The rapidly expanding Xbox Game Studios (which will get a massive boost by the end of the year with Zenimax, including Bethesda and all its studios) might have some surprises in store for 2021.
Dave Morgan, a narrative director, wrote on his LinkedIn profile that he is working on a major unannounced AAA open-world project that is currently in development, The Gamer reports. Compulsion Games, which was acquired by Xbox Game Studios in 2018 (you might know this team for Contrast or We Happy Few) could be another studio that is working on something unexpected. This team is looking for a writer, and the job listing said, „We like to take on troublesome themes. We try to make characters with compelling, human flaws. We mix darkness and comedy. Our games are hard to write.”
Windows Central’s Jez Corden said in a recent The Xbox Two podcast that the Redmond-based company has at least two big games that aren’t announced but planned to launch in 2021: „I know of at least two games, big games, that aren’t on that list that are coming from Xbox in 2021.” We should consider these rumours at least. In April, we wrote about how a new Microsoft studio is developing Perfect Dark, using Unreal Engine 4, featuring „various weapons, gadgets, and a camera surveillance system.” At The Game Awards in December, it was announced by Microsoft.
Phil Spencer and co will need these surprises after pissing the community off last weekend. They announced the February Xbox Games With Gold titles (PlayStation Plus’ February titles will be discussed on Wednesday; one of the games have been confirmed to be part of the line-up!), while also planning to increase the 1/3/6-month Xbox Live Gold subscription fees. They backed off, confirming that free-to-play games will not require a subscription. (We discussed it in detail.)
What can Microsoft prepare for us? We might learn by June IF E3 will be held this year, but we have our doubts about that…