Prior to its acquisition by Microsoft, ZeniMax Media, the parent company of renowned studios like Bethesda Game Studios and id Software, had ongoing Xbox projects in the works. These projects included remastered versions of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Fallout 3, along with a new installment in the Doom franchise. These revelations stem from recently disclosed documents as part of the FTC v. Microsoft case. These games were notably featured in a Microsoft presentation from July 2020, which was focused on the prospective acquisition of ZeniMax at that time.
Additionally, the presentation unveiled unannounced games, which were as follows:
- The Oblivion Remaster (initially slated for fiscal year 2022)
- Doom Year Zero and accompanying DLC (projected for fiscal year 2023), as well as a second set of DLC (anticipated for fiscal year 2024)
- The Fallout 3 Remaster (targeted for fiscal year 2024)
- A sequel to Ghostwire: Tokyo (envisioned for fiscal year 2024)
- Dishonored 3 (anticipated for fiscal year 2024)
Furthermore, there are several titles designated for console/PC release without specific names, including:
- The Indiana Jones game (previously announced and originally slated for fiscal year 2022)
- Project Kestrel (targeted for fiscal year 2023), accompanied by an expansion (projected for fiscal year 2024)
- Project Platinum
- An ambiguously titled “licensed IP game”
It’s important to bear in mind that these estimates were made over three years ago, prior to Microsoft’s finalization of its acquisition of ZeniMax in March 2021. As a result, there’s a possibility that some of these plans have undergone significant changes or have been completely abandoned. Nevertheless, they do offer an early glimpse into the potential future game lineup from Microsoft.
In the same leak, there were also revelations about a redesigned disc-less Xbox Series X, a refreshed Xbox Series S, and the introduction of a brand-new “Sebile” Xbox controller.
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