Even more secret Xbox One games
Yesterday we shared with you a batch of Xbox One projects that are currently in development behind the scenes or heavily rumoured to be in the works. But they aren’t the only games we’re still waiting to see more of. Here’s another round of titles you need to keep an eye out for in the coming months.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
The rumours surrounding this one have been so long in the tooth it’s hard to know truly that it is still happening. In fact, if it wasn’t for the fact that Ubisoft announced in 2012 that the game was in “active creation” we still wouldn’t believe it; there was even an in-engine screenshot to confirm it. Then, in April 2014, series’ creator Michel Ancel thrust some new artwork for main character Jade into the limelight during a livestream – stoking those fires once more. It’s already confirmed to be coming to next-gen consoles, so now we wait. Just a little bit longer.
Developer United Front Games has confirmed it – yes, Sleeping Dogs 2: Triad Wars is happening. We’re not just assuming it’ll be on Xbox One, however, because after teasing the world with a blurry image of Sleeping Dogs 2 over Christmas 2013, UFG’s Twitter account confirmed to a fan that the game would be coming to next-gen consoles. That tweet has now been deleted, so someone got in trouble.
Epic’s Next-Gen Game
Epic Games – you know, the team behind Gears Of War? – is hard at work and claims to have three games in development, one of which is a ‘major next-generation game’ whose purpose is to showcase the power of Unreal Engine 4. Speculation has pointed to various Unreal Engine 4 tech reveals as potential games, with the most prominent being the ‘Samaritan’ video from 2011 courtesy of a recent tease at GDC 2014 – but we’d expect something entirely new.
New Ninja Theory Game
Ninja Theory has been hiring for various job positions focused on next-gen development for a while, and now it’s shown us, hidden within a video intended to promote the company’s strengths, a mysterious blue-haired girl and some previously unseen environments that haven’t appeared in any of their games. With a darker tone, caricature character design, and some high-fidelity lighting and graphical models, whatever Ninja Theory’s next-gen game turns out to be it’s sure to be something special. The video also makes special thanks to its various publishers, including – yep, you guessed it – Microsoft.
Until The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is released there won’t be any details revealed about Cyberpunk 2077, and in some ways the mystery is refreshing. CD Projekt RED has revealed some details, however, including how your character’s style will affect their gameplay, how Mass Effect-style dialogue choices will influence the story and you can even waste away the hours at a bar (with a choice of what to drink). There’s a lot of substance being put into this world.
New Prince Of Persia
Back in 2012, a sole image was released onto the internet of a Ubisoft game set in what looked to be ancient Egypt with a large number of NPCs and quite high fidelity graphics. Many presumed it was a next-gen Assassin’s Creed, but we now know that isn’t the case, considering the settings and characters of the recent Assasin’s Creed games. Forgoing the cel-shading of the 2008 reboot, this Prince Of Persia will make a radical shift, perhaps favouring open world exploration instead of traditional platforming. With Ubisoft teasing potential announcements, we likely won’t have to wait long.
We know that Battlefront 3 is in the works, but did you know that Visceral Games is also working on a Star Wars game after EA bought the rights to the franchise? The developer is hiring for a gameplay designer to build “combat spaces”, suggesting this would be more of a third-person infantry game than a Rogue Squadron flight simulator.
With development kicked off at Square Enix Montreal, IO Interactive has now stepped back into the thick of a new Hitman game to follow the success of Absolution. Originally the plan appears to have been building Hitman sequels the same way Call Of Duty has shared the burden between Treyarch and Infinity Ward. However, that’s all changed now with the core IO team taking back the main Hitman duties and Montreal handling mobile spin-offs (which are actually pretty good fun). A new perspective and a darker tone are being teased for Hitman 6, but IO has a much smaller team this time around, which may affect things.
With the likes of Fallout: New Vegas and Alpha Protocol under its belt, it’s clear there’s quality at the developer – even if Alpha Protocol did miss the mark. When Obsidian says it is hiring for a next-gen RPG, we should get excited. The only problem is we don’t quite know what that is yet – CEO Feargus Urquhart has suggested he’s pitched a Star Wars RPG to Disney, so could we see Knights Of The Old Republic 3?
We’re not talking Fable Legends here. Let’s not forget Lionhead Studios is a big developer, so for it to be working on a second Xbox One game would not be surprising. Not that we’re speculating, of course. Lionhead was looking to hire a for a position where knowledge with DirectX 11 would be necessary – and the Xbox 360 isn’t compatible with that. The job position – which has now been filled and taken down – was for a game said to be “genre-defining”.
You can check out the first round of secret projects HERE