Microsoft partners with Crytek for 360 exclusive

E3 2010: Independent developer creating Codename: Kingdoms, an original intellectual property, exclusively for the Xbox 360.

LOS ANGELES--At Microsoft's press briefing this morning, Microsoft Game Studios executive vice president Phil Spencer took the stage and announced the company's latest partner and its newest game.

From the creator of Crysis comes a new Xbox 360 exclusive.
The executive announced that Crytek will create an original IP and debut it exclusively on the Xbox 360. The developer is best known as the studio behind the Crysis series, the original Far Cry title, and the CryEngine.

The live-action trailer showed an armored warrior covered in wounds, later approached by two others. As the trailer ended, the project's name appeared, revealing Codename: Kingdoms. No additional details on the project were provided at the event.

Germany-based Crytek is currently developing Crysis 2, set to debut on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC this year. Crytek also recently purchased Free Radical, creator of the cult-favored franchise TimeSplitters.

To stay current with this year's expo, check out GameSpot's complete coverage of E3 2010.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

34 comments
sanjeevbgupta
sanjeevbgupta

....exclusively to..... Whom do I complain of "Monopolistic and Restrictive trade practices/agreements" Damn it. End users/Conumsers are always the looooosers -anyway you look at it. Sombody, please ban these exclusive tieups. ("Kingdoms" will be very expensive to me, i'll need to purchase this game and also the "Xbox 360")

MEGA--X
MEGA--X

Microsoft I have only one word..... BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII***!!!!!!!!

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

@imprezawrx Piracy on 360 is nowhere near the levels of PC. What a ridiculous thing to say. As you already pointed out, there is a much bigger PC userbase, but games consistently sell better on 360 than they do on PC. Crytek are just going where the money is. You can't hate them for that. And if you want to play their new game, just go out and get yourself a 360. I hear they're releasing a shiny slim version.

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

If they don't put it on pc or make some pc exclusives crytek will go into the evil books. You can just abandon you fan base without them caring. Plus crytek should realize x360 piracy is just as bad as on pc considering how much bigger the pc user base is.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

LOL, ps3 gets an exclusive, peeps happy, 360 gets an exclusive, PC fans get so mad, because they are used to sharing titles with the 360. Thats funny too because the one thing 360 gets bashed for a lot is not having exclusives because they are all shared with PC. I personally would rather have one or the other, and not both.

dakan45
dakan45

Yeah i hate companies who ally with ms for xbox exclusives, why? Because MS means x360 and not pc. Its like they say they dont care about anything else than that. I kinda see where this is going, they wanted a game to say "here check what crytek made on the x360, x360 has better graphics than ps3"

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Microsoft has a different way of making exclusives for their system by not creating internal studios but making deals with other companies. Mass Effect, Gears of War, Splinter Cell, Alan Wake are all made by third party studios published under Microsoft. It would be interesting to see if these deals these companies go for is purely Microsoft funded marketing, paid exclusive, timed exclusives what not. Something Microsoft learn from the original Xbox that the big bucks is in publishing and why they closed most of their internal studios.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Crytek must've had such a great time making Crysis 2 on the 360, that they didn't want the fun to end. I suppose making a brand new, exclusive game for the 360 was the best way for the fun times to continue.

snake289
snake289

Guessing that Crytek sold out me thinks.

shkar
shkar

may be it will be a Time exclusive....

RavenLoud
RavenLoud

@dakan45, you mean like Epic games(the company) or epic as just epic lol

dakan45
dakan45

Ahh, crytek is becoming epic. :(

Oxy80
Oxy80

its set in ancient roman era, its third person, so i think its going to be a third person action game similar to God of War. But thats from what info we have right now but idk hopefully its good i dont really like third person action slashers like god of war or bayonetta or even devil may cry just not my cup of tea plus very strange that crytek would be making a game like that

laptop12
laptop12

lol, M$ always paying for a stand alone 3rd party to make games for them, and called it exclusive, i dont see any enthusiasm

H_U_R_D
H_U_R_D

anything crytek makes is awesome, im so down for this game

ken007
ken007

I saw the trailer... it was very informative.

lbptoady
lbptoady

@Ohairdere I don't think many PS3 fanboys care. The thing that makes us mad is when 360 fanboys say ps3 fanboys are gonna get angry. If anyone whines it is Micro$oft who has to buy their way into exclusives.

Ohaidere
Ohaidere

Incoming massive PS3 fanboy whining.

gah468
gah468

Damn, Microsoft just buys anything, but still doesn't care about the people who buy their stuff.

FaintRain
FaintRain

according to GT,it's a third person action game and seems an answer from MS to GOWIII (Even though MS denied that they answer anyone)

yoooomannnn
yoooomannnn

Come on Crytek, where's your professed PC love now?

True_Chaos_UK
True_Chaos_UK

SPARTICUS of WAR No telling what this will be but teaser looks good.

lanejj1
lanejj1

They released a trailer at the MS Conference, I saw it on SpikeTV HD just a couple of minutes ago, and it's taken place around the Ancient Romans time.

THA-TODD-BEAST
THA-TODD-BEAST

I've been looking for the right time to abandon PC gaming all-together and perhaps even the entire world of gaming itself. I think that time is now.

Lycan1990
Lycan1990

I've heard about this MMO from Crytek comming out... I thought it would be a Crysis like MMO, but maybe this is actually it... Would be cool to see an MMo on the Xbox360

AdamK47
AdamK47

If that's not selling out then I don't know what is.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Didnt really get to see anything during the trailer

rockdawg
rockdawg

I'll be more excited about this if Crytek can prove with Crysis 2 that they make games that are as good as their tech.