Xbox 720 launching with Ryse, new Forza - Report

Sources say Crytek's Kinect game, new racing title with "super life-like" graphics to release with Microsoft's new console this year.

Multiple sources with knowledge of Microsoft's plans have told The Verge that the Xbox 720's launch lineup includes an updated version of Crytek's Kinect game Ryse and a new "super life-like" Forza game.

Ryse was announced during the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo for Xbox 360 as "Codename Kingdoms." The Roman-themed action game was later renamed Ryse, but never made it to market, despite Microsoft confirming it was not canceled.

The Verge's sources suggest Crytek and Microsoft Studios have rewritten the game to leverage the Xbox 720, reportedly set for a launch later this year. These people described Ryse as Microsoft's next "Gears of War / Halo mega launch title."

Ryse is just one of the Xbox 720's launch titles, the source said, adding that a "super life-like" Forza title, a zombie game, and a family game set on an island with Pixar-style graphics are also part of Microsoft's launch plans. The family game is rumored to use Kinect to scan a player's body to create a virtual character within the game world.

These four games are just a "small selection" of the next Xbox's launch titles, the sources said. First-person shooter games from third-parties will reportedly make up a healthy contingent of Xbox 720 launch titles.

Lastly, The Verge's sources suggest Microsoft is planning to update Xbox Live for the Xbox 720. One such revision will be dropping Microsoft Points in favor of real-world currency, the sources said. Microsoft is rumored to announce the Xbox 720 during an event on May 21 before more details are shared at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo in early June.

A Microsoft representative told GameSpot, "We do not comment on rumors or speculation. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform, but we don't have anything further to share at this time."

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daabulls23
daabulls23

Not just life like, SUPER LIFE LIKE!

edhc44
edhc44

Is anyone else out there still thoroughly satisfied with their current gen Xboxes? =/

Albaficas
Albaficas

another flopza and more kinects games lol how original MS 

PS4

LONG

LIVE

PLAY


Allergicarc
Allergicarc

Awesome! I just got some Microsoft Points for free from freemspointsforever com

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

New Xbox = coool! Forza 3.3 = a massive mistake.

I won't be buying on release for this sort of reason and if there aren't any actually decent games at release or reasonably soon after I'll be giving my money to Sony.

I do understand this isn't an official list though so it may turn out fine in the end.

Amster_G
Amster_G

Cool. I could use a bowl of ryse with my Xbox 720 purchase. Decent gamers food.

TTDog
TTDog

Any chance of GS reporting facts as opposed to "rumours" or "reports"?

Didn't think so.

steelmouth
steelmouth

Ryse as Microsoft's next "Gears of War / Halo mega launch title." <----------- this is music to my ears but only if ryse is a true xbox game with non of that kinect ish

ADO300
ADO300

family game? i hope it's a real banjo kazooie 3 this time M$! fans of rare should screw M$ with Nut's & Bolt's! only then M$ will see how it hurts.... kinect game look's ass, and i am interested to see how forza will look like and i hope that zaombie game mentioned is left for dead 3.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

Finally some good news about the next Xbox. Having it always online is bad, but not a total deal breaker for me as long as it has some great exclusives. Blocking used games on the other hand would be a total deal breaker.

SilverFoxxx1
SilverFoxxx1

Its funny how everyone hates on Microsoft but I bet when the next Xbox is announced everyone will not say bad things

Kraken422
Kraken422

In the past scanning your own character into the game has looked awful, it'll be interesting to see if next gen technology can improve upon it.

chris72sax
chris72sax

I like Playstation but i wont buy another one because so few Japanese have bought Xboxes. I respect that they want to support a japanese-centric company and reject and American-centric company. However, I will only buy a console where much of the revenues go to engineers and programmers in America because of this.

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

"update Xbox Live for the Xbox 720" and charge $100/year. Because over $2 billion per year is not enough to keep Xbox Live running. Xbox Live is the biggest rip off of the game industry.

harndoogle
harndoogle

what first party studios does microsoft own? how many? can someone list them. Also, is there such a thing as a second party studio?

harndoogle
harndoogle

I find it incredible that M$ is generating so much hype and attention for their nextbox by simply saying nothing. Its hilarious!!

Monsta1217
Monsta1217

the ryse game it would be amazing to play but why the "kinect" has to be in it for someone will eventually end up kicking their tv over or hitting their girlfriend in the face with your invisible (sword) and i hope they change this always online BS 

RhythmAndBlues
RhythmAndBlues

Maybe I'm getting old. But I'm not sure that I give a shit anymore.

Salt_AU
Salt_AU

Forza 5 was always going to be next gen.  Especially when I saw Forza Horizon appear as a 'filler' for the series.  Can't wait to get my hands on F5.

kenlars
kenlars

people still thinking about buying a nextbox?? lol

TTDog
TTDog

@ADO300 I'm guessing that Nuts & Bolts required you to think too much for you to get anything out of it.

Cracking little game if you gave it a chance.

chansaet
chansaet

@SilverFoxxx1 

It depends what they say in the announcement. If they mention something about a always online feature I doubt they will get love

blackened83
blackened83

@chris72sax Your erroneous use of the word "centric" is really bothering me. Sony is a Japanese company, and Microsoft is an American company; both companies are international and cater to their respective East and West audiences. Neither company revolves around only one gaming culture.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I feel the exact same way . Although, throughout the past two generations, I find that I don't have much fun on Sony platforms. My original Xbox and now my 360 have been the main consoles. Microsoft just knows my tastes better.

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

@chris72sax I believe the argument that Japaneses don't buy Xbox bc it's not a Japaneses product is incorrect. If so, iPhone would not be so successful there. I believe it's more about that Nintendo and PS are so strong there for so long. Also they focus on Japanese taste, the same way Xbox focus on American taste and is so successful in America. 

