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Submitted by Valay 1108d ago | news

Microsoft has four unannounced IPs in the works

Microsoft is synonymous with franchises such as Halo, Gears of War, and Forza, but it sounds like the company is looking to expand its portfolio further. (Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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NYC_Gamer  +   1108d ago
I hope these are legit quality games and not Kinect based
Munky  +   1108d ago
Amen, but at least of them is bound to be Kinect related. I'm guessing Ryse is one of the titles he was referring to even though it was announced awhile back ago, nobody has heard squat about it for sometime now.
-Alpha  +   1108d ago
Let's hope not.

This is Microsoft's chance to build up a gaming portfolio dedicated to core gamers for next gen.

I hope MS brings it, but I am more skeptical than anything else. MS clearly has unfinished business with Kinect, and while I enjoyed that full-room Kinect demo, I am concerned about what it means for more traditional matters.
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Munky  +   1108d ago
Kinect 2.0 is a 100% certainty, so games will be developed.

But I, like you and a lot of 360 owners out there hope MS focuses on hardcore games as well. As much as I love Halo, Gears and Forza MS CAN'T expect to neglect the consumers who just want to play games... no gimmicks, no flashing lights, no flailing of the limbs, just straight up "controller in my hand" games.
hazardman  +   1108d ago
exactly Alpha
I think gamers are underestimating MS. But they have a good catalog of IPs that they can rehash for the next gen and also add new ips that will further help them. I just hope MS doesn't gimp on its efforts, I know that they're not blind, they notice all the buzz PS3 gets from their exclusives. Going into next gen they know they need to step it up in one way or another.
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Snookies12  +   1108d ago
I just hope they're worthwhile for core gamers. I feel like Microsoft hasn't been doing enough for them lately. They really need to focus on getting some quality new games out there for people. Kinect games are fine and all, but it won't strike a chord with the old-school gamers out there.
miyamoto  +   1108d ago
I hope M$ repents puts its money on really making new games.
ArmrdChaos  +   1108d ago
I think MS is smart enough marketing wise they realize that first adopters are going to be composed almost entirely of your "core" players. They will continue to fish the casual audiences with big price drops for the 360. It will not be until they can get the price down on the new system before they can count on the casual audience to start generating larger sales with their new system.
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nirwanda  +   1107d ago
@armrdchaos I think MS will launch aiming for all markets, if you look at the way apple sell to the casual market, MS will make it look like box that will do everything like apple does with its ads.
If they make it look cool and if it comes with kinect 2 change tv channel with voice/gesture, record tv, surf the net, apps, music, video, bluray.

Then sell it at a lowwer price than the wiiU expecting to make money back from live and apps/downloads then it may be aiming for the mainsteam from the start.
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tehpees3  +   1108d ago
lol I was going to say the same thing. Its a good sign but not if they are casual focused.
JohnApocalypse  +   1108d ago
That's what I was gonna post
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1108d ago
I hope its not Kinect either.

Its funny to think N4G thought MS wasn't gonna release new Ips next gen. And said MS will continue to pump out Halo and Gears. Smh they are fanboys after all little to no intelligence.

But 4 brand new Ip's is quite a bit. That's pretty damn good. I'm guessing they are AAA status. That ISN"T Kinect.
DigitalRaptor  +   1108d ago
It's also funny to think that N4G said Blu-ray is useless and is doomed, PS3 is doomed and has no games, PS Vita has no games (after Killzone: Mercenary, Tearaway, Soul Sacrifice, PSO2..) etc, etc, etc.

These new IPs are a really, really great thing for MS and something that everyone should be praising them for, if true and if they are worthwhile. And if Kinect-based, then maybe not...
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Veneno  +   1107d ago
If theyre shooters its nothing to get excited about either.
WetN00dle69  +   1108d ago
And hopefully they arent Poker based as well.
IAMERROR  +   1108d ago
Well we know 2 of them aren't for sure.
Bigpappy  +   1108d ago
I have Kinect and sure hope M$ continues to support it. There are many developer out there making great core games, and I know M$ will have some in-house core games also. But, I bought Kinect with the confidence that M$ will give it great support. They have done a goo job so far, but I know they have a lot more innovation to pursue with connect. With a more powerful system, built with Kinect in mind, I am really hoping that M$ makes it a major focus from the start. Most of the core IP's for Sony and M$ are really not worth the wait. MY favorite games usually come from 3rd party.
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JANF  +   1108d ago
Im a huge fan of the Xbox, but IMHO Kinect is the one thing that could kill the brand. That and MS not releasing new exclusive IPs. MS needs to have a varied amount of new IPs for the core gamers or they will be last third next gen. scratch that, they'll be last fourth if we count Valve's new steam console.
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Aceman18  +   1108d ago
for me Gears was the only franchise i liked out of the main four they have, and that is not enough reason to plunk down hundreds of $$$$$$ for their next system.

