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Microsoft To Bring “Beloved Franchise” to PC with New Game, Cloud Will Be Central to the Experience

Microsoft Game Studios are working to bringing a "beloved franchise" to Windows 8, as specified by a career opportunity ad.

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Christopher953d ago

So, locking out Win7 already?

Completely unnecessary.

cesuf953d ago

Releasing a game to win8 is not locking out win7. Overreact much?

And if said game relies on some form of cloud use, then obviously it is necessary.

Sarobi953d ago

I heard they were planning on pulling Windows 7 from store shelves soon.. so I wouldn't be surprised if they were locking it out.

nypifisel953d ago

@Sarobi

Then you're wrongly informed cause MS just announced they would prolong the sale of W7

rdgneoz3952d ago

@cesuf So at the moment, Windows 7 users can't play any MMOs, Diablo 3, or last Sim City game (which with the "power of the cloud" crashed and burned horribly at the start)? Saying "the cloud" is basically a new way of saying it has dedicated servers or has to always be connected online to play.

Christopher952d ago (Edited 952d ago )

***Releasing a game to win8 is not locking out win7. Overreact much?***

You might want to read what the position required:

"Microsoft Game Studios is looking for a senior engineer with services development experience to join our team and help us build a new title based on a beloved franchise for Windows 8."

For windows 8.... That means exactly that... Just for Windows 8. At no point did they say "For Windows OS with a focus on Windows 8" or anything of the like.

rainslacker952d ago

This game will likely be a year or two out if they are just now looking for senior engineers. By then I'm sure Windows 7 will be phased out.

Christopher952d ago (Edited 952d ago )

***By then I'm sure Windows 7 will be phased out.***

Not at all likely.

http://www.zdnet.com/window...

Windows 8 would have to see an unprecedented growth. Even then, at least 25% of the market will still be using Win7 (more than likely closer to 40%).

This is purely Microsoft forcing Windows 8 on people since the adoption rate for it has been abysmal in comparison to other Windows OS releases.

Letros952d ago (Edited 952d ago )

Likely for purchase through the W8 store, Project Spark/Halo:SA is W8 only and it'll work that way going forward. People complained that there's no real reason to upgrade to W8, well they listened lol. Also DX11.2 is W8 only, when tiled resources become widely used on X1, it'll translate to PC.

rainslacker952d ago

I'm sure. What I meant though is that in 2 years or so, MS will start phasing out support for Windows 7. I doubt MS wants to support another OS for the long term like they did XP. But even with XP, their software support not related to the OS itself eventually dried up. It is a way to force obsolescence though, which is what you are saying.

At this point though, it's likely the game is being designed around some feature of Windows 8. The only real difference between 7 and 8 though is the Metro UI and the way they handle apps/programs, along with some memory management stuff.

Christopher952d ago

***Likely for purchase through the W8 store, Project Spark/Halo:SA is W8 only and it'll work that way going forward.***

Yes, and it's only being done to force people to upgrade to their latest and greatest. No other reason since DX 11.1 can be put out on Win7. They both use the same framework and there is zero reason the can't put it out other than they want people to use Win8 and force people to use the Win8 storefront (they want to turn PCs into closed OS systems like iOS and Android) so they can get a cut of everything sold on PC.

See why Gabe Newell is so angry with Win8 and Microsoft.

*** I doubt MS wants to support another OS for the long term like they did XP.***

Microsoft's license agreement says they will support each OS release for a minimum of 10 years.

***At this point though, it's likely the game is being designed around some feature of Windows 8.***

The _only_ feature in Win8 that can't be in Win7 is the tiles UI. Otherwise, they are holding back on Win7 to force upgrades.

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Gamer1982953d ago

Hmm indeed everybody thought this game was a new xbone game..

DeadlyFire952d ago

It could be a Xbone/PC game. I think Fable is one that should be considered. When I think of beloved franchise from Microsoft I see only Fable and Halo. Considering the new Fable will be getting episodic like content over the whole generation of Xbone. It could be coming to PC as well. It utilizes cloud tech.

DOMination-952d ago

If its pc then I'm guessing age of empires is the most likely fit

Gabenbrah953d ago

Halo F2P is my guess, there's been so much evidence to put to that.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney953d ago (Edited 953d ago )

Thank god the cloud is not exclusive... lol

@ShinMaster

Nah xbox will still be here. But my ps4 will be next to my pc nov 2014..

If they are making it for win8(low selling OS) it's probably another small game like that halo thing.

I want Quantum break on pc so we can play it at it's highest potential.

ShinMaster953d ago

Looks like Microsoft is starting moving back to PC.
This might be the beginning of the end of Xbox.

...but probably not

wtopez953d ago

Bring all the AAA Xbox titles to PC please. I would love to see all the 360 Halos on PC with updated graphics. And all the Gears (even Judgement- I actually really enjoyed it). Let's start with Dead Rising 3 please and thank you.

MegaRay953d ago

Just cancel x1 and put all game in PC. Everyone has a pc so its a win-win

memots952d ago

Yup I would love Forza on Pc, I'm sure the mods for it could make it pretty epic

gamernova953d ago

So PC is getting this infamous cloud too? Whatever. Anything added to PC is better for PC gamers and as a PC gamer I am all for more.

ShinMaster953d ago

Looks like Microsoft is moving back to PC.

This might be the beginning of the end of Xbox.

NoLongerHereCBA953d ago

Microsoft has always supported the PC. This is in no way an indication that it is the beginning of the end for Xbox.

ShinMaster953d ago

They wouldn't be admitting to stuff like this if it wasn't true:
http://www.lazygamer.net/ge...
"we’ve lost our way a bit in supporting Windows games"
http://www.gamespot.com/art...

Heck, you haven't gotten a Halo game on PC since the second one.

PixelNinja953d ago

Or.. maybe it's because windows is owned by Microsoft and they need to bring content out for that platform so they don't alienate their community.

ShinMaster953d ago

Also because it's more profitable than Xbox.

BitbyDeath953d ago

It's likely a move to combat steam.
Steam Consoles are going to become a big issue for Windows in the near future as Valve are trying to get Windows gamers (and devs) to switch over to Linux.

Blank952d ago

My exact thoughts as well its a shame they pretty much had the pc gaming market to themselves in many times but they just didnt bother too mucb now that steam is picking up momentum they want to focus on pc gaming this also reminds me of the windows smartphone os before the metro ui came in they had that market but didnt focus it took apple and google to get them moving

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