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Xbox Reportedly Working with Developer Mainframe on a Cloud-Native MMO

Xbox Reportedly Working with Developer Mainframe on a Cloud-Native MMO - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 22 October 2021 / 1,226 Views

Xbox Game Studios is reportedly working with Finnish studio Mainframe Industries on a cloud-native massively multiplayer online adventure game, according to Senior Editor for Windows Central Jez Corden. VentureBeat's Jeff Grubb has also corroborated this report with more information.

The MMO is reportedly named PaxDei and it will scale in complexity based on how you are accessing the game. The developer is working on potential gameplay mechanics that can only work in a game that primarily runs on the cloud. Some tasks are said to make more sense depending on where it is being played. 

PaxDei has been trademarked under computer gaming software on the EU IPO website by Mainframe Industries. The trademark is granted through 2031.

Some key Xbox figures, according to Grubb, are excited about PaxDei as it highlights hurdles with cloud-based development. Microsoft is hoping the game can "create an opportunity to set up best practices for this kind of game. And then other studios can run that same playbook in the future."


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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7 Comments
Dulfite (on 22 October 2021)

Confusing concept? ✅
Confusing game title? ✅

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mjk45 Dulfite (on 25 October 2021)

My first thoughts went straight to the Canadian company Mainframe and the CGI animated TV show Reboot , I loved that show and the PS1 game was good enough for me to give it an 8/10.

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method114 (on 22 October 2021)

MMOs have just been horrible lately. Not sure why MS would even want to attempt to enter this market right now. Unless they have some new idea.

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Azzanation method114 (on 22 October 2021)

FF14 continues to do well either tho its not for me. Plus an MMO will work wonders for GamePass.

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method114 Azzanation (on 22 October 2021)

Yea I'm not saying they can't do it but it just seems like an incredibly hard market to get into and do it right. I track all the big MMO's or upcoming MMO's and they almost always disappointment. For every FF14 theres like 10 failures.

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scrapking method114 (on 24 October 2021)

No kidding, I saw a banner ad for Black Desert on Steam being on sale for $0.99. That's at least $0.99 too much!

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gtotheunit91 (on 22 October 2021)

Xbox is supposed to be partnering with Hideo Kojima for a similar gaming experience as well and I still have no idea what the crap this is supposed to mean haha. This kind of PR talk is so vague. I'll definitely to have wait and see gameplay to finally understand what they mean by cloud-native.

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