Microsoft next-gen titles up to six months behind schedule - Report

Rumour also claims that Microsoft has been forced to cancel multiple Xbox 720 projects.

A new report suggests Microsoft is up to six months behind on development of some of its next-generation titles, and that competitor Sony's upcoming lineup is currently in a better position ahead of its launch later in 2013.

Anonymous sources speaking to Kotaku said Microsoft has had to cancel several of its internal projects, saying that the projects were not coming together as hoped. There is no indication as to what these projects were.

An earlier rumour has said the Xbox 720 will launch with a new Forza Motorsport and Crytek's Ryse.

Kotaku's report states that these internal development difficulties may have been a factor in Microsoft's current desire to secure high-profile exclusive titles to the next-generation platform, starting with Respawn Entertainment's currently unannounced FPS.

Respawn's game is rumoured to be a sci-fi themed, predominantly multiplayer shooter which requires an always-on Internet connection.

Microsoft has said it will unveil its next-generation Xbox on May 21, and will follow that up by revealing its suite of software titles at E3 2013.

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Martin Gaston

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xxunnecessaryxs
xxunnecessaryxs

Microsoft fans enjoy getting robbed and they hate games so...no biggie

Metronoid
Metronoid

Who needs more fps when you will have virtual reality set? 

naju890_963
naju890_963

Why don't they make Doritos Crash Course 2 as a launch title?

famekiller
famekiller

there is still about 20 games on 360 i have still yet to play, so i'm in no hurry to upgrade to a new system. Probably in about 12-18 months time i'll review the situation and i'll make a decision then.  I really can't see why we need new platforms now anyway? I think the 360/PS3 are still putting out some great games. just another money grab i feel. not getting mine!....yet!

golden_ashen
golden_ashen

Sony and PS3 has taught me that games announced at launch aren't always going to BE available at launch, sad case, but that's the way it is. It's even less possible to rely on people when they are third parties because they have their own goals in mind. 

Ryse being Crytek's is new, untested, unknown and for all we know, unfinished. What will Microsoft do if Crytek doesn't want to rush what would be a good game just to make the deadline? Will we end up with a weak launch list lineup?

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

No one was planning to buy the 720 for the exclusives except for Halo and Gears fans, so I don't see the problem with this...

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

Microsoft's lineup is non-existant, as always. Last gen they had the huge benefit of having Epic develop Gears solely for them, and the fact they bought Bungie early on assured them the success of the HALO franchise.

But it's always been a deadmeat product. Microsoft has fallen out of glory since the days of Freelancer and AoE, as far as gaming is concerned.

The more I hear about the X720, the more I laugh and happy I never made the transition.

The fact they hyph Respawn's game (which sounds pretty damn generic and lousy other than the futuristic setting) as a game from the makers of Call Of Duty, comes to show they aren't really looking to deliver an amazing lineup of games, but to deliver a brand.

Meanwhile, SONY has announced the strongest lineup in PlayStation history. Even Nintendo's WiiU is finally getting on it's feet.

SONY at least learned from it's errors, Microsoft has the tendency to keep making them.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Everything is looking bright for PS4. Every single bit of news about 720 is epic fail.

Polygon_Pariah
Polygon_Pariah

I'd rather it be behind and good than rush out the door before its ready.

1947gamer
1947gamer

That's it bring out a console with nothing to play on it. Nice move Microdummies. I'll keep my 360 maybe for ever. I'm fine with the graphics on the 360 I have no reason to change.

scottenman2005
scottenman2005

My MODDED original Xbox from 2004 can still do more things better then my 360 ever could... A shame the illegal things from hackers are always 9000 x better then out of box vanilla experience... sigh 

gf61
gf61

Well when you change your specs last minute in response to the competition this is what happens!

Dieofnv
Dieofnv

T -20 excited and worried about the 720

i just hope the 720 is not a always on console, if it is im going to get a PS4 


Diablo-B
Diablo-B

This is sad. The 360 was a very good console although it had some quality issues early on. But it was good. But all these rumors make it sound like they are doing everything possible to screw over core gamers and to squeeze every cent they can out of the main stream crowd. 

I don't wanna jump to conclusions yet but, knowing M$ shady history from the 90s its hard to give them the benefit of the doubt.

kangsta1111
kangsta1111

Its clear to Microsoft that if they launch with whatever products they have, games, hardware, new features etc. It will get slaughtered by the PS4.

I am not saying the PS4 is the GOAT gaming machine, but compared to other consoles, nintendo, Microsoft and even tablet forms of gaming, it is superior in almost every aspect.

Microsoft know this and simply have to re-organise to produce a better product, even if they dont have it available until early to mid or even late next year. 

VBVCSHARP
VBVCSHARP

I'll pass judgement after the console is released and I see some games.   The same goes for PS4.

