New Xbox, controller… Microsoft victim of a data leak revealing its projects

2023-09-19 17:55:11


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Sensitive Microsoft data has been leaked online. GONZALO FUENTES / REUTERS

Unveiled this Tuesday, confidential data lifts the veil on the ambitions of the American giant. The next games from developer Bethesda would also be affected.

Hard blow for Microsoft. This Tuesday, several confidential and major projects of the American giant were disclosed on the Internet, after a major leak of more than 38 terabytes of data occurring as part of the group’s takeover of the American video game publisher Activision -Blizzard. Among them are sensitive information, including personal backups of the computers of two employees of the group, passwords but also valuable information on several major projects to come for the American tech giant.

These documents were published while Microsoft was engaged in proceedings against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the American competition watchdog, which was trying to suspend the acquisition of the video game publisher Activision (publisher of games Call of Duty, Candy Crush, World of Warcraft…). «The FTC was not responsible for uploading Microsoft’s plans for its games and consoles to the court’s website», Said a representative of the institution, Douglas Farrar, on X.

The information has already been widely relayed on social networks by several enthusiasts from the world of tech and video games. Among the many discoveries, Microsoft is reportedly planning to release a new version of its Xbox series X – under the code name Brooklin – displaying a futuristic, rounded design and new features. This new console would have no disc drive, have 2 terabytes of storage, and cost $499. In addition, a modernized version of the Xbox Series S console, as well as a new state-of-the-art controller, called Sebile, are also in the works, according to information revealed by the American site The Verge.

Microsoft was also keeping an eye on the launch of the PlayStation 5, Sony’s latest console, expecting to maintain a technological advantage over its competitor. The American company would also like to launch its next generation of consoles in 2028.

Furthermore, the developer Bethesda, which has just released Starfield, would also have important projects in its portfolio. Its next highly anticipated game, The Elder Scrolls 6, would not be scheduled until 2026, and would not be released on PlayStation. Additionally, the studio is reportedly working on remastered versions of these games Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Its teams would also work on the sequel to Dishonored, the next installment in the Doom series, and a sequel to Ghostwire: Tokyo.

For the moment, the American giant has not commented on this leak of information, which is therefore neither confirmed nor denied. But the FTC removed the documents, which were accessible online.


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