch), Sebastian Stepien (Diablo)

Projects & Rumours
World of Warcraft (Ongoing Support)
Overwatch 2 (Ongoing Support)
Diablo IV (Ongoing Support)
Diablo Immortal (Ongoing Support)
Hearthstone (Ongoing Support)

Studio Head:

Projects & Rumours
Candy Crush Saga (Ongoing Support)

Credit to Klobrille (Twitter/Patreon) for the Studio Images

Last edited by Ryuu96 - on 29 March 2024

Films & TV

Halo TV Show (Live-Action)

Streaming Service: Paramount+

Status: Season 2 - February 8th, 2024

Fallout TV Show (Live-Action)

Streaming Service: Amazon Prime

Status: Season 1 - April 12th, 2024

Minecraft Film (Live-Action)

Studio: Warner Bros

Status: Releases on April 4th, 2025

Grounded TV Show (Animated)

Streaming Service: Unknown

Status: Preproduction.

Gears of War Film (Live-Action)

Streaming Service: Netflix

Status: Preproduction.

Gears of War TV Show (Animated)

Streaming Service: Netflix

Status: Preproduction.

Polls and XBE GOTY Awards

Xbox Empire Polls 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      

Hall of Fame - Top #25 Posters - Updated March 1st, 2024.

Position Username Post Count Change
01 Ryuu96 9201 -
02 G2ThaUNiT 2157 -
03 Spade 1967 -
04 Shikamaru317 1772 -
05 VersusEvil 1186 -
06 DroidKnight 928 -
07 NobleTeam360 525 #09 to #07
08 Machiavellian 520 -
09 Ice 514 #07 to #09
10 Konnichiwa 465 #12 to #10
11 EpicRandy 451 #10 to #11
12 Angelus 408 #11 to #12
13 BasilZero 390 -
14 Imaginedvl 330 -
15 Trunkswd 284 #16 to #15
16 Coolbeans 278 #15 to #16
17 Barozi 230 -
18 Zippy6 212 #22 to #18
19 EspadaGrim 211 -
20 Smroadkill15 204 -
21 DerpySquirtle64 194 #18 to #21
22 aTokenYeti 189 #21 to #22
23 PixelPirate 183 #25 to #23
24 Jason1637 164 #23 to #24
25 KiigelHeart 155 #24 to #25
Last edited by Ryuu96 - on 01 March 2024

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.