M$ better come correct next gen with variety, and not dumba$$ kinect crap if they want my hard earned $$$$$$.

Orbis/PS4 is a given day for me, and i'm already set on getting a Wii U later this year, and if they dont step up their game portfolio to more than the same four franchises they keep churning out i'll have no problems not getting their next system.
miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   1108d ago
Why would anyone think that MS wasn't going to have new games.

Ridiculous. They have the best 3d party games on any console this gen, and have some great exclusives as well. As far as I know, more 3rd party games come out.. way more, than exclusives.

RARE making a new water game. Get ready.
Ritsujun  +   1107d ago
Yeah play your fav water games, brat.
xursz  +   1107d ago
I haven't been into shooters for a while but I expect MS to show off something that might interest me.
imdaboss1  +   1107d ago
have the best 3rd party games? you mean games that also on the ps3 too? lol Sony murder the 36o with all their exclusive games and i expect them to do it again with the PS4
Enemy  +   1108d ago
How the hell did you get disagrees? There are people out there that would prefer Kinect titles? LMAO, wow.
gamingmaster2013  +   1107d ago
let me guess... halo, fable, forza and gears.
Gamer1982  +   1107d ago
The sad fact is one of them at least will be Kinect based I reckon the others will be Halo, Forza and eith another Kinect title (making it 2) or a new IP perhaps.
DeadlyFire  +   1107d ago
I expect 2 of them to be Kinect and one to be Kid like game with only 1 quality IP in the bunch, but I could be wrong.
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Munky  +   1108d ago
Interesting, can't wait to see the lineup both MS and Sony launch with the new consoles. Things are definitely heating up on the next gen front!
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Gimmemorebubblez   1108d ago | Trolling | show
Cocozero  +   1108d ago
No surprise MS now has more first party studios than Sony. They have multiple new studios for the next gen.
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KiRBY3000  +   1108d ago | Well said
your comment made me curious, so i checked your links. this is what came up.

these are what I'd count as legit "core games making" Microsoft Studios
1. 343 Industries (Halo series)
2. Turn 10 Studios (Forza Motorsport series)
3. Lionhead Studios (Fable series)

the rest is a bunch of "Untitled Project" which could be absolutely nothing. its been 4 years since Rare released a game that wasnt Kinect-based so i didnt count them.

who are these other phantom studios and what have they made so far? Gears is from Epic, Alan Wake is from Remedy. am i missing any big exclusive?

now for Sony
1. SCE Japan Studio (The Last Guardian, Puppeteer)
2. Polyphony Digital (Gran Turismo series)
3. Naughty Dog (Uncharted series, The Last of Us)
4. SCE Santa Monica Studio (God of War series)
5. Sucker Punch Productions (Infamous series)
6. Evolution Studios (MotorStorm series)
7. Guerrilla Games (Killzone series)
8. Media Molecule (LittleBigPlanet series)

I didnt count the Singstar crap, move-based and PSP/Vita stuff as well. didnt count Quantic Dream as they arent 1st party.

as of right now, there might might be more 1st party studios on MS wiki page, but we know next to nothing about them, what they've done, what they're up to. MS has spend almost the whole gen throwing cash on timed exclusive games and timed exclusive DLC, which worked very well for them. but at the end of the day (or gen) the one and only studio they created is 343 Industries, specificly for the halo franchise, cause the original developper is now a multiplatform one (Bungie).

Sony is still king of 1st party. and by the time MS gets things done with these "new" studios, sony could be buying new ones or expanding too.

PS: I always bought consoles for their exclusives. bought a Dreamcast for Shenmue which is a game so wonderful it was enough for me to justify the purchase of the console. bought a PS2 for the sequels of all the beloved exclusive franchises I started on PS1 (Silent Hill, MGS, FF, Team ICO games).

I got a 360 for 3 games, Alan Wake, Mass Effect 1 and Limbo. Alan Wake was a disappointment (dumbed down or not), Mass Effect ended up on PS3, same scenario for Limbo. now i dont need a game to be exclusive to enjoy it, cant wait for Bioshock Infinite and GTA 5, but when i buy a console because im told that the game im interested in is exclusive and then its not, i've been lied to. so as a consumer, i applaud MS for taking my money. they got me with their marketing strategies. but as a gamer, i despise these tactics and say to MS "Go F*ck Yourselves".

