Xbox Boss has seen upcoming Ninja Theory, Rare, Playground Projects

"I’ve seen what Ninja Theory’s working on next and what their pipeline looks like. I saw what Playground’s working on next, I saw what Rare is working on next and their continued growth and success with Sea of Thieves.

"The real goal with the studios for me is to get a large enough studio base where we can delight and surprise ourselves and our fans with games, and it’s on a regular cadence, so we’re not always pinched to say ‘okay, well what can we announce?’

gangsta_red1968d ago

"I’ve seen what Ninja Theory’s working on next and what their pipeline looks like... I saw what Playground’s working on next, I saw what Rare is working on next and their continued growth and success with Sea of Thieves."

There were rumors that Rare was also working on another game besides SoT. Should be interesting if that's true. NT has been quiet since they released Senua's sacrifice which was in 2017, no doubt they will have something new to show and maybe even a release date sooner rather than later. And of course Playground has been rumored to be on Fable for a good minute, I bet they'll have something to also show off at E3.

Those three studios will likely have something, maybe even Compulsion may have something else to show since We Happy Few came....and went.

TK-551968d ago

I'm most interested in Playground's next project (on the condition it's not another Forza title) since it'll really determine just how good the studio is. They've done brilliant work on the Horizon series and I believe their next project is going to be an open world game which has led to people believing its a Fable game. Personally I hope its a new IP because I think Fable has always been overrated but I think they'd do a better job with the series than Lionhead.

shiva11968d ago

Of these two studios who should do Fable? Playground or Rare?

I believe its safe to say either is fine.

TK-551968d ago


I think I'd have the same opinion with Rare in that I'd rather they be working on something completely new. But if I'm forced I think I'd rather see Playground make it. Would love to see the seasonal changes in Forza implemented in a Fable game!

KillBill1967d ago

Playground has already had the rumor their next title is not in fact a driving game.

Razzer1967d ago

"Of these two studios who should do Fable? Playground or Rare? "

Playground. Pretty sure they are. We know they are making an open world RPG.

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coolbeans1968d ago

There's been rumors Rare has 3 projects going on (SoT updates being one of them). NT's rumored game is supposed to be called Bleeding Edge (may not be final name).

"... maybe even Compulsion may have something else to show since We Happy Few came....and went."

Nah. They're still dedicated to updating that to get past the buggy launch.

King_Noctis1968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

“Compulsion Games promises to continue making ‘crazy games’ following Microsoft acquisition”


I think they have new projects in mind, since the acquisition by MS might mean their team has expanded as well.

Automatic791968d ago


Ninja Theory
Playground Games

We also get to see
The Coalition-Gears 5
343-Halo Infinite
MS Global Publishing -New IP
Plus a few surprises.

Obscure_Observer1968d ago


"There were rumors that Rare was also working on another game besides SoT. Should be interesting if that's true."

RARE working on a new IP was never a rumor. It was confirmed last year at E3 by Craig Duncan himself.



lxeasy1968d ago

@obscure I don't know if I'm more excited for Ninja Theory or Playgrounds new game. Who are you most excited for?

Obscure_Observer1967d ago


It´s a hard question. I´m excited about both of Playground and Ninja Theory´s new game. I think that i´m a bit more excited about Playground´s new game because the RPG genre is new to them.

I was thinking they were working on a new Fable game. Now, i think they´re working on a new IP. :)


King_Noctis1968d ago

Isn’t Rare working on Battletoad? Or maybe they have multiple projects going at once.

Sciurus_vulgaris1968d ago

Dlala Studios is the main developer of Battetoads (2019), Rare is still involved in the game though.

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Jin_Sakai1968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

“Xbox Boss has seen upcoming Ninja Theory, Rare, Playground Projects“

Hopefully we’ll see what you’ve seen come E3. I’m excited to see what Playground Games have been working on.

lxeasy1968d ago

I'm really excited to see what Ninja Theory and Playground game are going to reveal. I think the next Rare game will be really good because I think they wont commit the same mistakes from SOT launch on there new game.

tontontam01968d ago

We'll see it get cancelled just like other games, then ms will just stick to halo forza gears all pver again.

beulahland1967d ago

We'll see it get canczzzzZZzzzZZZROOOOONC!


jmetalhead778121967d ago

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lxeasy1967d ago

@tontontm0 we all know you would like to see that since you are one of Xbox biggest haters. But sad news for you. There first party studios will only grow and there exclusives will keep getting better. Cheers mate :)

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rainslacker1967d ago

Playground I'm most interested in, since they said it was an new IP in RPG genre. I hope that's still what they're working on.

