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Xbox boss Phil Spencer has teased that the popular online trivia battle royale 1 Vs. 100 could be making a comeback on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. The developer suggested that Microsoft is already working on bringing back a trivia game from the company's past, which seems to be a dead giveaway, really.
Spencer's comments came during an official FanFest livestream over the weekend, as reported by VGC. Ironically, this stream was also supposed to include a special quiz, although technical issues prevented this from going ahead as planned.
"I just want to say, when our teams are trying to do new things that we've never done before, I want to be 100 percent behind those things," Spencer explained on the live stream. "Sometimes they'll turn out amazing, sometimes they'll be good learning experiences for us.
"But for all the fans who have been on this with us, we're going to make it good with you guys. We don't know exactly what it is yet, so thanks for hanging with us during this and our little experiment," he added. We'll learn. Maybe we should even be building our own trivia game, like from our past, that allows people to play a trivia game more often, maybe that could happen..."
The general consensus is that Spencer was almost certainly referencing 1 Vs. 100, the MMO trivia game that ran for two seasons on Xbox 360 back in 2009. The show ran weekly over on Xbox Live, and pitted a single player ("The One") against 100 other players ("The Mob").
The One could win 10,000 Microsoft points if they were able to out-smart every single member of The Mob across a series of trivia questions. If The Mob won, they would get to split those points and pocket a free game. Not bad at all.
Spencer previously called out 1 Vs. 100 as a classic Xbox title that Microsoft would love to bring back at some point. In fact, he revealed in an interview last year that talks had taken place looking into how and when they might do it.
"We should do it again," he explained to Stevivor in November 2019. "The problem with 1 vs 100 specifically is it's an IP that's owned by a game show company.
"But I'll say Matt [Booty, head of Xbox Game Studios] and I have had a lot of discussions about the idea, whether it's that IP specifically or just the idea of what it was, is something that we'd love to go do."
Bring on The Mob, that's all I'll say.
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