sorry, didnt expect to rant that much. heres a smiley for you. :P
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kickerz  +   1108d ago
I bought a dreamcast too. Worked my ass off, $5 an hour stacking fruit onto shelves. (Was only 16 at the time). Finally got the machine (after like 100 freakin hours work) and it rocked best console, best games ever. Only to have Sony come along and release the PS2 and destroy Sega, my favorite company. So yeah after that I will never buy Sony. Call me crazy but it is what it is lol.
Eyeco  +   1108d ago
I like the old misconception that Sony destroyed Sega, they didn't, Sega destroyed themselves, there are countless reasons for Sega's demise some of them can even be attributed to the genesis add ons, but to name a few, piracy, tarnished image , lack of DVD, low attach rate, future consoles anticipation, online launched too late, the console itself was released far too early, poor business strategies in general the list goes on, I won't call you crazy just ignorant.
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kickerz  +   1108d ago
@ eyeco
I do agree, there are other factors which I am slightly ignoring. Sega did make some poor decisions.
You have to admit though at the time kids would see a dreamcast on the shelf next to a ps2, and you can guess which one they bought. heck the Sony kids at school gave me sh*t for having a dreamcast. so later on I just became a pc gamer for a bit. C&C, Starcraft, league of legends. All were amazing, then got a 60inch tv and a 360.had many hours of fun. anyways now I'm boring everyone wit my life story lol. Have a good day.
dubt72  +   1108d ago
And yet of all the sony exclusives, there are maybe 2 that interest me. Uncharted and maybe Infamous, but I kind of lost the love for that one too, just like I did with God of War when 3 came out. It was the same ish. Could care less about gt, lbp, allstars, killzone (clunky and soulless), resistance (generic), ni no kuni (don't like jrpg's), ratchet (too kiddish). heavy Rain was alright for the 5 hour playble movie it was. So for someone like me, and I know many, the Sony exclusives don't really draw us to buy Sony products. Their off-putting arrogance at the beginning of this gen will always resonate with their name. Let the disagrees commence.
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Eyeco  +   1108d ago
Thank you for your civil response, but another thing you need to take into consideration is that most of the people that bought a PS2 were PS1 owners, those kids that chose a PS2 over a dreamcast were more than likely PS1 owners, a console that was nearing the 100 million mark.
Its easy to point fingers at the PS2 but when you look into it clearly wasnt the case
sonic989  +   1108d ago
@ kickerz
i am a sega fan too i owned every sega system and now i support sony simply because i refuse to join nintendo.
and microsoft are just not my taste especially that they have zero platformers Sony are really that much better i hope you can see that sega died because of nintendo first.
sony was just doing us a favour taking the legacy from sega and moved on
ALLWRONG  +   1108d ago
@KiRBY3000 that's called "cherry picking" and "damage control" and your 4 hour post did nothing to help your cause.
DeadlyFire  +   1107d ago
Microsoft did open 1 legitimate new studio in the past year or so that wasn't Kinect related. Yet to see anything from it though. I don't expect more than 1 new IP from Microsoft that would even spark a little interest from me.
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Gamer1982  +   1107d ago
Im sorry but that's just silly SEGA was to blame for dreamcast demise not Sony a great console will do well despite competition and its faults the 360 this generation proved it. I mean look at it, it survived RROD, Old technology in sticking in DVD, terrible sales in Japan and it had Sony at its heels. Just as SEGA did and it survived nicely because it was well supported and MS believed in it.
DonFreezer  +   1105d ago
I'm sorry my friend but if we count all the ps3 exclusives that has been lost at the start of this generation your comment would seem like nothing.Assassins Creed, Devil May Cry 4 and Final Fantasy XIII made a lot of my friends get a ps3 just because they were supposed to be exclusives.
DonFreezer  +   1105d ago
Sony destroyed the Dreamcast because the bleemcast emulator had better graphics on ps1 games than ps2 and Sony couldn't stand that.They were so afraid that with bleemcast noone would ever wanted the far inferior ps1.
Silly gameAr  +   1108d ago
Then if that's the case, where are the games? Sony's studios are releasing games. What are MS first party studios doing exactly?
DOMination-  +   1108d ago
That's the point. Most of them are new and have been working on next gen for a while.
thebudgetgamer  +   1108d ago
Then what are they doing, siesta?
kenshiro100  +   1108d ago
So where are the games from these studios?

-cricket chirp-
Gamer1982  +   1107d ago
Although MS only just beats Sony on first party some of them make only Arcade games and are engineering teams who work on apps and XBL (5 teams to be exact work only on XBL stuff like Skype and XBL). On top of that Sony has a ton of second party studios.

Then we go onto quality not quantity of first party. Although MS has a few top quality 1st party studios in turn 10, lionhead and 343 they lack the amount of quality studios Sony does. Sony hardly has a weak studio that nobody has heard of I mean on that link there is at least 7 studios that have never even released a game! e.g. Microsoft Studios – Los Angeles, Platform Next Studios, Playful Learning, Skybox Sports to name a few. They have only just opened these studios.

