Microsoft creating franchise that blends games and film

Company hiring producer to contribute to "AAA core game" that meshes games with hollywood and TV.

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Halo maker Microsoft is staffing up for a new game that "blends the best elements of games and TV/film," according to a job advertisement spotted by Videogamer. The company is seeking an experienced producer to come aboard to contribute to the "exciting new AAA core game."

The job ad says Microsoft aims to "add new blood" to its existing stable of franchises, which includes Halo, Fable, Forza Motorsport, and Gears of War, with this new series. A qualified candidate for the position will not only need to have experience shipping AAA games, but also experience with TV and film production.

Last month, Microsoft rebranded its Vancouver outfit Black Tusk Studios and said the developer was at work on "Microsoft's next big entertainment franchise." Before that, Microsoft hired former CBS Television executive Nancy Tellem to join as the president of the company's Entertainment and Digital Media division. She and her team will develop "unique, compelling storytelling experiences" at a new production studio in Los Angeles, California.

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ApocaLeepse
ApocaLeepse

Weren't they trying to do something like this with Halo at some point?

SPBoss
SPBoss

I swear i predicted hollywood and gaming would blend at some point! I said this in a thread on gamespot like 2-3 years ago!

weapon_d00d816
weapon_d00d816

"Halo maker Microsoft..." I stopped right there. Microsoft does nothing more than supervise and give s***y input. They're just a publisher.

noize_suppress
noize_suppress

Used to love the film sequences in Dark Forces 2 Jedi Knight.

se007
se007

Alan Wake had it TV Show feel, so what's the deal? They just could've continue the series.

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

I think they saw Uncharted success and now The Last of Us expectations and realize they need something like.

Renato1984
Renato1984

Someone please, introduce Phantasmagoria and Gabriel Knight 2 to those sorry MS employees.

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

given the production values of AAA games, i'm surprised other games studios aren't looking for people with tv/movie experience

zj_pyro
zj_pyro

So games like Uncharted, Metal Gear, Heavy Rain, L.A Noire, Asura's Wrath and any Telltale game that is out to date?

chatphon
chatphon

not sure if it is a good decision for games or a trilogy series, but surely worth to try if they didnt intend to go "all about business".

robertcain
robertcain

''Sigh'' We all know that movies and games simply don't go well together at all, be it the awful Thor: God of Thunder or the terrible Max Payne movie among many others. Games like Metal Gear Solid and Mass Effect just create their own immersive and detailed stories. The only game that can claim to have fully utilised the license it was based on in my opinion is ''The Walking Dead'' because it created a completely new story that added to the universe.

Oldgun
Oldgun

Sony- Been there; done that..

b1gt0ne
b1gt0ne

Scene it says hi....

staranise
staranise

hire hideo kojima at the helm then maybe....................

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

lemmings always blame that ps3 got too many game movie ........ 

brevick
brevick

metal gear has been doing it since 1999 and none has done it better

brevick
brevick

metal gear had been doing it since 1999

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

I have the feeling it'll come off as trying too hard with getting a lot of potential "talent" but not knowing what to do with it (i.e. this year's philadelphia eagles, as much as it pains me to say).  As others have said, hopefully they don't try to be like Heavy Rain, I couldn't even get the demo to hook me, it just dragged on.  And games that have a compelling story anymore seem to be not AAA games, like Journey and apparently The Walking Dead (I prob won't play it as I have no care for the source material, but it seems the story is very good on an emotional level).

soulless4now
soulless4now

I won't be surprised if it's compatible with Kinect 2 in some way. 

moviequest14
moviequest14

I really hope this isn't a Heavy Rain attempt. I never got why that game was so popular and successful . EASILY my least favorite Sony ip. I like games I can actually play , not cinematics with sparse real time events.

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

Wow, Microsoft are actually coming up with something new? And I just bought a PS3 because Microsoft don't do that.  Oh well, hopefully it is something good, but it's probably next gen anyway.

vault-boy
vault-boy

Call me a skeptic but I'm not to sure about this. There has never been a single good game that was advertised as being 'cinematic'. But then again, considering they will be combining the best of TV and video games I suspect you'll at least be playing as Walter White killing demons from Hell.

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

i'm not sure if they mean to make their own "Heavy Rain" or something like just more cinematic...

Salanderr
Salanderr

Microsoft finally working on a new game that isn't Halo or Gears? I can hardly believe my eyes. About time too. The 360 has been riding on just Gears and Halo for too long. And why did this article state Fable as a Microsoft exclusive? You can get Fable games on PC now. 