Freedomination
Freedomination

@chris72sax Nothing wrong with supporting your own country's industry but i'm guessing the reason more playstations are sold in Japan might be because it has more games that the Japanese like. Less GoW, Halo and CoD, more Jrpgs over there i think :)

Kraken422
Kraken422

@ClaudiusCaesar I'd argue that WoW is a bigger rip off. Other MMOs with the same subscription fee claim they only need 500 000 subscribers to be profitable, you'd think having 20x that would mean that you could lower the subscription fee or make the expansions free. Then again why would they do this? They're in this industry to make money and I expect them to price things in a way that maximises profit. It's the same for Microsoft.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

Anyway, IGN had a list of the studios under MS, and what they might be doing...

343 Industries - next Halo
Lionhead Studios - something Fable
Turn 10 - Forza
Rare - who the hell knows
BigPark Studios - probably Kinect-related
Black Tusk - probably an FPS
Lift London - tablet games
MS KALE - kinect-centric

Freedomination
Freedomination

@harndoogle not even sure i've heard the word first party studio before. I might be wrong but i always thought of it as:

 1 party. games that the consolemakers themselves make (Nintendo basically)

2 party. Games that consolemakers hire studios to make.

3 party. The others

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

@kenlars I bought the 360 without knowing that you had to pay extra just to play multiplayer. I won't make that mistake twice.

djrushhlive
djrushhlive

Whats nextbox? but as a sensible reply... I think people are thinking about buying the next gen XBOX. Why would they even think about buying a "nextbox"?.... it doesnt even exist or have plans to....

Salt_AU
Salt_AU

@kenlars Absolutely, sure there are many that don't have a stable internet connection - if Microsoft choose always online.  But there are many more that 'do' have a good connection.  My ISP hasn't missed a beat in over 6 years.  While I understand some frustration, I personally dont have a problem.  I'll also be buying both the next xbox and PS4.

LightningPurgeZ
LightningPurgeZ

@TTDog @ADO300 N&B is still a piece of crap compared to 1 and 2. My guess is you were too young when the first two came out.

danabo
danabo

@TTDog @ADO300 One of my favourite games of this generation, I also loved Viva Pinata. I can't see any Rare fan being disappointed by either.

Savoritias
Savoritias

@chansaet @SilverFoxxx1 or an all in one device.

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

@Kraken422 I agree with you, nothing wrong to maximizes profit. They are not charities. What is funny are subscribers that say "you get what you pay for". You probably would need to pay only a couple of dollars per year for what the services offers. No wonder MS will sell the next Xbox for $300 with 3 years of XBL subscription.

RhythmAndBlues
RhythmAndBlues

@Salt_AU @RhythmAndBlues I wouldn't go that far. But I need more than this to get me excited about what's to come. I've been console-gaming for more than twenty years now and, while I continue to buy every machine that gets released, I get less and less from doing so.

I'd say the highpoint was in the early 2000s, when I owned a PS2, an Xbox and a GameCube. I had Metal Gear Solid 2 on the PS2, Halo on the Xbox and Rogue Leader on the GameCube - and I thought, "yep, I get why I'm doing this". Now, I don't have anywhere near the same enthusiasm to buy *one* console, never mind all three.

It may be age. But, then again, it may be something else...

TTDog
TTDog

@LightningPurgeZ Then your guess is as good as your judgement... too old maybe, we bought the N64 for my kid to play on.

TTDog
TTDog

@danabo I got way more enjoyment out of N&B than the other Banjo games... especially creating a machine to beat Grunty at the end.

RhythmAndBlues
RhythmAndBlues

@Sevenizz There was something charming about the original Xbox. It was slightly clumsy, but it had its heart in the right place - the 360's too slick, almost...

... but, then again, I'm not sure that's the issue either. I really can't figure out what it is.

Plus, to use the word "slick" about a console that brought RROD-misery to the masses (including me, and four of my five friends who own 360s) doesn't seem entirely appropriate either.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I feel similar. While I like my 360, something is missing from the original Xbox. It might have something to do with Live becoming to big. In it's infancy, it felt more community oriented. Now that's too huge, it's less fun. Sony feels too money orientated. I know MS is too, but I feel they care more about gaming. Sony's sad attempt to rip off Nintendo's Smash Brothers franchise (and not even do a good job of it) really turned me off the company as a real player in the video game market.

RhythmAndBlues
RhythmAndBlues

@Uri-Z @RhythmAndBlues @Salt_AU I agree with everything you've said, apart from your assessment of Resident Evil 4. I loved it. But, then again, I didn't enjoy the earlier games in the franchise, so I was coming from a different place.

Y'know, I bought Knights Of The Old Republic for my Mac a few months ago and played it again - and it was every bit as fuckin' magnificent as it had been all those years ago. And I loved playing through Halo: Anniversary last year. I, too, became an 'Xbox man' during the previous generation but, while there are ways in which the 360 is undeniably better, I don't "love" my 360 in the same way that I loved my original Xbox. I can't quite put my finger on it...

Uri-Z
Uri-Z

@RhythmAndBlues @Salt_AU I lost my enthusiasm when all my favorite franchises were butchered on the last generation systems. Resident evil 4 was horrible in every way, final fantasy x was a disaster which got worse when they released ff x-2, mgs2 I liked but didn't come close to mgs1. 

I switched to xbox after that. Halo was great but the sequels were not as good, fable1 was great but gotten worse with every sequel. KOTR same thing... sequels just seem to be getting worse, while in the psx era they got better. And now with the internet and everything everybody is expressing their opinion in the most negative way possible which kinda dials down my enthusiasm for everything..

I miss the old days..