I hope for gamers sakes they are working on Hardcore titles and not Kinect titles as then it definitely gives gamers more choice when choosing there next console. As right now Sony seems to be sending out all the right vibes for nex-gen..
southernbanana  +   1107d ago
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southernbanana  +   1107d ago
First people complain Microsoft doesn't have enough first party studios and brag about how many Sony has. Then when information is given showing Microsoft now has more studios than Sony they claim they are not quality studios. Seriously? I would also like to ask how you can judge new studios when all of their projects are for the next generation?
iNathan  +   1108d ago
Lets Hope some heavy awesome games
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Dlacy13g  +   1108d ago
I will echo others sentiments in that I want these IP to be legit core games. I personally wont care if they have some kind of Kinect feature but they MUST be good, quality core games.
EffectO  +   1108d ago
FarCryLover182  +   1108d ago
Got proof of the invalidity?
matrixman92  +   1108d ago
and this is not including the numerous exclusive arcade titles in the works
jakmckratos  +   1108d ago
A game where you are part of an elite alien killing machismo army

A racing game

And 2 Kinect games where you frantically wave your arms at the screen like an idiot to make a ball fly and a fish swim respectively.

Microsoft is severely lacking in the fresh good idea department. I actually hope these are good.
ayabrea93  +   1108d ago
that's good, I'm hoping to see a lot of new franchises next gen
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   1108d ago
Hopefully not Kinect titles. And each are a blockbuster series.
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Theyellowflash30  +   1108d ago
Im not even trying to troll here but.....we all know at least 2 of these are kinect based. The other one is probably a shooter. Leaving one game that I might actually care about. I forgot Microsoft actually makes anything outside of Halo, forza, and Fable
TechOne  +   1108d ago
Kinect titles ;)
jay2  +   1108d ago
Kinect 2 games 100-1004.
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jacksheen0000  +   1108d ago
I hope one of the 4 unannounced games is Killer Instinct.
baldulf  +   1108d ago
Microsoft has made the same mistake than Nintendo, focusing on casual crap and neglecting its first party core games.

Would MS be able to recover the lost time? We'll have to wait and see (I do hope they'll be back onto the traditional games track)
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khowat  +   1108d ago
Why does everyone hate on kinect so much calling it a gimmicky piece of shit. Nothing is a gimmick it's just and idea that hasn't been used to it's full potential
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omi25p  +   1108d ago
Because they are sony fanboys who have no one else to talk to. So they take to hiding in internet forums writing snide little comments about a piece of plastic that isnt there favorite piece of shiny plastic.
2pacalypsenow  +   1108d ago
I hope its not kinect games

@omi25p please Xbox fanboys bash sony because the Move is an updated wii mote so dont give me that crap that only sony fans do it.
And Ms just updates the Eye toy so Ms basically did the same thing sony did
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mayberry  +   1108d ago
The thing for me about the article is, even if all 4 titles are going to be full 360 games, it won't stop my feelings that ms has abandoned the "hardcore" gamer for far too long. And would be in my eyes still make ms 'a day late and a dollar short'... And it bugs me that other gamers still have this, 'its coming, it's right around the corner, they better come with the games' thoughts. How many 'wait for the next E3' comments do I have to read! If they make a new hardcore ip, fine... Im not holding my breath though!
PAYNEinc85  +   1108d ago
Kinect is played out and Microsoft knows it. There may be a Kinect 2.0 but there won't be as much attention focused on it. I think it'll be more about games with Kinect support than games that are Kinect only.
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clintagious650  +   1108d ago
You would think that with all the money MS has they wouldnt be afraid to create new IP's that attract the hardcore fans heck they can create a new gow/dmc/ng like franchise of their own for the 360 but u can tell with all the success the 360 has had its more about whatever gets them the most money then pleasing the real hardcore base that made the 360 as successful as it is today. I really hope that these 4 new IP's will be for the hardcore because they owe it to them. Oh & also a sequal to Lost Odissey would be also great.
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kupomogli  +   1108d ago
Gears isn't Microsoft's, but who cares about four unnannounced IPs in the works. We know they're Kinect games. When is the last Microsoft developed new IP that isn't a Kinect game?
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clintagious650  +   1108d ago
I think the problem is that their isnt enough demand from the hardcore base to persuade MS into doing so & a big reason why is because alot of the core gamers are on xbox live and their are plenty of games out there to keep gamers busy but wat about the core gamers who also enjoy single player experiences like games like fallout/lost odissey/heavy rain/alan wake/shenmue? They need more games like this to add to their portfolio that way us core gamers are satisfied & also gives us core gamers the feeling that our investment was worth it & that MS has our back.
jetlian  +   1107d ago
they will have new core ips thats a given. The ones that survive will get more games. Sony keeps trying on certain ips even if they not selling that well.
OllieBoy  +   1108d ago
Hope they're actual games.
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