MS Xbox 720 Launch Window Exclusives. What can we expect?

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#1 Posted by S0lidSnake (29001 posts) -

With the next gen consoles set to launch later this year, I started thinking about what MS has been upto.We know Sony will likely have an Uncharted, Killzone or Infamous game during the launch window. They also have a bunch of studios are doing next gen development. We also know Nintendo is coming out with a 3D Mario, Smash Bros, Zelda, Bayonetta, Xenogears and Metroid in the next year or so. But what about Microsoft?


MS has quietly shut down most of its first party studios this gen. The only major first party studios left are the Fable Team, the Forza team, 343 Industries and Rare. Aside from Rare, we had a game from these teams just a couple of months ago, can we expect them to deliver a game in the launch window? No way they have another Gears at launch right?

There are rumors however that MS is buying up timed exclusives just like they did at the start of last gen. IIRC, Bioshock, Mass Effect, Splinter Cell, Alan Wake, Episodes from Liberty City were all Xbox exclusives that along with Halo, Gears and Fable made it the console with the best exclusives early on this gen.

This gen they have Crytek working on an RPG called Ryse. Bungie's Destiny is looking to be a 720 console exclusive. The Alan Wake sequel will likely be a 720 exclusive. Anyone know what Rare is working on? They made PD0, Viva Piniata and Banjo Nuts & Bolts at the start of last gen, can we expect another non-Kinect game from the early next gen?

What do you guys think we will see and what games do you want to see the 720 launch with?

#2 Posted by Ilovegames1992 (14221 posts) -

With the next gen consoles set to launch later this year, I started thinking about what MS has been upto.We know Sony will likely have an Uncharted, Killzone or Infamous game during the launch window. They also have a bunch of studios are doing next gen development. We also know Nintendo is coming out with a 3D Mario, Smash Bros, Zelda, Bayonetta, Xenogears and Metroid in the next year or so. But what about Microsoft?


MS has quietly shut down most of its first party studios this gen. The only major first party studios left are the Fable Team, the Forza team, 343 Industries and Rare. Aside from Rare, we had a game from these teams just a couple of months ago, can we expect them to deliver a game in the launch window? No way they have another Gears at launch right?

There are rumors however that MS is buying up timed exclusives just like they did at the start of last gen. IIRC, Bioshock, Mass Effect, Splinter Cell, Alan Wake, Episodes from Liberty City were all Xbox exclusives that along with Halo, Gears and Fable made it the console with the best exclusives early on this gen.

This gen they have Crytek working on an RPG called Ryse. Bungie's Destiny is looking to be a 720 console exclusive. The Alan Wake sequel will likely be a 720 exclusive. Anyone know what Rare is working on? They made PD0, Viva Piniata and Banjo Nuts & Bolts at the start of last gen, can we expect another non-Kinect game from the early next gen?

What do you guys think we will see and what games do you want to see the 720 launch with?

S0lidSnake

The sweet sound of progress.

I don't even care about exclusives anymore to be honest. I'm sure te 720 will be just as dire next gen.

#3 Posted by Namgis (3572 posts) -

[spoiler] Forza/Gears/Halo [/spoiler]

I kid of course.

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If they announced that Kotor III was a 720 exclusive, I would consider getting the console. At present, I have no plans to invest in their next enterprise. They just haven't given me the games I had hoped they would.

#4 Posted by Ilovegames1992 (14221 posts) -

[spoiler] Forza/Gears/Halo [/spoiler]

I kid of course.

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If they announced that Kotor III was a 720 exclusive, I would consider getting the console. At present, I have no plans to invest in their next enterprise. They just haven't given me the games I had hoped they would.

Namgis

I would probably ejaculate in my pants.

#5 Posted by Archangel3371 (15280 posts) -
I'd be thrilled to have Halo, Gears, and Forza at launch but I doubt we'll get those three right away. I do remember hearing something about at least one new title in the works from some newly created MS studio though. Honestly though exclusives aren't the be all end all for me, just give me lots of great third party games and I'll be perfectly happy. That's exactly what they provide this gen and I loved the 360 for it.
#6 Posted by wiouds (5021 posts) -

MS is not about exclusives but getting more for game release on their system.