AngelicIceDiamond1968d ago

So whats this bs I keep hearing about Phil Spencer needing to get fired?

Turns the hardware of the original X1 around from a terrible launch and perception.
Fix the issues with Xbox Live and added gaming services. Added BC when the other boss would not of done so.
7 new studios under their belt all within the same year. With rumors of a few more.

N4G logic. Hes a terrible boss...

Lets make one thing clear Don Mattrick wouldnt have done anything of those things. He saw the backlash with Adam Orth 2 months prior to the X1 reveal didn't listen.
Rumors of tv and media talk at the X1 reveal, which also garnered backlash didn't Listen.
Drm not flippin a switch didn't until after he quit lol.
Most importantly, if he didnt do anything about lack of games, studios AAA output in 7th gen what makes you think he would do anything about it now??? He would of done the same old thing. Halo would be released every other year with little breathing room for change and would have gotten worse, Rare would still be tied down Kinect (yes Kinect would be a thing) the same ol tone def Mattrick. I ask again who is worse?

Btw it seems MS projects are coming along quicker than I thought.

I_am_Batman1968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

Some people don't seem to understand that there is a time delay between cause and effect in the games industry. I think if you look at where Xbox was 6 years ago and where it s now it's clear that Phil has done a lot of work. On the other hand MS hyped him up too much early on and he might've tried to turn the ship too fast. I can definetily understand the disappointment of Xbox fans after the cancellation of titles like Scalebound, the Phantom Dust remake, Project Spark and Fable Legends with the closure of Lionhead studios that is associated with it.

Phil might be the right guy to save Xbox but there is no way around the fact that this generation was a disappointment. The trajectory looks good though and I think that he has a chance to make next gen much more interesting and win some Xbox fans back. We'll just have to wait and see how it all unfolds.

bluefox7551968d ago

Better? We're at the end of the gen, and Xbox still has almost nothing to show for it. I'm not saying Spencer deserves all of the blame, but pretending like he "turned things around" is laughable.

I_am_Batman1967d ago

@bluefox: Are you responding to some hypothetical comment I've never made? I'm somewhat confused.

rainslacker1967d ago (Edited 1967d ago )

People understand there is a delay. But you can't use this argument that it takes time, when it's the same damn argument that was used three years ago when apparently Spencer started investing all this money into making games.

We know it takes time. Even if we still say they need to bring games, it's not because we don't recognize it doesn't take time, it's that we aren't here to wait on a whim of MS to get something for our support of their system or services. It's because we want products to play. Not promises. The promises come up emptier, the more they make them, and when another year passes where we hear, "it takes some time", we already know. Which is why this stuff should have been done years ago.

It isn't on the customer to wait for MS to get it's shit together for us to support them. It's on MS to give us support, so we want to support them. Many Xbox fan boys have their role as consumers mixed up. At the start of a gen, sure, give them some time, we're early adopters, so it's kind of expected and we know what we're getting into. But after year three and your output becomes one big AAA game a year, sometimes with it being a yearly franchise release? That's not right for a console maker.

it's not like Spencer just took over a few months ago, or even a year ago. It's not like he didn't have authority to do stuff. Hell, remember when Nadella took over, and said how much he was behind Xbox and gaming? But it took how many years for them to do what they should have been doing back then? I know it can take some time to procure studios, but it doesn't take years. A studio acquisition can take 3-6 months. Not 3-5 years. NetEase just acquired partial ownership of QD in what was probably less than 3 months.

I think Phil has done a lot of work. It's just the focus of what he's working on hasn't been prioritized correctly. And ultimately, they make it sound like they're doing all this good stuff, but not mentioning that they aren't going to deliver anytime soon, except on the rare occassion where he tries to appear humble and pander to the community as if he's hearing them. Plus, all that other stuff shouldn't have been the crux of what they were working on, but supplemental to doing what should have been done from day one.

There was a way around the gen being a disappointment. It would have been for Phil to keep that fire for producing games that he seemed to come into the head of XBox with. About all he's done with fire, is create smoke and hype, and the fire to produce games seemed to have been put on the warming burner....which they just recently realized wasn't even turned on.

lxeasy1968d ago

@angeliclcediamond you are 100% correct. Phill Spencer is a way better boss than don mattrick.