M'soft brings TGS, X06 to XBL

Flood of content from Tokyo Game Show and X06 to hit Xbox 360 from September 20-29; game from "major franchise" headed to Xbox Live Arcade.

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At this year's E3, many Xbox 360 owners got a chance to see the Halo 3 trailer around the same time that selected members of the press saw it for the first time. During the week of E3, Microsoft opened up the floodgates and posted several pieces of content on Xbox Live Marketplace, including demos, videos, and other goodies that were simultaneously making their debuts at the trade show.

Needless to say, gamers gobbled up the new content in record-setting fashion, with 5 million downloads passing through the pipeline in just one week--more than a fifth of all Xbox 360 downloads up to that point.

With E3 well in the rear view mirror, gamers are looking toward this weekend's Tokyo Game Show and next week's X06 event in Barcelona, Spain, for industry news. Following the success of the Xbox Live Marketplace experiment with E3, Microsoft will also have plenty of downloadable content for the two upcoming events.

Beginning September 20, Xbox 360 owners signed up for Xbox Live can check out highlights from press briefings, behind-the-scenes videos, new game demos, and never-before-seen trailers. Most of the content will only be available on Xbox Live Marketplace through September 29.

One Xbox Live Arcade title will be available each week, including a previously unannounced game from a "major franchise" making its way into Marketplace for the first time.

Microsoft isn't ready to reveal which game demos will be available, but gamers can expect new game videos from yet-to-be-announced games and from the following upcoming titles:

Call of Duty 3 (Activision)
Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 (Tecmo)
Forza Motorsport 2 (Microsoft Game Studios)
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men (Eidos)
Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom (Microsoft Game Studios)
Need for Speed Carbon (EA)
Project Sylpheed (Square Enix)
Shrek 3 (Activision)
Viva Piñata (Microsoft Game Studios)

The inclusion of Shrek 3 in the above list is the first confirmation that the green ogre will be headed towards Microsoft's next-generation console. No other platforms for the game have been announced.

New picture packs and themes from games such as Alan Wake, Fable 2, Mass Effect, and Forza Motorsport 2 will also be available, as will a free picture pack and an exclusive scene from the upcoming season of Battlestar Galactica.

According to the UK Xbox.com, the promotion will be accompanied by a free trial of Xbox Live Gold for all UK-based Xbox Live users, courtesy of Windows Live Spaces. From September 20 to 29, all who have signed up for an Xbox Live account will be able to enjoy the service's premium content, including online multiplayer gaming. A similar promotion will take place in Japan, but there are no plans to bring the free trial to the US.

Discussion

215 comments
RangedReCoN
RangedReCoN

All I want are Call Of Duty 3, Halo 3 and Halo Wars demos/more videos.

ElectrolightSH
ElectrolightSH

I hope there will be a demo of Halo Wars sometime soon.

-Twilight-
-Twilight-

That it does, ChaoMan, that it does.

adijan
adijan

CoD 3 will be great.

westsider101
westsider101

About the F.E.A.R. demo big deal it was released a year ago but not everyone has a P.C and for everyone who is thinking about getting it. DO it it's freaking awsome.

agentsanderson
agentsanderson

your quite lucky boolzero. Bet u had fun trying out those games. Honestly what game do u think exceded expectations. Like the next big thing, any games on the same level as Kameo, Oblivion, Graw, etc? So far most 360 games have been great, but really nothing special.

boolzero
boolzero

Dud you say? I got to play Crackdown, Rain, Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, Project Sylpheed, Smackdown vs Raw 2007, Sonic and Tenchu, among some other games... The TGS wasn't a dud to me, the press just don't seem to be covering it well... They had to have at least 30 games playable for the 360 there (I am American but live in Japan, btw), but with the lack of coverage or even mentioning some of the stuff I see here from the Gamepsot guys, its hard for those who could not go to the show to get the real deal. Sonic, Gundam, Trusty bell, Tenchu, WWE sdvr 2007, the games I mentioned and quite a few others that I can't remember were all playable there. The coverage may be a dud, but the show wasn't bad at all; not as good as last years TGS but not bad et al! Trust me, the show wasn't a dud, at least not from an attending perspective... now the coverage and release of info to the general public who can't make it to these events; that has been poor IMO...

agentsanderson
agentsanderson

Microsft ...what a dissapointment, theyve put up a FEAR demo which has been out on CD for who knows how long .... more so, I dotn want a demo of a game I finished a year ago on a PC. Theres no difference. TGS was a DUD.

