E3 2002: Microsoft unveils game lineup for Xbox Live

Microsoft discusses the first games planned for Xbox Live, as well as its intentions for taking Halo, Rallisport Challenge, Amped, and other Xbox series online.

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After explaining the details of the Xbox Online at the company's pre-E3 press conference today, Microsoft unveiled the lineup of games for the service. Xbox-exclusive titles include Unreal Championship, MechAssault, Whacked, NFL Fever 2003, and Midtown Madness 3, while additional titles include Counter-Strike, Star Wars Galaxies, Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder 2, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six RavenShield, XIII, NFL 2K3, and NBA 2K3.

Ed Fries, Microsoft's vice president of Xbox game content, stated that not only will Project Gotham Racing, Amped, and Rallisport Challenge receive follow-ups, but those follow-ups will be available online.

Regarding a Halo sequel, Fries offered up only that "gamers can rest assured: The fate of humanity is in good hands...and online."

The company announced that more than half of the games published by Microsoft Game Studios will have an online component, 60 game companies have committed to make games for Xbox Live, and at least 50 Xbox Live games will come out by the end of 2003.

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