What we (probably) know about Project Indus / "Oxide Unannounced", a rumored Xbox Global Publishing new IP

Ighor July exploited a weakness in GeForce Now’s security to reveal many unannounced games in development or from years past. One of them is an unannounced Xbox Game Studios title labelled ‘Oxide Unannounced.’ According to Windows Central, it is internally referred to as ‘Project Indus’ and is a strategy/simulation game “drawing inspiration from city-building genre.”

But a Redditor possibly stumbled onto the developer of this mysterious early-in-development title. The developer Oxide Games, in open positions on their website and LinkedIn, confirm that the studio’s next title is a AAA strategy game developed in conjunction with an unnamed first-party publisher! Check their careers page here. This team appears to be around 60 members strong, and their last shipped title was Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation (a standalone expansion for the original Ashes of the Singularity) in late 2016 for PC. The original Ashes of the Singularity has a nice 69 on Metacritic, although its standalone expansion fared considerably better.

According to the Oxide Games Facebook page, they are comprised of Firaxis and Microsoft veterans, two companies with vast experience in the PC strategy genre, and aim to make the “definitive 3D engine for next-generation strategy games for console and PC” that boasts the ability to render a vast number of 3D models on-screen at once. So I think it is safe to expect this game to target Xbox and PC, unlike Age of Empires IV.

UP: A little more info from Windows Central:

Although Indus’ unique hook remains to be seen, the gameplay sounds very similar to what you experience in Civilization, with turn-based strategic elements alongside city building, empire advancement, espionage, diplomacy, warfare, and so on. From what I understand, Indus is indeed targeting the Microsoft Store for PC, Xbox, and Steam.

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@Klobrille was this the “niche” spin-off game that was in development?

The thing I don’t get is why GeForce NOW has listings for games which will never be on the service.

Anyway I’m a fan of strategy/management games, I’m fully on board, I only hope this won’t be another “first on pc” bullshit, which counters MS messagging of “play where you want etc”.

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Companies using it for remote testing during pandemic.

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There using GeForce Now for remote testing of games during development and WFH.

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But MS has its own cloud solution, no? I mean they are leading in cloud computing for enterprise shit.

PC streaming with Xcloud and stuff is still in testing.

They’re using it for work for home, nothing more or less.

That’s it.

xCloud isn’t quite ready for this kind of testing yet.

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So another studio for acquisition prospects.

No. It still is in development, I think.

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Interesting.

I thought a city/civ building strategy game would be niche enough.

Is it from a known IP?

It’s suppose to be a spin-off of an IP yes.

it’s not that niche, Civilization has six mainline entries and some spinoffs after all

Yeah but it’s still a niche genre in the grand scheme of things.

Why do I dream of a game where you build up the entire city including tower defense mechanisms, factions, robots, along with placing collectibles and agility orbs before you switch into third person view and play what you built?

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Gaming is a special case where you need blades with big 10tflop + GPUs. And presumably it needs to be PC, not consoles.

Hoping to be blown away Xbox gone to have all genre’s of games covered wile the competition seem to only want to make 3rd person movies games.

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Never hurts to check who Phil is following on Twitter.:wink:

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A management sim?

Just a wild thought here, what if it’s a new Viva Piñata?

No

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