Episode 101 | “Starfield takes The Initiative”

Nick and Sik return with the latest episode of the XboxEra podcast!

A surprisingly busy week in gaming, there was a plenty to talk about this week, from the latest teases and glimpses of Starfield, to the dooming and glooming around new Xbox Studio The Initiative and their upcoming take on Perfect Dark.

Not only that, but the wonderful Tunic dropped into Game Pass this week, and kicked off a hearty discussion on game design combined with challenge and accessibility.

Plenty more to watch and listen to, so y’know – jump in!


00:00:00 – Going live
00:12:50 – Intro
00:13:28 – Hi everyone! We talk about guests appearances, Nick got another one!
00:16:10 – What have we been playing (big talk about Tunic)
00:36:45 – ID@Xbox Showcase
00:47:37 – Superchat true or not?
00:48:50 – Paramount+ perk with Game Pass Ultimate (we talk a little about Halo TV show too)
00:55:10 – Tangent about streaming services crackdown on password sharing
00:56:47 – Hogwart’s Legacy State of Play (bit of Sony marketing talk and tinfoil hats)
01:01:05 – We have a bit of a chat about the awkwardness of Hogwart’s and JK Rowling
01:07:26 – The Initiative and studio departures
01:16:45 – GT7 vs Forza tangent
01:20:43 – Back to the Initiative and Perfect Dark
01:25:54 – Superchat
01:26:47 – Starfield new development video
01:31:45 – Community Question #1 – Cayde4Ever: Space travel in Starfield
01:35:45 – Ubisoft announces Scalar
01:45:00 – Rumour Mill
01:56:17 – Patron Shout
01:57:38 – Community Questions
01:58:47 – Community Question #2 – NierlyCrazy: What other studios are like The Initiative?
02:03:14 – Community Question #3 – DirtyFlint: Alan Wake is a bad game
02:03:55 – Couple of Superchats
02:04:49 – Community Question #4 – PoderickPayne: A discussion about Moon Studios toxic environment 02:16:33 – Community Question #5 – Creaky Legs: What’s a single player game you kept going back to long after beating it?
02:21:18 – Community Question #6 – ShadowlessEdge: Gaming peripherals. Which ones were your favourites and which would you want to come back?
02:25:00 – Steel Battalion causes a tangent about death in videogames
02:31:59 – Superchat about 2023 Xbox Games
02:34:20 – Community Question #7 – DeoGame: Question about xCloud performance and selling Cloud games
02:44:43 – Community Question #8 – Good Old Collingwood: Your favourite old game manual?
02:48:24 – Community Question #9 – kjemiker: When will Phil retire and who will replace him?
02:50:08 – Community Question #10 – Thebrightestsun: With GT7 stumbling, is it Motorsport’s time to shine?
02:55:45 – Wrapping up
02:58:12 – Ciao for now!


Jon "Sikamikanico" Clarke

Stuck on this god-forsaken island. Father of two, wishes he could play more games but real life always gets in the way. Prefers shorter and often smarter experiences, but Halo is King.

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