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Microsoft: First-Party, Next Generation

Game Informer - In preparation of the next Xbox's big unveiling, we take a look at Microsoft's stable of first-party developers, and what each studio is likely working on. (Microsoft, Xbox One)

Why o why  +   928d ago
this isnt all of their studios... why is there a 50 50 split between core/casual... some must be missing
firelogic  +   927d ago
lol, what you see is what you get. MS doesn't have a great stable of 1st party devs.
Freak of Nature  +   927d ago
Beyond the Halo's, Gears, fable's and Forza's..... Black Tusk's new IP, Project Gotham's return has been rumored, Respawns new IP. Alan Wake 2, Ryse from Crytek, and lot's of signs of a return to actual hardcore games from Rare are floating around, hopefully a full blown proper *Banjo*.... So they look to be thinking hardcore much more than what we saw in the last few years... I hope they really bring it, and even another surprise or two would be just fine with me... I hope timed exclusives, Kinect oriented games, and exclusive download's are not the main core of **"ton's of exclusives"**....

At least there are signs of them digging out from the casual and media rubble... New Ip's and exclusives for both the next Box and the PS4 are my most wanted...
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dedicatedtogamers  +   927d ago
What is important to me is not whether or not Microsoft gives the NextBox a lot of exclusives at launch (they will). What is important to me is if they SUPPORT the system with exclusives over the long haul. Microsoft knows that they can front-load the system with exclusives and then lean on 3rd parties after that and the loyal fans will still buy the system at launch, but I want a console that doesn't collect dust after the first three years.
MrBeatdown  +   927d ago

Exactly! That's why I'm waiting on the next Xbox.

They pushed 360 exclusives hard early on, but after 2008, outside of Alan Wake, which was just a straggler from that initial push, there was next to no effort put into anything beyond Kinect (something clearly aimed at a different audience), and the usual Halo/Forza/Gears rotation.

I'll gladly buy an Xbox down the line if subsequent years are as good as the first few, but I'm not buying into their launch hype again, or a list of no-name mystery studios, as if they're all putting out worthwhile AAA content worthy of a $400+ console investment.

I bought a 360 thinking the slew of exclusives was an indication of what was to come. Fool me once...
Aceman18  +   927d ago
i'll be watching the reveal like most people, but unlike most i personally won't be super excited because i'm not feeling really confident that i'll see something else other than the usual games.

i'll be mildly surprised if they do.
Blackdeath_663  +   927d ago
same situation for me but its a good thing because i will be pleasantly surprised and impressed if they do. i feel sorry for those with such high hopes and standards.
nix  +   927d ago
i'm sure this time again they'll have bought shit loads of exclusives from 3rd party devs... that's how i see it is going to pan out considering they don't have too many devs in their pocket.

i'm sure guys who made exclusives for MS last gen (forza, Geow, Halo etc) will have a game or two to show. that's already like 6 new IPs.

then there'll be 3rd party devs showing their games... their new kinect, and the projector room. that was cool.
DARK WITNESS  +   927d ago
There are many that share in your thoughts on the matter.

I was a big supporter of the 360 because of the love i had for the old xbox and the many games on it.

I would be lying if I said the last 3 or 4 years have not seen my support drop. If anything I seem to find myself bashing MS when I talk about the xbox brand to my friends.

I am not expecting much at this event, sales figures, celeb's talking about games they know nothing about and pretending it's so awesome, the usual sequels to games we already know and lots of stuff to do with apps and partnering with this service and that service. I can only hope I am wrong.
Kalowest  +   927d ago
Turn 10 didn't make Horizon, Playground Games did!!!
ichimaru  +   927d ago
-.- 50-50 Huh. who did you say you talked to at MS again
-Mezzo-  +   927d ago
21st is near,... All will be clear.
Gamer-40  +   927d ago
I want awesome Forza 5.
ichimaru  +   927d ago
11 people disagree. 11 believe you infact do Not want Forza 5. I love this place
yugovega  +   927d ago
spoiler alert! Microsoft e3 to include halo, forza, Kinect sports 3 and brace yourself . . . . another broken promises fable. ah Microsoft how I wish you'd have made another tao feng and brute force(gears ripped it off completely). maybe even project gotham racing, or fusion frenzy
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ichimaru  +   927d ago
Poor trolling (weak content weaker delivery)
had enthusiasm but seemed to be "trying too hard"
Would not read again
yugovega  +   927d ago
how is it trolling when youre wishing for them to release something besides the same thing they have released the past 7 years?
Inception  +   927d ago
'Company: Press Play. Last game: Tentacles - Enter the Dolphin' that...remake / sequel for the classic Ecco the Dolphin?!
Chaostar  +   927d ago
I was excited to see what the newly renamed Black Tusk studios was working on but then I found out that, when they were still MS studios Van cover, they were working on a "core AAA shooter experience using Kinect" now I'm not as hyped.
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IAMERROR  +   927d ago
they dropped kinect from the project ages ago...
Chaostar  +   927d ago
Are you sure I can't find anything about it? Lemme know if you have a link because that would get me hyped again, well, as hyped as I can be about yet another sci-fi/space shooter :D
Kalowest  +   927d ago
It's rumored that that Studio came up with at least 5 new IPs.
whoyouwit04  +   927d ago
4 not 5
Chapter11  +   927d ago
Another Halo, another Gears of War, another Forza, another Fable, another series of unwanted Kinect games, another uninspired first party line-up by Microsoft.
Gamer-40  +   927d ago
Another Killzone, another Infamous, another Gran Turismo, another Uncharted.