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

YAAAAAY, NOW WE'LL GET MORE INTERACTIVE MOVIE-- I MEAN, GAMES!

 

Go away, Microsoft. You have been a blight on gaming for long enough.

R2C25
R2C25

Microsoft is not on the market to compete with 3rd parties. Xbox360 is developer friendly enough that Microsoft is just sitting back and focusing on other stuff mostly.

$ony on the other hand has to compensate the lack of good ports on ps3 with their games.

Jyakotu
Jyakotu

Wow, Microsoft only has 4 IPs for the Xbox 360? That's kind of sad.

shadowboy88
shadowboy88

Good to know, even though the exclusives they have are really good and popular, it would be nice to see something other than shooters as exclusives for once

a1br0wn
a1br0wn

 @Salanderr

 

You're an idiot. Fable is on PCs, yes, but it's a GFW title. The franchise is still wholly owned by Microsoft, so stating that it's not an "exclusive" is stupid. Besides, the PC is where Microsoft got it's start. Something tells me you're one of those people that bitches if they don't put out games on the PC, yet wants more AAA exclusives on the 360 at the same time. That sort of logic is flawed. It's like complaining that 90% of Sony's exclusives aren't "exclusive" anymore because they're either on the PSP or the Vita as well as the PS3.

kidnatural
kidnatural

 @TohouAsura I could copy and paste your entire comment, replacing the word Microsoft with Sony, and be referencing Uncharted and Heavy Rain.

 

But that would make me negative, for little reason more than to show everyone else I'm pessimistic. Was that your goal? Childish looking pessimism? 

a1br0wn
a1br0wn

 @TohouAsura 

 

Why must fanboy chodes like you exist on every single comment section?!

kidnatural
kidnatural

 @Jyakotu Yep, Microsoft only has 4 IPs for the 360.

1) Halo

2) Gears of War

3) Fable

4) Forza Motorsport

4) Banjo-Kazooie

4) Viva Pinata

4) Perfect Dark

4) The Gunstringer

4) Lococycle

4) All Kinect exclusives, like Kinect Adventures.

4) Kameo

4) ....

 

There is a difference in meaning between having IPs and stable (aka popular) IPs. 

edinko
edinko

it wasnt a game. it was an interactive movie. there was no gamplay to speak of.

Salanderr
Salanderr

 @a1br0wn Haha, you're calling me an idiot and you think that a game on PC and 360 is an exclusive. I don't think you know what exclusive means. 

white_wind
white_wind

 @kidnatural  @Jyakotu

 umm, you kinda proven his point actually.. since only AAA IPs count.

 

 but seriously, MS has 5 exclusives, the first 4 plus Alan Wake, 

Salanderr
Salanderr

 @a1br0wn  @kidnatural Yeah it's cool man. I get what you are saying now. Fable isn't an xbox exclusive, but it's still a Microsoft exclusive. Just like some games on PSVita and PS3 are exclusive to Sony but not to individual consoles. 

a1br0wn
a1br0wn

 @Salanderr  @kidnatural 

 

First of all, sorry for calling you an idiot. I just got off work and wasn't having a good day. Apologies. Now, if you want to get all technical, you could say there are different types of exclusives:

 

1) Games exclusive to a specific platform, like Halo 4, Heavy Rain, Gears of War 2 and 3, etc. etc. and

 

2) Franchises exclusively owned by a corporation, like Fable and pretty much any Sony or Nintendo IP, that span numerous platforms associated with that corporation. 

 

That's the way I've always viewed them, which is why I dislike people begrudging Microsoft for putting a lot of their 360 "exclusives" on PC eventually. That's their home turf, where they got started, and they get a lot of flak from PC gamers when they don't put their big 360 games on PC as well. Y'know, like how Gears of War 1 and Halo 1 and 2 are all playable on the PC, yet their sequels aren't. I imagine it's a pretty tough situation for them to be in, trying to please all of their fans.

Salanderr
Salanderr

 @kidnatural  @a1br0wn I guess I always saw exclusives as a game that's available on only one platform. Something that's on 360 but also PC isn't an exclusive to me.

kidnatural
kidnatural

 @Salanderr  @a1br0wn He's right though, but he shouldn't have called you an idiot. It's no different than Halo CE. It isn't an Xbox exclusive, but it's still always been a Microsoft platform 1st party title. No different than if Naughty Dog created a game for the PS Vita, it's still a Sony exclusive.

 

You'd be getting far too semantical if you limit exclusivity to the 360 only.