Xbox Reportedly Working On Cloud MMO With Developer Mainframe

It's being reported that Xbox Game Studios has partnered with Finnish developer Mainframe to publish its cloud-native MMO, described as "a vibrant world with new ways to engage and connect with our friends."

Both The Xbox Two and VentureBeat are reporting this information, with the latter suggesting that the game goes by the working title Pax Dei, and could be an important project for "highlighting hurdles with cloud-based development."

Mainframe says its title will "mix the best of AAA, MMO and mobile gaming into a social sandbox, playable on any screen", and VentureBeat has advised that the studio is "exploring potential gameplay mechanics that can only work in a game that exists primarily on a remote server."

A key concept is said to be that the mechanics will scale in terms of how complex they are, with the likes of crafting and resource farming said to be great for when playing on a phone or tablet, while "more complex missions like raids" will be best saved for when you're playing on your console or PC.

Xbox Game Studios is reportedly hoping to use the lessons it learns with this title in order to assist Hideo Kojima’s with his reported new Xbox game, although Microsoft and Kojima have still apparently yet to finalise a deal on that project.

Mainframe hasn't commented on the report so far, but says its debut title will be "the game of a lifetime."

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