Not same?
nix  +   927d ago
Could be but Sony did have lots and lots of whole new games/IPs this gen.. which MS just didn't have. it was pretty much rinse and repeat for MS.

one year Halo. one year GeoW. one year Forza. it was pretty much that.
Darth Stewie  +   927d ago
You forgot to add Last of Us, Beyond Two Souls, Puppeteer, DriveClub and Knack just to name a few .
Nobody says Sony doesn't keep releasing sequels of existing franchises like Microsoft & Nintendo but they release a bunch of new IP along with existing franchises like Killzone, GT, & Uncharted. This is something both Nintendo and Microsoft rarely do.
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LAZL0-Panaflex  +   927d ago
Avatar wars! I demand my avatar wars!! And it better use kinnect!!! Siiiiiike!!
Don't get mad son. You'll get a new exclusive....someday.....?

PS gears judgement blows.

Pss so does halo 4.
kenshiro100  +   927d ago
I actually mentioned that in another article Darth and got two disagrees. Apparently my comment struck a nerve.

I'm hoping to see something impressive from Microsoft.
B-radical  +   927d ago
Oh didnt know you traveled to the future and seen what MS had to offer troll harder trollozoid
ichimaru  +   927d ago
uncharted, GT 6, Killxone...whatever number and infamous sequel.
Nodoze  +   927d ago
So expect another Halo, another Fable, another Forza. Rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat. Oh let's not forget the kinect shovelware that Rare and others are working on.

Microsoft bringing the weak sauce.
Dms2012  +   927d ago
Starting to look like you people copy and paste each others comments. I mean really, at least try to come up with an original thought and contribute to the discussion. And also, maybe save yourselves an ulcer and not comment on something you obviously have no interest in.
ThanatosDMC  +   927d ago
Hmmm... you didnt disprove their comments though nor did you contribute to said discussion.

"And also, maybe save yourselves an ulcer and not comment on something you obviously have no interest in." -Dms2012

^Take a spoonful please.
greenpowerz  +   927d ago
What discussion? There is nothing but regurgitated belligerent vindictive PS3 fanboy talking points in here. They are not here to discuss anything. No one cares what angry trolls have to say.

What you are saying is people should have a discussion with KKK members at a lynching. Complaining or calling out the lynching as being wrong does not call for a discussion because the offending party isn't there to talk LMAO

N4G the FOX NEWS of Gaming with their own special brand of logic, reasoning and versions of news/truths

Mezzo only posts articles that have something in them that is in alignment with his pro Sony and anti MSFT ideology.

Trolls on this site don't wan't to talk they are here to vent their fears/hate/frustrations and to fight because their is something missing in their lives(no life) resulting in adopting PlayStation life? as something to be defended as if their very lifestyle is being threatened.

Luckily Gothic kids and anime loving man-children lying in wait, do not represent the vast majority of consumers

Take a spoonful please.
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DigitalRaptor  +   927d ago
"N4G the FOX NEWS of Gaming with their own special brand of logic, reasoning and versions of news/truths"

YOU were exactly the same kind of person that was spitting mis-truths about Sony and the PS3 on THIS VERY SITE. Where was that logic and reasoning back in 2005-2009, when all we heard was "PS3 is doomed", "Blu-ray will fail", "PSN sucks", "PS3 has no games", and beyond.??

See what I mean dude? You're only writing your pro-MS drivel because circumstances have changed. If MS reveal a great, original and diverse selection of games on the 21st then that would be great news and it would be foolish to fault them in that regard.

For now, we need to stick with what we know about MS and their history in gaming.

"Luckily Gothic kids and anime loving man-children lying in wait, do not represent the vast majority of consumers"

There is something wrong with your perception... but I think we all knew that already.
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AngelicIceDiamond  +   927d ago
Exactly. The reveal is upon us and fanboys are scared, downplaying the reveal now. If they were smart they would keep away from something that they clearly don't like, I mean seriously.

But nope fanboys have little intelligence and hate something that can potentially help industry. Just like Sony help the industry by announcing PS4.

Its funny because as a gamer, you would be happy for a new console reveal. But fanboys aren't real gamers in my eyes they are less of a gamer.