#7 Posted by Vari3ty (11111 posts) -

I wouldn't be at all surprised if Microsoft buys a bunch of timed exlusives so they can get people to buy their own system over the PS4. Bungie's Destiny is rumored to be a timed Xbox exclusive, which would not surprise me at all seeing as how cozy Activision and Microsoft are with their COD relationship. And I'm sure they probably will have a few other timed exclusives as well.

Something to note is Microsoft Vancouver - now named Black Tusk Studios - which is apparently working on some new "core" IP, from the sounds of this article it looks like it might be another shooter, for better or worse.

#8 Posted by darkspineslayer (19490 posts) -
They would allow Rare to develop Killer Instinct 3 as a launch title. only string attached... [spoiler] Better with Kinect :p [/spoiler]
#9 Posted by wiouds (5021 posts) -

They would allow Rare to develop Killer Instinct 3 as a launch title. only string attached... [spoiler] Better with Kinect :p [/spoiler] darkspineslayer

That is if Rare would even try instead of just leaching off MS.

#10 Posted by S0lidSnake (29001 posts) -

Whats up with everyone spoiler tagging their posts? What is this a new fad or something?

#11 Posted by Namgis (3572 posts) -

Whats up with everyone spoiler tagging their posts? What is this a new fad or something?

S0lidSnake

Can't speak as to any fad, but I've been doing it for a long while now. I used to because this is PGD not SW and I was making an attempt at a quip. Since it was targeted at the old M$ has no games argument, I thought I'd throw the tags in so as avoid a mod.

#12 Posted by Vari3ty (11111 posts) -

Whats up with everyone spoiler tagging their posts? What is this a new fad or something?

S0lidSnake

Must be some spillover from System Wars.

#13 Posted by Shame-usBlackley (18266 posts) -

Whats up with everyone spoiler tagging their posts? What is this a new fad or something?

S0lidSnake

Or a bunch of idiocy from GAF. I see that half-witted shlt all the time over on that cesspool.

#14 Posted by Shame-usBlackley (18266 posts) -

As for games, well, that's the million dollar question:

I'd say you'll see a Halo MAYBE, and possibly a Forza, or Gears game along with a GLUT of Kinect shovel-trash.

#15 Posted by S0lidSnake (29001 posts) -

As for games, well, that's the million dollar question:

I'd say you'll see a Halo MAYBE, and possibly a Forza, or Gears game along with a GLUT of Kinect shovel-trash.

Shame-usBlackley

Dont sell MS short. Like I said earlier, new RPG from Crytek, Destiny from Bungie and this new Vancouver studio working on a new IP. There could be more. MS knows it's the exclusives that first attracted the core gamer, they are gonna come out guns blazing.

#16 Posted by S0lidSnake (29001 posts) -

Something to note is Microsoft Vancouver - now named Black Tusk Studios - which is apparently working on some new "core" IP, from the sounds of this article it looks like it might be another shooter, for better or worse.

Vari3ty

Nice. I wonder if there are more MS studios we dont know about.

#17 Posted by Shame-usBlackley (18266 posts) -

[QUOTE="Shame-usBlackley"]

As for games, well, that's the million dollar question:

I'd say you'll see a Halo MAYBE, and possibly a Forza, or Gears game along with a GLUT of Kinect shovel-trash.

S0lidSnake

Dont sell MS short. Like I said earlier, new RPG from Crytek, Destiny from Bungie and this new Vancouver studio working on a new IP. There could be more. MS knows it's the exclusives that first attracted the core gamer, they are gonna come out guns blazing.

I don't see Bungie going exclusive with Microsoft seeing as they broke off with them for a reason. Perhaps a short period of timed exclusivity, but they'd be foolish to limit themselves now that there is no reason to.

Does a Crytek RPG really sound appealing to you? It doesn't to me...

MS KNEW it was exclusives back when it still had its head out of its ass. This new MS would sooner pimp a bunch of non-gaming feces as opposed to games. They are no longer after the gamer, they want the living room.

