There are some video games that have taken a long time to develop and release. One such example is Dead Island 2It was first announced in 2014, but is finally being launched today. Of course, the game had a troubled history, going through multiple developers before today’s release. Some games are planned to take years of development before they are ready to go.
Microsoft is reportedly working on such a game, according to one Twitter post by Stephen Totilo of Axios. He posted a snippet of internal Microsoft documents that were part of an ongoing lawsuit filed by a group of gamers who oppose Microsoft’s planned purchase of Activision Blizzard. Microsoft’s documents were heavily redacted before being sent to the gamers’ lawyers, but they contained some interesting tidbits.
The most interesting reaction from last week’s amended complaint in a gamer’s lawsuit against the Microsoft Activision deal:
– A sequel to a Microsoft franchise on a potential 10-year dev cycle
– Possible detailed description of something bad from May 2022 (Redfall/Starfield delay?) pic.twitter.com/OJETHAy8MM
— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) April 20, 2023
Microsoft’s papers attempt to make the case that the company needs high-end game content to keep the Xbox division afloat. Microsoft also indicates that it may take some time for the content to be ready. It states, “For example, according to a Microsoft executive, [REDACTED] [REDACTED]An upcoming game by [REDACTED] A franchise, could take a decade to develop.”
Of course, speculations can now begin as to what that title is and what franchise it might belong to. Can be a franchise. Hello, Gears of War, short story, The Great Scroll, Fallout, Doomor something else.
Another interesting snippet from this Microsoft article refers to something Totilo posts in May 2022, and it doesn’t sound like it was a good thing. The entire incident has been redacted, but we can once again speculate that it had to do with major development delays for an unnamed game or games.
Perhaps we’ll learn more about the mystery game in June as part of Microsoft’s Xbox Games Showcase Online event, which will take place on June 11.
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