They're a sad and pathetic bunch.
VoiceMale  +   927d ago
You sir deserve more bubbles......well said... ppl spend a lot of time talking and posting about what they don't want in an article obviously not intended for them ,like me ,u or the company they are hating on cares and will lose sleep over it....seriously?

I swear Sony fanboys are the worst kind......
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Lvl_up_gamer  +   927d ago
Didn't sony just reveal ANOTHER killzone (a franchise that nobody cares about), and didn't GT6 just get announced? Didn't naughty Dog just register the last of us 2 & 3 domains as well as expected Uncharted titles for the PS4? Didn't God of War 4 just come out? How is wonderbook and didn't sony patent a new kinect like dual camera peripheral for the PS4?

I mean really, why do such pathetic individuals keep forgetting that SONY also has many games that they rinse and repeat
DigitalRaptor  +   927d ago
Is it any wonder people like you and greenpowerz have only one bubble?

Killzone, a franchise that "no-one" cares about? That child's talk. Killzone has millions of fans. "Your game didn't sell more than 5 million so it's not relevant, gnehhhhh" <- That is how your bitter point of view comes across mate.

People like yourself, you simply overlook the point that others make and look foolish in the process. We all know Sony has lots of sequels, but for every sequel there's a new IP or new experience that isn't just aimed at casual consumers of a new device but dedicated gamers who like diversity in their gaming platforms. And these experiences aren't exclusive to the first few years of the console's life cycle.
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DEATHSTROKE-cro-  +   927d ago
Killzone Shadow Fall is not called Killzone 4 because it's something new. a game set 30 years latter on a different planet.

inFamous Second Son is also like a reboot.
Cole is dead, new hero in a new city.
also not called inFamous 3.

DriveClub is new IP.
Knack is new IP
Tearaway is new IP.
Soul Sacrifice is new IP.
Last Of Us is new IP.
Beyond is new IP.

Uncharted, God Of War, Last Of Us,inFamous,
Beyond, Motorstorm, Warhawk/Starhawk,
Killzone, Resistance, MGS4,Gran Turismo,
Heavenly Sword,Heavy Rain, LBP,
MAG,Socom,PlayStation All-Stars,
Ratchet & Clank,Sly Cooper,
Twisted Metal,Wipeout,Demon's Souls,Dust 514,PSN exclusive games like Flow/Flower
/Journey/Dead Nation,/Echochrome

what new IP has Microsoft made in last 7 years ?
what games has X360 coming out this year ?
Clarence  +   927d ago
It's doing the as good as kinect starwars and kinect dragonball oh and milo.
Gridloc  +   927d ago
Your missing one very important point. The last Halo, Gears of War and Forza were not made by the originating developers. I know, I know it because they busy making next gen games. So what are they doing to support the 70+ million 360's (of which probably only 60 % are functional) ? I hate to say it but MS has already given up first and second party support and is solely relying on third party to make them not look like they did last gen. But that will dry up real quick once the next Xbox is launched. Hope I'm wrong but history doesn't lie...
kenshiro100  +   927d ago
Again, let's ignore the fact that Sony ALSO announced new IPs as well.
ichimaru  +   927d ago
Weak. its getting dry around here, the trolls aren't even trying anymore :(
Clarence  +   927d ago
Sure be interesting.
Jek_Porkins  +   927d ago
That isn't even close to all of Microsoft's studios, and Black Tusk is strictly core, they are said to be working on 4 brand new IP's concurrently, including a huge new AAA game on the same scale as Halo.

Rare didn't actually make Kinect Sports 2, it was Big Park, which is in the list, but it neglects to mention that Rare only got a credit for overseeing the making of the game, which means someone watched Big Park put the game together. Rare split into two studios and are rumored to be making a couple of launch titles, including a AAA core game.

In any case here is the list.

343 Industries – Halo series

Connected Experiences – Untitled Project – Design Large scale multiplayer title

Microsoft Studios – Los Angeles – Next generation core cinematic title

Microsoft Studios – Redmond Publishing – Overseeing and co-developing multiple projects in conjunction with third party development studios based in the Americas and Canada

Platform Next Studios – Next generation core title

Skybox Sports – Next generation sports project

Turn 10 Studios – Forza Motorsport series

Twisted Pixel Games – The Gunstringer, LocoCycle

Xbox Live Productions – South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play!, South Park: Tenorman's Revenge

Playful Learning – Next generation family project

Lionhead Studios – Fable series, Black & White series, Unannounced MMO-like New IP - (2 team studio - Concurrent development of Fable: The Journey, Fable Heroes and an unannounced next generation title)

Lift London – Multiple Cloud Based gaming projects

Microsoft Studios – EMEA Publishing – Overseeing and co-developing multiple projects in conjunction with third party development studios based in Europe, Middle East and Asia regions

Press Play – Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

BigPark – Joy Ride series, Kinect Sports: Season Two

Black Tusk Studios – Untitled Project - (an unannounced next generation title)

Microsoft Studios Victoria – Untitled Project

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