#18 Posted by GodModeEnabled (15314 posts) -
I don't even think exclusives matter as much anymore as they used to going for. I am more concerned with will the systems be fully backwards compatible? Will they still charge for online? Can we expect similar infrastructure and the carry over of our achievements and arcade game purchases? Most importantly can we expect more heating issues? Some exclusives are nice but I think you are crazy if you base your purchase decision around them exclusively.
#19 Posted by Ilovegames1992 (14221 posts) -

I don't even think exclusives matter as much anymore as they used to going for. I am more concerned with will the systems be fully backwards compatible? Will they still charge for online? Can we expect similar infrastructure and the carry over of our achievements and arcade game purchases? Most importantly can we expect more heating issues? Some exclusives are nice but I think you are crazy if you base your purchase decision around them exclusively.GodModeEnabled

Fuk that, what happene to backwards compatibility this gen? Was worse than last gen.

#20 Posted by S0lidSnake (29001 posts) -

I don't even think exclusives matter as much anymore as they used to going for. I am more concerned with will the systems be fully backwards compatible? Will they still charge for online? Can we expect similar infrastructure and the carry over of our achievements and arcade game purchases? Most importantly can we expect more heating issues? Some exclusives are nice but I think you are crazy if you base your purchase decision around them exclusively.GodModeEnabled

I never get the demand for backwards compatibility. You do know it comes at a cost, right? What would you rather have.... the ability to play games you already can on your 360 or better graphics and performance in your games?

I am buying both consoles. Exclusives are good for the industry since console makers want to show off their console and throw large sums of money to get it made. You think EA would've greenlit a $20 million adventure game like Heavy Rain, let alone a sequel to that game? Hell, we wouldn't have seen the awesome Episodes From Liberty City if MS hadn't loaned Rockstar nearly $50 million to make them. Same goes for Bayonetta 2 that Nintendo's paying for.

In an era where all publishers stick with safe sequels, exclusives give first party publishers an oppurtunity to take some risks to stand out from the competition.

#21 Posted by Vari3ty (11111 posts) -

[QUOTE="GodModeEnabled"]I don't even think exclusives matter as much anymore as they used to going for. I am more concerned with will the systems be fully backwards compatible? Will they still charge for online? Can we expect similar infrastructure and the carry over of our achievements and arcade game purchases? Most importantly can we expect more heating issues? Some exclusives are nice but I think you are crazy if you base your purchase decision around them exclusively.S0lidSnake

I never get the demand for backwards compatibility. You do know it comes at a cost, right? What would you rather have.... the ability to play games you already can on your 360 or better graphics and performance in your games?

I am buying both consoles. Exclusives are good for the industry since console makers want to show off their console and throw large sums of money to get it made. You think EA would've greenlit a $20 million adventure game like Heavy Rain, let alone a sequel to that game? Hell, we wouldn't have seen the awesome Episodes From Liberty City if MS hadn't loaned Rockstar nearly $50 million to make them. Same goes for Bayonetta 2 that Nintendo's paying for.

In an era where all publishers stick with safe sequels, exclusives give first party publishers an oppurtunity to take some risks to stand out from the competition.

I don't really care about backwards compatability, however, the issue of what happens to digital games (like XBLA arcade), is of great concern for me. I think at this point digital has become so widespread and since it will inevitably continue to become the dominant form of games distribution, that if consumers don't end up seeing their digital libraries transfer over from generation to generation they'll question the value of having a console.

At least with a digital distrubtion platform like Steam I know I'll have access to my purchases for as long as Steam is a service. There are no such guarantee right now for games purchased on Xbox Live or PSN, and that needs to change starting this gen. I'm not saying we need to have every game that comes on a physical disc have backwards compatability with the new consoles(I don't expect it in fact), but digital purchases need to carry over.

#22 Posted by GodModeEnabled (15314 posts) -

[QUOTE="GodModeEnabled"]I don't even think exclusives matter as much anymore as they used to going for. I am more concerned with will the systems be fully backwards compatible? Will they still charge for online? Can we expect similar infrastructure and the carry over of our achievements and arcade game purchases? Most importantly can we expect more heating issues? Some exclusives are nice but I think you are crazy if you base your purchase decision around them exclusively.S0lidSnake

I never get the demand for backwards compatibility. You do know it comes at a cost, right? What would you rather have.... the ability to play games you already can on your 360 or better graphics and performance in your games?

