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A New Xbox Exclusive Game May Have Just Been Revealed


The latest update from the Microsoft and FTC court proceedings has revealed that the upcoming game Project Fantasy is planned to be an Xbox exclusive. The high-profile trial, which began last week, has been one of the highlights of the ongoing saga involving Microsoft’s intended acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The controversial acquisition, which is valued at nearly $70 billion, has gone through multiple hurdles since Microsoft first announced its intent to acquire the iconic gaming brand. A new report has provided fans with more information about an upcoming game from IO Interactive.


Earlier this year, IO Interactive announced Project Fantasy as a bold new direction for the studio, which is mostly known for its series of stealth action games, Hitman. While few details were officially shared about the upcoming fantasy game, job listings from IOI later confirmed that the new fantasy project would be an “online game.” Fans speculated that the studio could be returning to a previously shelved RPG referred to as “Rex Dominus.” Now, Microsoft’s court proceedings have revealed that Project Fantasy will be exclusive to Xbox.

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Recently publicized reports from the ongoing Microsoft court case have revealed that Project Fantasy may be in development as an Xbox exclusive on consoles. The documents indicate that the game, previously referred to as Project Dragon, was considered as an Xbox exclusive as early as 2021, long before its official reveal. Project Fantasy was reportedly referred to as an “RPG Shooter,” suggesting that it may have shooter elements within its fantasy setting. IOI notably did not mention console exclusivity in its initial reveal of the game.

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Project Fantasy being exclusive to Xbox would bring another major release to the Microsoft console on an exclusive basis. Bethesda’s highly-anticipated Starfield, which is set to launch later this year, was confirmed to be coming exclusively to Xbox following Microsoft’s acquisition of the studio in 2021. According to statements from executives, Microsoft has been emphasizing console exclusives and aims to release at least four Xbox-exclusive games every year. The console also looks to have several other high-profile exclusives on the horizon, including Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 and Ark 2.

The ongoing court proceedings between Microsoft and the FTC have already revealed multiple new details through publicized documents. The purchase of Activision Blizzard was not the first time that the Xbox developer intended to acquire other studios, as it reportedly considered purchasing Sega and Bungie in 2020. The court proceedings have also revealed that Microsoft expects to release the next consoles from itself and Sony around 2028. As the legal battle continues, future updates from the court case are likely to reveal even more internal details.

Project Fantasy is reportedly in development for PC and Xbox Series X/S.

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IO Interactive would first announce Project Fantasy earlier this year as a bold new direction for the studio mostly known for its series of stealth action games, Hitman. While few details were officially shared about the upcoming fantasy game, job listings from IOI would later confirm that the new fantasy project would be an “online game.” Project Fantasy also saw rampant speculation from fans suggesting the studio could be returning to a previously shelved RPG referred to as “Rex Dominus.” Now, Microsoft’s court proceedings have revealed Project Fantasy‘s exclusive status.

RELATED: Hitman Developer’s ‘Project Fantasy’ Appears to be a Multiplayer RPG

Recently publicized reports from the ongoing Microsoft court case have revealed Project Fantasy may be in development as an Xbox exclusive on consoles. The documents would share that the game, previously referred to as Project Dragonhad been considered as an Xbox exclusive as early as 2021, long before its official reveal. Project Fantasy was reportedly referred to as an “RPG Shooter,” suggesting the game may boast shooter elements within its fantasy setting. IOI notably did not mention console exclusivity in its first reveal of the game.

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Project Fantasy‘s console exclusivity to Xbox would bring another major release to the Microsoft console on an exclusive basis. Bethesda’s highly-anticipated Starfieldset to launch later this year, was confirmed to be coming exclusively to Xbox, following Microsoft purchasing the studio in 2021. Microsoft has reportedly been emphasizing console exclusives according to statements from executives, reporting the studio wants to release at least 4 Xbox-exclusive games every year. The console looks to have several other high-profile exclusives on the horizon as well, including Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 and Ark 2.

The ongoing court proceedings between Microsoft and the FTC have already seen multiple new details surface through publicized documents. The purchase of Activision Blizzard was not the first time the Xbox developer intended to make a swing at other studios, reportedly considering purchasing Sega and Bungie in 2020. The court proceedings have also revealed Microsoft’s window for the next consoles from itself and Sony, expecting them to come around 2028. Future updates from the court case will likely continue to see even more internal details surface as the legal battle rages on.

Project Fantasy is reportedly in development for PC and Xbox Series X/S.

MORE: 7 Best IO Interactive Games

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