Gears of War, Age of Empires and more Microsoft games could be turned into Xbox TV shows

Microsoft unveiled the first TV and movie projects that it will release and/or develop as part of its Xbox Entertainment Studios division earlier today, under its Xbox Originals banner. However, the company is already thinking ahead towards using Microsoft's games IP as source material for future TV shows.

Polygon reports that Xbox Entertainment Studios is currently in very early discussions with the game studios behind titles like Gears of War, Age of Empires, Fable, Forza and State of Decay to see if they could be developed as TV projects. Microsoft Entertainment president Nancy Tellem is quoted as saying:

In the past, for example, when you look at Gears of War, Hollywood has approached the game studio and they've tried to develop features. The thing that's great is that we're effectively their in-house arm, where we're conscious about the brand, about the fans, and we take their lead as opposed to the other way around.

The company is already working on a Halo live action TV series, with Steven Spielberg as one of its executive producers, along with a separate Halo digital feature project with Ridley Scott as one of its producers. In fact, Polygon reports that filming for the Halo feature is scheduled to begin sometime this week.

Source: Polygon | Image via Microsoft

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Microsoft keeps doing all this 'me too' stuff. Microsoft should focus and come up with their own ideas. I can't see anything fantastic coming from this.

If it's anything like the way I've seen some people play it, it'll consist of a lot of wall building and many towers. A somewhat effective tactic, especially if you're on a custom map and the gold is in easy to encircle regions.

This is getting ridiculous. Microsoft has been talking about its recommitment to PC gaming numerous times over the years and yet it hasn't released a proper Age Of Empires game for nearly a decade. In that time we've seen a F2P game that was poorly received and has already shut down, a tablet game and now there's talk of a TV show but still no proper PC release.

Microsoft is so out of touch with PC gamers.

theyarecomingforyou said,
This is getting ridiculous. Microsoft has been talking about its recommitment to PC gaming numerous times over the years and yet it hasn't released a proper Age Of Empires game for nearly a decade. In that time we've seen a F2P game that was poorly received and has already shut down, a tablet game and now there's talk of a TV show but still no proper PC release.

Microsoft is so out of touch with PC gamers.

How do you know that they aren't tackling PC games in a different way such as being a publisher or exec producer? Committing back to PC games doesn't necessarily mean making them. they could just fund them and let other make them, and then throw the games on Steam or GOG or whatever.

Why is getting into the streaming server ridiculous?

I can understand it, not being your thing. But others find it, as a great thing to do (including myself).

Showan said,

How do you know that they aren't tackling PC games in a different way such as being a publisher or exec producer? Committing back to PC games doesn't necessarily mean making them. they could just fund them and let other make them, and then throw the games on Steam or GOG or whatever.

Why is getting into the streaming server ridiculous?

I can understand it, not being your thing. But others find it, as a great thing to do (including myself).


Committing isn't just sitting back and funding a game though, as they've been doing that and PC gamers like myself aren't satisfied. It's not a commitment at all.

However, I'll hold my tongue further until the summer comes along. They've said they'll be announcing something then, and even suggested that they wouldn't be trying to rival Steam (thank god). I'm all for competition, but only when it makes sense and right now, PC gaming could use Microsoft's support.

Hopefully, we see something fantastic come this summer.

Showan said,
How do you know that they aren't tackling PC games in a different way such as being a publisher or exec producer? Committing back to PC games doesn't necessarily mean making them. they could just fund them and let other make them, and then throw the games on Steam or GOG or whatever.

No new Age Of Empires game has been announced for the PC and there hasn't been a proper release since 2005, while we've seen games on tablet, handheld (Nintendo DS) and now talk of a TV show. In fact Microsoft closed the studio responsible for Age Of Empires, after forcing them to release a failed Halo RTS game on X360.

Microsoft seems to have contempt for PC gamers.

They could broadcast Braveheart and say its AoE2's tutorial campaign's movie.

Makes me wonder. Is there even a campaign from AoE2 that hasn't been used in a movie or series?

Nick H. said,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...amp;list=PL8633F3D2BE3B4415

The Mortal Kombat webseries seemed quite good from the first episode. Haven't seen the rest, though. (Y)

Yeah, that's the Tancharoen MK: Legacy series with Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan (don't forget to see MK: Rebirth first). I liked it and even bought it on BD and S2 was ok too (why no BD yet, WB?), but was looking forward to a real kick-ass movie and they killed it. :(

I say go for it. Take advantage of all the IP and see if any of it can translate into an entertaining show. I could see something some of those games providing the basis for good shows, so I'm very interested in seeing what they come up with.