I am buying both consoles. Exclusives are good for the industry since console makers want to show off their console and throw large sums of money to get it made. You think EA would've greenlit a $20 million adventure game like Heavy Rain, let alone a sequel to that game? Hell, we wouldn't have seen the awesome Episodes From Liberty City if MS hadn't loaned Rockstar nearly $50 million to make them. Same goes for Bayonetta 2 that Nintendo's paying for.

In an era where all publishers stick with safe sequels, exclusives give first party publishers an oppurtunity to take some risks to stand out from the competition.

What cost? All this cost razamazaz you are talking about i'm pretty sure you are pulling straight from yer butt.. At no point in time do I remember Microsoft going "Good news guys we will have some backwards compatibility on the new system but it will only be half as powerful as it could have been because of it. Sorry :( " I want backwards compatibility because the 360 library is huge man. Seven years of games, tons of classics. It shouldn't be that much of a bother to throw it in. Back to the exclusives I don't believe they matter as much as you think. I play in the neighborhood of 40 games a years, usually only one or two of them is an exclusive. They usually have what two or three good ones a year? That is barely a drop in the bucket. Third party is what matters. If you don't believe me lets take a look at Nintendo. The half dozen or so first party games they have do not a system make. Lack of third party support is crippling, lack of first party game is just an annoyance. I think i'm different than a lot of gamers. I play a game and I don't think "oh man this was great because it was just on the xbox" "this game is so much better because it was Sony only" Heavy Rain was awesome because it was Heavy Rain, not because of where it was published. Some people seem to get this need, this burning need to have their purchases justified through these games. A good game is a good game and that is all that really matters. However kudos to Sony to developing such a large and great roster of studios all the same. You make a good point that first party might be allowing some games to be made that might not otherwise see the light of day, so I agree there. Lastly this is just personal opinion but you are seriously wasting your money by buying both an Xbox and a Playstation.
#23 Posted by S0lidSnake (29001 posts) -

[QUOTE="S0lidSnake"]

[QUOTE="GodModeEnabled"]I don't even think exclusives matter as much anymore as they used to going for. I am more concerned with will the systems be fully backwards compatible? Will they still charge for online? Can we expect similar infrastructure and the carry over of our achievements and arcade game purchases? Most importantly can we expect more heating issues? Some exclusives are nice but I think you are crazy if you base your purchase decision around them exclusively.GodModeEnabled

I never get the demand for backwards compatibility. You do know it comes at a cost, right? What would you rather have.... the ability to play games you already can on your 360 or better graphics and performance in your games?

I am buying both consoles. Exclusives are good for the industry since console makers want to show off their console and throw large sums of money to get it made. You think EA would've greenlit a $20 million adventure game like Heavy Rain, let alone a sequel to that game? Hell, we wouldn't have seen the awesome Episodes From Liberty City if MS hadn't loaned Rockstar nearly $50 million to make them. Same goes for Bayonetta 2 that Nintendo's paying for.

In an era where all publishers stick with safe sequels, exclusives give first party publishers an oppurtunity to take some risks to stand out from the competition.

What cost? All this cost razamazaz you are talking about i'm pretty sure you are pulling straight from yer butt.. At no point in time do I remember Microsoft going "Good news guys we will have some backwards compatibility on the new system but it will only be half as powerful as it could have been because of it. Sorry :( " I want backwards compatibility because the 360 library is huge man. Seven years of games, tons of classics. It shouldn't be that much of a bother to throw it in. Back to the exclusives I don't believe they matter as much as you think. I play in the neighborhood of 40 games a years, usually only one or two of them is an exclusive. They usually have what two or three good ones a year? That is barely a drop in the bucket. Third party is what matters. If you don't believe me lets take a look at Nintendo. The half dozen or so first party games they have do not a system make. Lack of third party support is crippling, lack of first party game is just an annoyance. I think i'm different than a lot of gamers. I play a game and I don't think "oh man this was great because it was just on the xbox" "this game is so much better because it was Sony only" Heavy Rain was awesome because it was Heavy Rain, not because of where it was published. Some people seem to get this need, this burning need to have their purchases justified through these games. A good game is a good game and that is all that really matters. However kudos to Sony to developing such a large and great roster of studios all the same. You make a good point that first party might be allowing some games to be made that might not otherwise see the light of day, so I agree there. Lastly this is just personal opinion but you are seriously wasting your money by buying both an Xbox and a Playstation.

