Xbox prepping 'Weird West' zombie series Deadlands, apocalyptic mini Winterworld

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Apr 29, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT

Apparently Halo was just the beginning. The folks at Microsoft want to use the Xbox to take on everyone from Netflix to TV networks, and they’re moving very quickly to make up ground.

The company has announced a full slate of TV projects in development, to go along with those two Halo series and that alt-future robo drama Humans. Next up: a “Weird West” supernatural series, an ambitious miniseries about a global winter and a stop-motion series from Robot Chicken’s creators.

The new series Deadlands aims to bust a few genres, combining zombies, sorcerers and mad scientists in a “Weird West”-setting. The series will be based on the steampunk role-playing game of the same name.

Winterworld looks to be one of the most ambitious projects on the slate. It's based on Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino’s graphic novel series of the same name. The miniseries will follow survivors of a new global ice age, at a time when humanity has formed tribes to find ways to survive in the new, ice-covered world.

The final project of note for sci-fi fans is Extraordinary Believers, from the studio that brought us the hit Adult Swim series Robot Chicken. Not much is known about the show other than that it’s stop-motion, but if it's coming from the Robot Chicken gang, we’d expect some sci-fi overtones and a whole lot of weirdness.

Though all these shows sound cool, they’re just half of the full development slate. The studio is also cooking up some unscripted fare and a hard-boiled detective thriller based on Warren Ellis’ Gun Machine that has us pretty intrigued. 

Which of these projects are you most looking forward to? Are any of them worth taking the plunge for an Xbox One (assuming you don’t already have one)?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)