Hellblade II & Avowed reported to be Xbox’s next major releases after Starfield

by Danny Craig  · 
Hellblade II & Avowed reported to be Xbox’s next major releases after Starfield
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Avowed and Senua's Saga: Hellblade II are reportedly set to follow Bethesda’s Starfield as the next major first-party releases for Xbox, with the Fable reboot only entering full production "recently."

The details:

  • In a recent podcast, Video Games Chronicle (VGC) Editor-in-Chief Andy Robinson claimed that the gaming giant intends to release Avowed and Hellblade II after Starfield, with the latter arriving first. Hellblade II has been in development at Ninja Theory for several years, so it's likely to be near the final stages of completion. Obsidian Entertainment's RPG Avowed was announced in 2020 and is set to release after Hellblade's sequel, though we're not sure how long after.
  • Jordan Miller, a VGC journalist and the podcast's co-host, also stated that Playground Games' reboot of the Xbox-exclusive RPG franchise, Fable, is "miles away" and has only recently started full production, with the studio still discussing the game's concept as soon as 2022. Alleged management issues have also caused internal delays and issues with the game's production. It now appears that the title has been inspired by CD Projekt Red's The Witcher franchise, with Miller stating that "the term Witcher-like was thrown around a lot to me," implying that some familiar elements from the series may be present in the project.
  • According to the podcast, the reboot of Perfect Dark is still far away from release, which is to be expected given that The Initiative suffered from massive turnover rates, with around half of the development team leaving the studio according to a VGC report last year. Senior staff members who left included the game's director, Dan Neuburger, and two senior writers.
  • Rare's Everwild is in a similar situation, with development "restarted from scratch" in 2021 following the departure of creative director Simon Woodroffe the previous year, with the studio now aiming for an optimistic 2024 release date. The developer has enlisted the help of Lucid Games to work on future content for its multiplayer pirate game Sea of Thieves, allowing the developer to focus more on the new IP.

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