lol I'm not pulling anything out of my ass. Putting a cell in every PS4 will cost money just like putting the Emotion Engine (PS2) cost around $60 per unit. Now you could argue that console makers wouldn't neccessarily put that extra cash towards beefing up their console and well, yes that's a possibility. In MS's case, they might need any extra hardware for BC since the 360 was basically a closed PC and the next one is going to be a more powerful closed PC, but trust me it's gonna cost Sony at least $20-$30 extra to put the Cell in there. And without the cell, I dont see BC.

As for the exclusives, I do see your point and I completely agree. Most of my favorite games are third party. Most of my favorite developers are third party. Still, part of me wants developers to focus on one platform, and make the best game they can without worrying about porting it everywhere and putting resources towards that.

You'll see. The next PS is supposed to be a GPU that is rumored to be at least 50% more powerful than the graphics chip in 720. I bet everyone will start their development on the 720 then serve us a PS4 version with a better framerate and shinier graphics instead of actually starting from scratch and taking full advantage of all this extra power.

Lastly, I just need to have the latest gadgets. Especially video game gadgets. I have a Vita, Move, Wii U sitting at home collecting dust but I wont lie to you, I had a blast playing with these new tech. This is my only indulgence. I dont spend money on cars, clothes, booze or anything other than video games so let me have my two consoles! :P

#24 Posted by S0lidSnake (29001 posts) -

I don't really care about backwards compatability, however, the issue of what happens to digital games (like XBLA arcade), is of great concern for me. I think at this point digital has become so widespread and since it will inevitably continue to become the dominant form of games distribution, that if consumers don't end up seeing their digital libraries transfer over from generation to generation they'll question the value of having a console.

At least with a digital distrubtion platform like Steam I know I'll have access to my purchases for as long as Steam is a service. There are no such guarantee right now for games purchased on Xbox Live or PSN, and that needs to change starting this gen. I'm not saying we need to have every game that comes on a physical disc have backwards compatability with the new consoles(I don't expect it in fact), but digital purchases need to carry over.

Vari3ty

Yeah. GME said the samething, and well i do see it now. I see some serious backlash when people realize their PSN purchases dont cross over to the PS4. :lol:

Steam is definitely really cool about that. I truly hope they enter the console arena. I like how consumer friendly they are and more competition is always a good thing.

#25 Posted by LongZhiZi (2453 posts) -

[QUOTE="Vari3ty"]

I don't really care about backwards compatability, however, the issue of what happens to digital games (like XBLA arcade), is of great concern for me. I think at this point digital has become so widespread and since it will inevitably continue to become the dominant form of games distribution, that if consumers don't end up seeing their digital libraries transfer over from generation to generation they'll question the value of having a console.

At least with a digital distrubtion platform like Steam I know I'll have access to my purchases for as long as Steam is a service. There are no such guarantee right now for games purchased on Xbox Live or PSN, and that needs to change starting this gen. I'm not saying we need to have every game that comes on a physical disc have backwards compatability with the new consoles(I don't expect it in fact), but digital purchases need to carry over.

S0lidSnake

Yeah. GME said the samething, and well i do see it now. I see some serious backlash when people realize their PSN purchases dont cross over to the PS4. :lol:

Steam is definitely really cool about that. I truly hope they enter the console arena. I like how consumer friendly they are and more competition is always a good thing.

I actually think this is precisely why we're seeing the next-gen consoles somewhat coalesce around PC-ish hardware rather than developing their own unique hardware. Sure, it's cheaper (and that's probably the bulk of it), but it will make it much easier to provide backwards compatibility like you get on the PC.
#26 Posted by UpInFlames (13279 posts) -

Does a Crytek RPG really sound appealing to you? It doesn't to me...Shame-usBlackley

Nothing Crytek-related sounds appealing to me anymore.

