Gears 6 and other forthcoming projects from Microsoft’s Xbox Game Studios are among those named, including a project dubbed Oxide.
Contents of an internal NVIDIA database surfaced online on Sept. 13, including references to various upcoming projects from third-party video game publishers.
Oxide refers to an upcoming strategy/simulation game published by Xbox Game Studios, internally named “Project Indus,” according to sources familiar with the matter.
The database comes via NVIDIA’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service, with developer Ighor July documenting a vulnerability that provided access to a database used for internal testing. The resulting list of titles, compiled by SteamDB creator Pavel Djundik, includes references to some foreseeable projects, plus some unlikely to resemble actual products launching anytime soon. However, the entries also shed light on Xbox’s future, aligning information from sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans.
Several unannounced Xbox Game Studios projects have surfaced via the NVIDIA GeForce Now database, providing possible insight into upcoming Microsoft-published titles. The database contents, published online following documentation released on Monday, refer to PC games in testing, including some tied to major third-party studios.
Database entries include the first mention of Gears 6, the unannounced next title in Microsoft’s Gears of War franchise. Vancouver-based studio and Gears caretaker, The Coalition, is expected to be working on the sixth mainline Gears of War game, following up on its acclaimed 2019 predecessor, Gears 5. Microsoft previously discussed Gears 5 in the context of a larger “saga,” with more on The Coalition’s next project likely to surface over the year ahead.
Halo 5: Guardians on PC makes an appearance, the last Halo title still to make the transition beyond the Xbox consoles. Halo: The Master Chief Collection currently serves as the closest thing to a complete Halo PC experience, a six-part compilation, spanning Halo: Combat Evolved through Halo 4. While developer 343 Industries has previously ruled out a PC debut for Halo 5: Guardians, its presence possibly implies some consideration from the studio.
343 Industries community director, Brian Jarrard, has stated the studio has no plans to bring Halo 5: Guardians to PC, at this time. “Maybe this was for [Halo 5: Forge] but I can confirm there are no plans to bring [Halo 5] to PC,” Jarrard stated in a tweet. “We know there’s some demand for it, but as we’ve stated before, not in the cards as the studio is fully focused on [Halo] Infinite and [Halo: The Master Chief Collection]. Will never say never, but nothing underway currently.”
The reaffirmation comes in response to this latest leak, suggesting references to Halo 5 could relate to the Halo 5: Forge project, which brought the title’s level-editing toolset to Windows 10 in late 2016. While the same NVIDIA GeForce Now database also names a “Halo 5: Forge Bundle,” it appears Halo 5 isn’t headed to PC anytime soon.