Xbox” href=”https://www.videogameschronicle.com/platforms/xbox/”>Xbox has played down the significance of recently registered Perfect Dark and Fable Twitter accounts.
The social accounts @PerfectDarkGame and @Fable had been initially found by journalist Tom Warren, reportedly each registered to Xbox Game Studios (Microsoft)” href=”https://www.videogameschronicle.com/companies/microsoft/”>Microsoft e-mail accounts.
The @PerfectDarkGame account later tweeted and claimed to be an unofficial creation, which occurred to have one sole follower: the unique sport’s producer and Xbox exec Ken Lobb.
However, this was after Xbox advertising boss Aaron Greenberg recommended that each accounts had been official creations, for the aim of securing IP.
Greenberg claimed that, “these accounts have been inactive for years” and that “it’s standard practice to secure social handles for our IP.” The accounts in query had been registered in March and June this 12 months.
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer” href=”https://www.videogameschronicle.com/folks/phil-spencer/”>Phil Spencer has previously suggested that new first-party studio The Initiative” href=”https://www.videogameschronicle.com/companies/microsoft/the-initiative/”>The Initiative may very well be engaged on a legacy IP, lengthy imagined to be Rare” href=”https://www.videogameschronicle.com/corporations/microsoft/uncommon/”>Rare’s spy shooter Perfect Dark – which would match the gameplay described in a recent designer CV.
Further fuelling speculation, Spencer tweeted in January of this year that he had visited the Initiative team and that they were “challenging themselves to do new things (and old things) in new ways.”
Xbox has significantly expanded its first-party games production ahead of the next console generation and at least one franchise, RPG series Fable, is understood to be the subject of a revival at its Playground studio.
Although the Forza Horizon 4″ href=”https://www.videogameschronicle.com/games/forza-series/forza-horizon-4/”>Forza Horizon studio stays extraordinarily secretive about its RPG venture, it has been actively hiring for the sport’s improvement workforce for the previous three years.
So far it’s snapped up Anthem” href=”https://www.videogameschronicle.com/video games/anthem/”>Anthem’s lead environment artist, Ghost Recon Wildlands’ lead character artist, Hellblade’s lead animator, Metal Gear Solid V’s project manager and most of the Batman: Arkham Knight scriptwriting team.
Microsoft will show off its games line-up as part of a first-party Xbox Series X showcase in July.