Hell, we wouldn't have seen the awesome Episodes From Liberty City if MS hadn't loaned Rockstar nearly $50 million to make them.S0lidSnake

That's pure conjecture. Rockstar would've probably still made it, it just wouldn't be a Microsoft digital-only exclusive. It was an experiment that Microsoft most likely initialized, so naturally they needed to cover some of the risk.

And without the cell, I dont see BC.S0lidSnake

There is such a thing as software emulation. If hardware was so mandatory, PC gaming wouldn't even exist.

#27 Posted by S0lidSnake (29001 posts) -

[QUOTE="Shame-usBlackley"]

Nothing Crytek-related sounds appealing to me anymore.

[QUOTE="S0lidSnake"]Hell, we wouldn't have seen the awesome Episodes From Liberty City if MS hadn't loaned Rockstar nearly $50 million to make them.UpInFlames

That's pure conjecture. Rockstar would've probably still made it, it just wouldn't be a Microsoft digital-only exclusive. It was an experiment that Microsoft most likely initialized, so naturally they needed to cover some of the risk.

And without the cell, I dont see BC.S0lidSnake

There is such a thing as software emulation. If hardware was so mandatory, PC gaming wouldn't even exist.

Maybe it gets made without MS's help, maybe not. I just dont see many publishers greenlighting $50 million expansion packs.

True, but how many software emulated PS2 games do you see on the PS3? PS3 with its Cell is just an alien architecture and while it's feasible to get some games running through software emulation, the amount of R&D required to get the software emulation going is likely not in Sony's plans.

I think Sony tried software emulation with at least one of its SKUs. I believe it was the $500 80GB SKU. But the subsequent revisions had no BC. Software Emulation is possible, but it also costs money.

And to reply to Shameus. Most of the RPGs nowadays phone-in the gameplay. So I dont mind action adventure or FPS game developers taking a stab at making RPGs. At the very least, you will get a long adventure with great gameplay, and with Crytek you are likely to get the best looking RPG ever made.

#28 Posted by Thefatness16 (4672 posts) -

Prolly Forza and that new IP Black Tusk is working on.

#29 Posted by UpInFlames (13279 posts) -

Maybe it gets made without MS's help, maybe not. I just dont see many publishers greenlighting $50 million expansion packs.S0lidSnake

It's Grand Theft Auto. It's two games that they can sell seperately (digital and retail), later on bundled together and bundled with Grand Theft Auto IV. The games weren't risky. The risk was putting them on Xbox Live only which Microsoft wanted, that's why they had to pay up.

#30 Posted by Heirren (16310 posts) -
I'm actually expecting the heavy hitters at launch. If Sony is releasing 6 months or so later, it makes sense for ms to do this. Halo 5 and Forza, I'm expecting, and perhaps Killer Instinct 3 as an exclusive fighter--which turns out to be a ms exclusive with the same care halo4 was given. That would sell me in a second. The odd thing about Microsoft is they had access to Perfect Dark this gen, but just sort of let the franchise die. It isnt worth reviving now, but it baffles me why they don't put money into games people would buy on name alone. ....I'd really like a new Killer Instinct.
#31 Posted by Ilovegames1992 (14221 posts) -

I'd really like a new Killer Instinct.Heirren

Killer Instinct, KOTOR 3, Halo 5 and a few new IPs.

Would be a hell of a launch.

#32 Posted by Kravyn81 (9438 posts) -

Fuk that, what happene to backwards compatibility this gen? Was worse than last gen.

