BigPark CEO: Xbox 360 exclusive will broaden audience, be playable at E3

Joystiq writes: "What prompts a giant like Microsoft -- amidst layoffs and studio closures -- to purchase a Vancouver-based developer that's barely two years old? Aside from boasting a collection of 20-year industry veterans that have had their hands in franchises like Need For Speed, SSX and NBA Street, BigPark Inc. benefited from having its ideas being "very compatible" with those of Microsoft."

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Elven63387d ago

So basically a casual title?

Chris3993387d ago (Edited 3387d ago )


P.S. On a serious note, while I do appreciate a broadening of the "target audience", my personal preference is for niche, hardcore, cinematic titles, so I really could care less about this announcement. The console makers, some more than others, had better pray that the casuals don't a) move on to flash games and the next Facebook craze or b) develop an appetite for more mature games (and I'm not going to get into a huge discussion on that - needless to say "mature" does not mean blood and bewbs, just something catered to an older gamer's interests): or they may find that their software catalog is suddenly at odd's with gamers' tastes and therefor dollars.

In any event, so long as the "hardcore" titles keep coming out, I can put up with the shovelware.

andron6663387d ago

"BigPark Inc. benefited from having its ideas being "very compatible" with those of Microsoft" = World Domination...

sonarus3387d ago

its going to be the motion control stuff

gambare3387d ago (Edited 3387d ago )

casual? nahhhh....

WhittO3387d ago

Sounds like MS is now investing most of its resources in the Casual Market, where Sony are announcing title after title of great games ASWELL as working on Motion Control!

CaseyRyback_CPO3387d ago (Edited 3387d ago )

you're in the movies...

Stop trying to steal the Wii audience, they are far gone(some say retarded). this applies to everyone that isn't nintendo.

Elven63387d ago

Banjo, casual? I don't know about that, it might be but not in the same vein as Lips and You're in the Movies.

cmrbe3387d ago

be welcome by the millions of casual gamers.

gaffyh3386d ago

@1.7 - Yeah Banjo isn't casual, it's just sh*t. Stupid Rare, ruined a great IP :(

cherrypie3386d ago (Edited 3386d ago )

Oh look the first two comments are knee-jerk fanboy garbage.

"casual halo cooking mama" har har fracking har.

We have *no idea* what the title is. Why dont you take your fanboy garbage to the open zone.

Xbox 360 and MS have been bringing new and innovative experiences to the market, I am more than confident they will continue. Whatever BigPark is bringing, I trust (based on the fact that MS bought the whole damn company) that it will deliver.

Sony fanboys can cry all they like, nothign is going to stop them crying from their basements.

Now, regading my *total guess*: Big Park is developing a Xbox LIVE Primetime tile.

Primetime is a very unique concept, and MS would be well served to use it to expand the market.

phosphor1123386d ago

Lol? Innovative? Like Lips? Forza 2? Gears?

I honestly can't think of any game on their console that is "innovative". Closest thing I can think of is Banjo Kazoowi: N&B, but just the building part of the game...WAS THE GAME ITSELF. That's all you did, made vehicles to suit your needs. Might as well go for LBP then.

Critical_Hit3386d ago

This might be Microsoft's attempt at making its own Wii Sports. Only time will tell.

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GiantEnemyCrab3387d ago

"Xbox 360 exclusive will broaden audience, be playable at E3"


A casual title that is aimed at the Wii crowd.

Crazy me for thinking this might actually be something that will compete with the PS3.

Well, after E3 I might be swearing off Xbox for good. They just simply aren't giving me anything to continue investing in their system. Suprise me at E3 MS!!! If you show off a bunch of multiplats and cheezy DLC for your hardcore audience and go with a bunch of casual titles the PR/media is going to have a field day.

Elven63387d ago

:O GEC saying this? Weren't you one of the biggest Microsoft fans on N4G a few months ago??

Anyways back on topic, I'm sure Microsoft will have something at E3 for the hardcore gamer. Rare has to be working on something hardcore, PD 2 me thinks.

GiantEnemyCrab3387d ago

I love my 360 but I am not liking the direction MS is heading. They "reorganize" 3 of their hardcore studios and now are replacing them with studios focusing on casual games. I would of bought a Wii if that was the experience I want.

I am just sounding an alarm but am still giving MS all the chances to turn around at E3 and announce some stuff that speaks to my gaming tastes. I bought PDZ at launch and it was the worst game I've ever played. I couldn't even make it past the 3rd mission because I was just bored to tears and it was completely lacking in every aspect. The online was barely a redeeming quality so I have zero faith in Rare to make a good FPS game especially one that can compete with the current crop of FPS. If you can't top MW or KZ2 then I say don't even bother wasting your time making an FPS.