Neo_OnionKnight
Neo_OnionKnight

Always-on-line and behind schedule? So they'll rush....maybe software setup will go wrong, components made of cheap materials not to specs...the console will red ring when people buy it fresh off the shelves...


If I listen closely....I can hear Sony partying. But lets not get too carried away these are just rumors....The real fun begins later in May! When the rumors become reality....


Then we will dealwithit...

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

So long as the games aren't rushed this doesn't particularly bother me.. not that I'll be buying the '720' anyway.  The PS3 had about 3 games to choose from on launch, it was dire.  But 6 years down the line I've got to say I didn't regret purchasing one, doubt the Xbox gamers will either.

I'm sure as hell interested to see the titles (for both parties) at this years E3.  It's gona be awesome!

Skinon
Skinon

SO now they are gonna rush the titles and patch the shit outta them... 

Typical.

TheDarkSpot
TheDarkSpot

They were probably too busy with their "always-online" bullshit.

Deingerous
Deingerous

I think if MS doesn't come out strong on the 21st and E3 then they should delay console launch till next year, if the launch isn't strong wait till next year don't show up with just "promises" alone. 

Gamertag-TFTW
Gamertag-TFTW

Xbox has had a long time to build up a fan base but I'm certainly not dying to run out and find this thing.  I need more confidence about traditional play.

AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

Between this, Kinect watching you sleep, the always-online nonsense, and...WiiU, Sony just has to show up to win, man. Maybe that can be their thing: "We promise not to screw you as hard as those other guys."

Onlinefire
Onlinefire

No it's not Xbox is biggest bad game

ToughCritic28
ToughCritic28

What's with the old timey spelling of "rumour"? 

Ye old xbox rumour.

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

That's not good for a console that hasn't even released yet.

FernoFrY
FernoFrY

show me a press release gamespot, not some half-arsed rumour which you regurgitated 

Davhut
Davhut

I have to say that the more rumours come out from the rumour mill, the more I'm glad I'm upgrading my pc.  Also as a failsafe I am returning to Playstation with the 4 iteration.  As the launch line up looks very good indeed.  I haven't given up on the new xbox mind, just going to be a lot more cautious on when I will purchase it.  Being an eternal optimist, I'm sure it will survive its birthing pains and be an awesome piece of kit. ( Fingers crossed tightly behind my back ) :D

S1mmas
S1mmas

The end of m$, good luck with always online crap, as much as i love my x360 i wont buy console that needs constant internet connection

Shinteikun
Shinteikun

Power-wise  yes... but it's all about games. I've always had a great PCs, but I've always played consoles more.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Damn, one of those cancelled project better not be Killer Instinct 3.

Vodoo
Vodoo

They should get that game, Devils Third, from Tomonobu Itagaki and Valhalla Games. I can be almost certain that it's a quality game and the last I heard was that they lost their publisher. But that was a year ago, so hopefully they got picked up. If not, that would be a great game for Microsoft to secure for the 720.


zpluffy
zpluffy

Rumors, rumors rumors

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

For some reason, I found my gaming PC laughing to himself (yes, its a boy) and strutting around the room (he is very sure of himself lately).

Please consoles, stop giving him more reasons to be arrogant.


Blue-Sky
Blue-Sky

Xbox 360's launch was pretty bad. 

Look how that turned out. 

barleybosh
barleybosh

Wait, LOL, why are people saying Microsoft is failing? XBOX is going to dominate from the moment it's announced, until the generation after comes out. Hush, Sony fanboys. You already lost the war last generation. Don't make fools of yourselves again.

kelborn3
kelborn3

Internet and rumors. If u dont hear something from an official source, no point writing about it. Anyone can say, whatever comes into their minds, whether thats true or not. 

Microsoft is already in a  bad marketing position regarding their next box, no point adding oil to the fire.

Godly_Kongming
Godly_Kongming

Weird M$ fails as always.  They truly will have nothing but a new gears and COD

wyan_
wyan_

Nothing to worry about. Every generation each console has ridiculous delays for their first gen software.

JAIBOT
JAIBOT

I swear i won't get one if you need to always be online to play. Thats disgusting!

NINEINCH-Tool
NINEINCH-Tool

Ru-mmors, Fav-orit, ca-lor = stew-pid. We already have patua. Teach your people some god-dang english.

UnstoppableKARL
UnstoppableKARL

Didn't Major Nelson laugh off Sony's event by them not "showing" the PS4?  So, come November, we get to see the next Xbox, but with next to nothing to play on it.

Oh, and you still need the internet to fuel it. -_-

Cillah187
Cillah187

I have heard nothing but bad news abot this console. So far I will only be getting it because I need it for my console collection. The PS4 on the other hand is sounding better and better each time I read about it.