The Medium devs discuss how the game is optimised for Xbox Series X

By Heidi Nicholas,
Psychological horror game The Medium is the upcoming title from Blair Witch developers Bloober Team, launching for Xbox Series X this holiday. The devs have now discussed how the game will be optimised for the next-gen console.

Xbox first unveiled the Optimised for Xbox Series X badge in June. Now, speaking on the latest Xbox Wire post, producer Jacek Zieba discusses how the Xbox Series X allows Bloober Team to "realize our vision for The Medium." Zieba says several Xbox Series X features have a big impact: "the SSD and how it allows for no noticeable loading times is certainly a big deal for us... also, the sheer power of the CPU and GPU lets you go a bit crazy with your gameplay ideas, and we believe the new hardware will quickly change how games are being designed." Bloober Team is aiming for a "heavy, disturbing atmosphere" with the game through music and environment and other immersive features, and Zieba says this lack of loading screens in particular makes "these methods... so much more effective."

The Medium will feature 4K resolution and DirectX Raytracing, and Zieba says these features "fits our game and its genre the best": 4K helps to "showcase the art style and environment" while raytracing "adds to the atmosphere." Bloober Team designed the game for the Xbox Series X: it's a "next-gen only game", and they have no porting plans, so Zieba says "the Xbox Series X will offer the experience we always meant for the game."

The game's description reads: "Become a medium living in two different worlds: the real one and the spirit one. As a medium with access to both worlds, you have a wider perspective and can see more clearly that there’s no one simple truth to what others perceive." Zieba says the team is "heavily using the CPU and GPU for the interactions between the real world and the spirit world." So far, the trailer embedded above is the only glimpse of the game we've had, yet Zieba says there's "still so much to reveal", including a "core gameplay feature". We'll update you when Bloober gives more info on The Medium.

The Medium launches for Xbox Series X this holiday, and will come to Xbox Game Pass.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!