Argh.. I've seen to have fallen into a rant.. sorry.

cranium3387d ago

There's a reason M-rated games don't sell on Nintendo platforms, and that's the same reason why this game probably won't sell on the 360.

Kyur4ThePain3387d ago (Edited 3387d ago )

Yes, GEC used to be like that.
But I tip my hat to him for now being a neutral and very level headed gamer.
Respect where it's due.

Tony P3387d ago (Edited 3387d ago )

Yeah, I figured BigPark wouldn't impress right off. MS seems to want to push the service, not the game.

I don't think it's anything as drastic as skewing E3 towards newbie gamers, but it's hard to remain optimistic. Not while their competitor announces new title after new title in more traditional genres. As a 360 owner, I could use some reassurance, preferably without waiting a month.

Edit: I'm not saying the game won't be any good since it isn't out, of course.

Microsoft Xbox 3603387d ago (Edited 3387d ago )

Hey! Some people actually like the exclusive/ground-breaking DLC and expansion packs.

chaosatom3387d ago (Edited 3387d ago )

even make me buy a 360 if the motion technology is really all that good.

But since Sony is basically doing the same thing, I don't know if this will attract new audience or not.

KKanjiAnkh3387d ago

@GEC Kudos for speaking what you feel/think, no one can take that away from you.

I don't track, or hit disagree, on anyone, even if I think some on here, have the worst view towards games, and can't take criticism even when they don't like.

I'll just tell your crazy @$$, LOL

soxfan20053387d ago (Edited 3387d ago )

You can't blame MS for going after the casual gamers (if that is what they are doing). Those 11, 12, & 13 year olds who got a Wii when it came out 3 years ago are going to be 14, 15, & 16 soon. They will be looking to "upgrade" from Wii to either PS3 or 360 without completely giving up the kinds of games the Wii offered. Both MS & Sony would be wise to target those parents - it could mean the difference between a good and a great Christmas sales season (I think Sony has already announced motion control as well for later this year). Besides, making a few casual, motion controlled games will hardly dilute the plethora of high quality, hardcore games that both consoles offer. The 360 and PS3 will ALWAYS be hardcore first and casual second - unlike the Wii.

Besides, later this year, Splinter Cell, Halo:ODST, and probably Forza 3 will be released for 360. I'm sure MS will also have a few more exclusives to announce at E3 as well - they always do.

zoneofenders3387d ago

wow GEC criticizing MS?!?
never saw that before :)

Unicron3387d ago

The disagree fairies are turning on GEC... tsk tsk. Kinda funny for such a "ps fanboy site" eh?

Mo0eY3387d ago

Good job, Crab. You saw the light and purchased the better gaming system.

Enjoy your hardcore AAA games, your Bluray movies, your free online service, and most importantly your PS3.

Matpan3386d ago

Well Unicron... it´s just 10 disagrees... you gotta give some credit to that.

Thry saying less than KZ2 is the best FPS in the universe on a KZ2 related article and watch the disagrees fly... :P


I have always said i am also more of an xbox fan, but i agree 100% is GEC. I don't like the direction MS seems to be going.

I will reserve what i think of MS till after E3, but right now i have a little pile of ps3 games which is slowly growing, while my 360 pile is just the same.

I still like getting multiplats on the 360, but i would be lying if i said i didn't feel like sticking my head in sand everytime i hear MS announce stuff like this.

and some of the stuff on the dash board is not helping. whats with those 3 noobs who do The insider and all that crap? na man, i don't like what i am seeing, not one bit. at the end of the day i am still a gamer and if i don't see games i like playing coming out i will go to where i can find them.

GEC is honest with himself, more gamers on both sides need to be the same.

cherrypie3386d ago

"aimed at the wii crowd"

You mean young people and non-experienced gamers? Like, uhm, half the planet (women) and everyone's children?

This isnt _taking_ anything from the core-gamer, it is adding to it. As the console base grows, their are more potential unit sales. MS has long ago shown to Devs and Pubs that the Xbox 360 has the market mass to sell titles.

Whatever Big Park is up-to, I'm positive will be interesting, even to the **TRUE** gamer.

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ukilnme3387d ago

They are going to show Halo Party.

aceitman3387d ago (Edited 3387d ago )

halo teabagging game where you take your motion controller and you shake it up and down and teabag someone till they die or till they wake up

kewlkat0073387d ago

would be sweet. What happened to that franchise? That and the one on N64, I used to play a lot.