Ilovegames1992
There's no money in BC. But there is money in offering those games through a digital download service. Expect to pay for the games you already own this gen next gen. That's the trend. It's why MS stopped their support years ago and why Sony did also. Why are they going to allow you to play your old games on their new systems when they can charge you all over again for the same ability? It's all about money. Sony-MS-Nintendo: They don't give a sh*t about you. They just want to part you from your money in any way possible.
#33 Posted by Vari3ty (11111 posts) -

I'm actually expecting the heavy hitters at launch. If Sony is releasing 6 months or so later, it makes sense for ms to do this. Halo 5 and Forza, I'm expecting, and perhaps Killer Instinct 3 as an exclusive fighter--which turns out to be a ms exclusive with the same care halo4 was given. That would sell me in a second. The odd thing about Microsoft is they had access to Perfect Dark this gen, but just sort of let the franchise die. It isnt worth reviving now, but it baffles me why they don't put money into games people would buy on name alone. ....I'd really like a new Killer Instinct.Heirren

Seems too early for Halo 5... I mean, 4 only came at the beginning of November last year. Just seems way too soon to release another one a year later.

#34 Posted by Kravyn81 (9438 posts) -
Speaking of launch games. If history is our guide then don't expect much in the way of must-own games at launch. Maybe one title will be good, but a new system's library doesn't start beefing up until about a year into its lifecycle.
#35 Posted by Heirren (16310 posts) -

[QUOTE="Heirren"]I'm actually expecting the heavy hitters at launch. If Sony is releasing 6 months or so later, it makes sense for ms to do this. Halo 5 and Forza, I'm expecting, and perhaps Killer Instinct 3 as an exclusive fighter--which turns out to be a ms exclusive with the same care halo4 was given. That would sell me in a second. The odd thing about Microsoft is they had access to Perfect Dark this gen, but just sort of let the franchise die. It isnt worth reviving now, but it baffles me why they don't put money into games people would buy on name alone. ....I'd really like a new Killer Instinct.Vari3ty

Seems too early for Halo 5... I mean, 4 only came at the beginning of November last year. Just seems way too soon to release another one a year later.

I think development was likely going on at the same time. Halo 4, while great, was a compact experience--almost felt like a prologue to the new series. I just think that with lower than expected wiiu numbers, the importance of system sellers is very apparent. Must have titles at launch get people to buy the console at launch. This in turn gives positive press to the brand while also excites gamers for the future.
#36 Posted by ZombieKiller7 (6248 posts) -

Microsoft's plan is obvious.

Windows, Xbox and Windows Phone as one contiguous platform, with games being exclusive to "Live" rather than any 1 piece of hardware.

#37 Posted by Jbul (4835 posts) -

I'm skeptical about Microsoft's ability to bring interesting new IP's to the table next-gen, and as good as the Halo and Gears games can be, I find it hard to muster much enthusiasm for them anymore. Sony, on the other hand, have plenty of Next-Gen properties I look forward to seeing evolve.

Also, Rare doesn't really make games anymore. They just do all the Avatar bullsh!t for Microsoft -- designs of the gear, the interface, the props, etc.

#38 Posted by dvader654 (44752 posts) -
MSs exclusives have always bored me. Halo, Gears, Forza does nothing for me. Why would Bungie's game be xbox exclusive? They are working with Activision only to be an exclusive, no chance. They need to have some nice surprises to get my interest, like action adventure games, stuff that isnt just shooting people.
#39 Posted by CarnageHeart (18316 posts) -
#40 Posted by sukraj (21909 posts) -

kameo 2

#41 Posted by UpInFlames (13279 posts) -

I'd be excited about Viva Pinata 2. But honestly, I'm not holding my breath regarding the launch lineup. Historically, they've all been awful. We'll probably get POS games that will be massively overrated just because they're launch titles. *looks back at Xbox 360 launch*

#42 Posted by S0lidSnake (29001 posts) -

MSs exclusives have always bored me. Halo, Gears, Forza does nothing for me. Why would Bungie's game be xbox exclusive? They are working with Activision only to be an exclusive, no chance. They need to have some nice surprises to get my interest, like action adventure games, stuff that isnt just shooting people.dvader654

Rumors say timed exclusive.

#43 Posted by dvader654 (44752 posts) -
#44 Posted by D3s7rUc71oN (5180 posts) -

What happened to Itagakis Devils Third game?

#45 Posted by S0lidSnake (29001 posts) -

What happened to Itagakis Devils Third game?

D3s7rUc71oN

Development Hell.