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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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!

The_Audiophile
The_Audiophile

@famekiller It's not a money grab, this has been a long console generation, and it shows. Recent multii-platform AAA games like Far Cry 3 just aren't smooth experiences, even with sacrifices in visual fidelity. The hardware is outdated. Lots of games struggle to play at 30 FPS, some of them sub 720p native.

H4num4n
H4num4n

@TohouAsura  

You seem to forget that the Xbox had a very strong lineup in the beginning or do you think everyone bought a box just for halo?

Double-Ego
Double-Ego

@TohouAsura Yeah, i expect there to be very few first party titles on the xbox720, especially at launch.. instead we will see more of the same... timed DLC exclusives of games like CoD, in the hopes of capturing that particular section of consumers for their new console.

This is a strategy that works but is also a very lackluster one in my opinion.. as i would rather have more first party titles instead of timed(DLC) exclusives of third party titles.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@DarthLod 

Given that to date, there has not been 1 bit of 'News' about the '720' your comment is nonesense.

You have quite obviously confused 'News' with 'Rumour'

Double-Ego
Double-Ego

@Polygon_Pariah Agreed, especially when it comes to the hardware. No one is waiting for another RROD fiasco to happen.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@1947gamer what makes you think there will be no games at launch?
cancelling games which doesnt looks promising is a natural thing for every publisher.i am pretty sure there was tons of games cancelled before launch on pretty every console in the past.the only difference was,the internet wasnt so present as now.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@scottenman2005 every modded console can do more and better,compared to the original.
I heard as example some PS3 still have different OS on their harddrive

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@gf61 Its only a natural thing to react to competition.Happens in every line of business daily

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

The Xbox was a "good" console. The PS3 is an amazing console. Wii U wants to be a console.

Solid_Azeus
Solid_Azeus

@The_Audiophile @famekiller I play Far Cry 3 on the highest possible graphics and performance settings. I experience neither frame rate issues nor graphic degradation. But I play on a PC.

I always look forward to technological upgrades nonetheless especially those that represent significant step-ups. I wait in anticipation of next-gen.

famekiller
famekiller

@The_Audiophile well then go fork out your cash mate. There's plenty of new releases that have no issues with frame rates. There's more to games than visuals.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

@H4num4n I am talking about X360, in case you didn't realize, which had an extremely shitty lineup.

RussellGorall
RussellGorall

@Double-Ego @Polygon_Pariah The problem isn't the hardware, apparently, though I would rather have surgery on my genitals than trust Microsoft early on with a launch. 


I have paid dearly.

1947gamer
1947gamer

@sladakrobot @1947gamer These companies are notorious for announcing things then pushing them off. Thief4 was announced in 2009 it is now 3013 the game still isn't out and now from the sounds of it it will only be for next-gen consoles. I have been waiting for this game now I'm going to have to spend another 500 bucks to play it. It's BS.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

@Infinity_Gauntl TO be more precise, PS3 was an ambitious but ultimately short-sighted console, WiiU is a "fuck technology!" console, and Xbox360 is a "half-baked wanna-be-better-sony" console.

In general, the 7th gen consoles are really not up to par with the bang their predecessors delivered.

leeko_link
leeko_link

@Infinity_Gauntl 

Actually the PS3 wants to be a supercomputer, not a console but ended up being one. The Xbox 360 was half a console. The Wii U is a console.

famekiller
famekiller

@The_Audiophile @Solid_Azeus    unfortunately consoles will never keep up with PC's. If your only concerns are the latest visuals or frames then stick to PC gaming, consoles ain't for you!

The_Audiophile
The_Audiophile

@Solid_Azeus @The_Audiophile @famekiller 

That's my point. Current consoles are outdated. When you play recent games like FC3 and Bioshock Infinite on PC at 40+ fps, playing on current consoles  is just an un-smooth experience, even after they've lowered the graphic detail. Battlefield 3 is a perfect example. How much did it have to be scaled down for consoles? 

famekiller
famekiller

@The_Audiophile   well i can't name one game that i have any performance issues with. Maybe your console is on its way out. Mines fine!

RussellGorall
RussellGorall

@famekiller @The_Audiophile Yep.


There are just about ten big reasons a more powerful console has me begging to fork out money. Including the extreme lag between generations (at one point this year I considered getting a Wii U it is so bad), the need for a beefier console so only AAA titles that spend as much time optimizing games for older consoles as they do making them.


Add in greater AI, console functionality such as PS4 being able to go back to where you were right before you turned off the console in a game. Then throw in the fact that a lot of new IP's have simply been waiting for a new generation of consoles (think developers like Respawn, Bungie and countless others).


If you need more reasons I am here to urge you forward.

RussellGorall
RussellGorall

@TohouAsura @H4num4n I hate Gears and Halo, but I bought a 360 a month after launch. The 360 was THE current gen console to play just about anything on until about 2008 when the PS3 ports were up to snuff. Not including the Bethesda shitstorms. 

H4num4n
H4num4n

@TohouAsura @H4num4n  

LOL of course i'm talking about 360 too. Google is your friend if you can't remeber. The first 3 years of the 360 were really strong.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@1947gamer The chance would be very,very low for a X360 release.Thief 4 is already confirmed for the PS4.,its easier to make that game on the next Xbox.

1947gamer
1947gamer

@sladakrobot @1947gamer It is but it seems like they said screw their past customers we are going to hold this for the next-gen consoles. If M$ did not announce a new one maybe us 360er's would be able to play the game.

MjnE
MjnE

@leeko_link the wiiU is a bunch of gimmicks thrown together, it has no identity and no purpose.