CHECKPOINT: Should you be concerned about Xbox Game Studios and The Initiative?

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Welcome to CHECKPOINT. The show where we stop to break down all the biggest Xbox and PC gaming news stories of the week so far. In this week's episode, we dive headfirst into the latest developments regarding Perfect Dark, The Initiative, and the state of Xbox Game Studios, Elden Ring's impressive official sales figures and why it's one the best RPGs on Xbox, and some development updates for the Dead Space Remake.

What is CHECKPOINT?

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Our goal with CHECKPOINT is to deliver a quick and convenient way for our audience to digest Xbox news each and every week. We view this as a hybrid format that combines our favorite elements of standard news recaps with added editorial opinions and conversations from myself and my co-host Jez Corden. The current target length for a standard episode will be 15 to 20 minutes. As we already deliver a weekly gaming podcast called Xbox Chaturdays, we want to ensure that CHECKPOINT serves as a more digestible standalone video series on the Windows Central Gaming channel.

The news covered this week

  • Elden Ring's official sales figures — 00:20
  • Are we excited about the Dead Space remake? — 06:18
  • Developers are leaving The Initiative11:28
  • Should we be worried about Xbox Game Studios? — 19:00

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Miles Dompier is a Freelance Video Producer for Windows Central, focusing on video content for Windows Central Gaming. In addition to writing or producing news, reviews, and gaming guides, Miles delivers fun, community-focused videos for the Windows Central Gaming YouTube channel. Miles also hosts Xbox Chaturdays every Saturday, which serves as the Windows Central Gaming weekly podcast.

1 Comment
  • I think what is going on with The Initiative is worrying, but that isn't indicative of XGS as a whole. Unless we see similar issues elsewhere I don't think a blanket worry is justified. So far it's just The Injustice and 343 Industries that have been shown negatively (that I can think of). And that's only two of however many developers are under XGS now.