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Phil Spencer Excited About Xbox Lineup, Mentions ZeniMax and Starfield

Phil Spencer Excited About Xbox Lineup, Mentions ZeniMax and Starfield - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 December 2020 / 2,139 Views

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer in an interview with The Verge said he is excited about the upcoming Xbox lineup and specifically mentioned the acquisition of ZeniMax for $7.5 billion that will be finalized sometime in 2021. 

The ZeniMax acquisition once completed will grow Xbox Game studios from 15 to 23 developers. It will add several popular franchises under the Xbox umbrella. The IPs that will soon be owned by Microsoft once the deal is finalized include Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Doom, Wolfenstein, Dishonored, and many more. 

"I’m incredibly excited about the lineup, not only of Xbox Game Studios, but we’ve obviously also announced our intent to acquire ZeniMax and Starfield and great games that Todd [Howard] and the team are working on, that people are going to go play on their Xbox," said Spencer.

"I feel good, really good, the best I’ve ever felt about our roadmap."


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JRPGfan (on 24 November 2020)

Why is it news that Phil says he feels good about his lineup? has he ever said he didnt feel good about it?
Dont we basically hear this every year is my point? where is the news.

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sales2099 (on 24 November 2020)

Can’t wait for this deal to close

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Giggity_goo (on 25 November 2020)

ive seen them pop up on sale lately but thought should just wait until they all hit gamepass

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Drakrami (on 28 November 2020)

You better feel good after spending 7.5billion.

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Original (on 25 November 2020)

Can't wait

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DonFerrari (on 24 November 2020)

Lineup shouldn't include a timeline? Or he is just happy of what he plans on launching until the end of gen? And do we really need 7 reports from a single interview instead of one big report?

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method114 DonFerrari (on 24 November 2020)

He's not giving a timeline because the games are far away. People expecting starfield and stuff like that to be out anytime soon are in for a surprise. It wont be mid to late gen until we start seeing any real benefit from all these studios. By then they should be in a more stable role and releasing games regularly.

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shikamaru317 DonFerrari (on 24 November 2020)

@Method Mid to late gen? I wouldn't be so sure about that if I was you. Starfield has been in active development since late 2015, 5 years now. Wolfenstein 2 was 2017, 3 years ago, so Wolfenstein 3 should have 3 years of development at this point. Both are definitely possible 2021 releases, if not 2021 almost certainly 2022. Arkane Austin should also be pretty far along on a game now, their last game was Prey in 2017, 3 years ago. Then there is the new Zenimax Online IP which they've been developing for 2 years already. And of course some of the other studios MS has acquired since 2018 should have new games out in 2021 or 2022, such as Hellblade 2 and Forza Horizon 5. Avowed, Fable reboot, The Initiative's new IP, and Everwild should be out in 2022 or 2023. Double Fine has had multiple teams working on multiple projects for pretty much their entire existence as a studio, would be shocked if they don't have a 2nd game pretty far along in development currently.

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DonFerrari DonFerrari (on 24 November 2020)
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method114 (on 24 November 2020)

@shikamaru317 I love your optimism and I hope your right cause I could always use more games to play. This link says starfield has only been in development 2.5-3 years.,a%20half%2C%20three%20years.%E2%80%9D.

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shikamaru317 method114 (on 25 November 2020)

They're quoting an interview from 2018. So 2-3 years before the interview, and 2 year since the interview. They say that development started after they finished Fallout 4 in that same interview, Fallout 4 was released November 2015.

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KratosLives (on 24 November 2020)
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Otter (on 24 November 2020)
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