Xternal
Xternal

Sorry to be offensive, but here is what i believe.. GEARS OF WAR- Shish. so are all the rest of them.. bar 1.... C A L L O F D U T Y 3 * * * Call of duty is the shish, get used to it :)

agentsanderson
agentsanderson

ITS A DUD. The TGS demos statement was a dud... So far nothing. Only one worthless demo.The way microsoft was hyping it up youd think they had some special demos coming out...

24dude13
24dude13

Yes it was worth waiting more time for the 360 to get their good games

agentsanderson
agentsanderson

no demos, up apart from some jap bull game. Honestly i cant be mad, I have 11 Xbox live demos on my HD and xbox live is really the best service, letting users download free demos is the greatest invention for a console.

meboney1985
meboney1985

XBOX is always on top helping out its xbox live gamers. Demos or no demos the fact that the XBOX 360 will dominate the gaminig world is the most important thing.

chiefmegadeth
chiefmegadeth

Theres not going to be a Gears Of War demo NO WAY!!!! They said they will not release a demo,only after the games out 100%sure, So stop talking crap and geting people happy cause it aint true

agentsanderson
agentsanderson

Where are these demos? Microsoft are full of ish. Im still waiting.

ravage928
ravage928

How do you know there will be a Gears Of War demo? They haven't even said what game it is, let alone online!

majindustin
majindustin

So is that 1 or 2 XBL arcade games, it says one a week, but it's only 9 days...

Real720
Real720

Mmmmmmmm................. Mass Effect................

ravage928
ravage928

When will they put the demo up!! I have been waiting forever! Once it comes up, somebody post here and say it please!!

agentsanderson
agentsanderson

??? STill waiting microsoft, there hasnt been anything new put up on live..

Squids-Ahoy
Squids-Ahoy

Xbox allowing downloadable content through live is awsome to the max.

Tamashii-sosaku
Tamashii-sosaku

There won't be a Lost Oddessey demo on Marketplace. It's already been confirmed that it will come with the November issue of Famitsu in Japan. If and when they actually translate the demo it may get put on European and U.S. marketplace but you know how long it took for the N3 demo to go up and that required pretty minimal translation. Hopefully there will be a nice hi-res direct feed video of the demo trailer though.

Andrew_D28
Andrew_D28

There better be some way to play Lost Oddessey demo!

k-diddy66
k-diddy66

not a very surprising line up

agentsanderson
agentsanderson

Been a while and still no demos, movies, etc. I stayed up on live thinking something would pop up, theres nothing. newly released demos only lists, Nba 2k7, NHL 2k7, and NHL 07. Videos are teh same, and clicking on the TGS banner only brings a list of old bullshi*. SO wheres thestuff at microsoft? am i missing something

mark_unix
mark_unix

fable2 is in the middle of development, i doubt they will show off any gameplay unti Q2 2007.

ImmortalWrath12
ImmortalWrath12

ARRAGHAHHR!!! I Need Fable 2, CoD3, huxley! Give us demos damn you!

SuperbGamer
SuperbGamer

Wow, Shrek 3! I thought the series already ended...

JaMeS4418
JaMeS4418

i didn't know microsoft would be this into tgs. It seems more like a japanese thing

scmbg
scmbg

Really nice things!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I hope the XBL servers will be better this time around. It took forever to download stuff during E3.

mega_egg
mega_egg

hahaha like big woop dee doo over SHREK 3 ... hype for shrek 3? wat a JOKE..... so this is why gamespot have their lips sealed to M$ and Nintendo buttcheecks and continue to bash sony..... ahh well your loss GAMESPOT wen you too get PWNGE

vamroc
vamroc

The major franchise is Sonic the Hedgehog since Microsoft just signed a deal to aquire a sizable portion of Sega's library.

vamroc
vamroc

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men (Eidos) Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom (Microsoft Game Studios) Call of Duty 3 (Activision) Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 (Tecmo) Forza Motorsport 2 (Microsoft Game Studios) Need for Speed Carbon (EA) Gears of War There you go seven deadly reasons to buy a 360 and worth burning in hell for each one.

mariomaniac92
mariomaniac92

Wait....Shrek 3? So is there going to be another movie?....

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

Great news. I loved the E3 downloads. (filled my hardrive) I am looking forward to this.

runstalker
runstalker

Stop using M'soft, Tim. Nobody uses M'soft. It's 'Microsoft' or it's 'MS'. I can appreciate that you wanted to limit the amount of acronyms in one headline, but seriously, M'soft isn't good.

booomer69
booomer69

microsoft agains leads the industry, sony don't forget to take notes so you can copy it.

pp222
pp222

Sony is guaranteed to copy all of this as usual.

_Sam_
_Sam_

that's pretty cool