Xbox Games Studios and InXile Entertainment announce Clockwork Revolution for Xbox Series X|S and PC

During the June 2023 Xbox Games Showcase, Xbox Games Studios and InXile Entertainment (Wasteland 3announced Clockwork Revolution, a time-bending first-person steampunk action RPG set to release for Xbox Series X|S and PC. A release date was not announced.

Inxile promises unprecedented narrative & visual reactivity, time-bending combat, character customization & deep RPG systems

An announcement trailer, details, and screenshots can be found below, via Xbox and InXile.


  • During Xbox Games Showcase 2023, inXile entertainment announced a new time traveling first-person action RPG Clockwork Revolution for Xbox Series X|S and PC. 
  • Explore the Victorian-era metropolis of Avalon, where key moments of its history have been secretly altered to bring wealth and power to the elite. 
  • Clockwork Revolution pushes roleplaying reactivity to new heights, where changes you make in the past can butterfly out to extraordinary and sometimes unexpected outcomes. 

On behalf of everyone at inXile entertainment, we’re thrilled to share an early glimpse of the incredible steampunk world of Clockwork Revolution.  We’d like to share a bit more about what you saw in the trailer, as well as tease some aspects you may not have noticed. 

This is a fantastical, first-person action RPG, with dynamic time-bending combat, deep interconnected roleplaying systems, and the ability to create your own unique character from the ground up. The project is led by Game Director Chad Moore and Principal Designer Jason Anderson, who just happen to have created one of the greatest steampunk RPGs of all time—Arcanum. 

Setting and Story 

Clockwork Revolution takes place in the vibrant Victorian-era metropolis of Avalon, where steam trains fly overhead, wealthy industrialists replace their limbs with ornate clockwork prosthetics, and mechanical servants fulfill their masters’ every whim.  

But this new age of wonders holds a dark secret—it’s been carefully constructed by the ruthless Lady Ironwood. Through use of a time travel device, she’s changed key moments in Avalon’s history, keeping the working class struggling in the slums and factories, while bringing herself immense wealth and power. That’s where you come in… 

Time Travel and The Chronometer 

Discovering Ironwood’s scheme, you’ll use a wondrous device known as the Chronometer to travel back in time, choose how to influence the past, and then return to the present to experience the effects of your decisions. Through unprecedented and complex visual and narrative depth, the choices you make on your trips into the past will change the people, the stories, and the city of Avalon itself in extraordinary and (very often) unexpected ways. In Clockwork Revolution we’re pushing roleplaying reactivity to new heights, infused with the unique texture and personality that you’ve come to expect from our games. 

This is an exciting project for us at inXile. Not only is Clockwork Revolution our first fully-fledged Xbox Game Studios release, but from start to finish we’re utilizing the resources and support of Microsoft and Xbox to create our studio’s first AAA first-person action RPG. We’re still early in development, but hope you enjoyed this pre-alpha sneak peek, and we look forward to sharing more… in due time.