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Big Microsoft first-party title canceled, high-up exec on the way out

1up Yours this week (11/09/07) mentions a couple of "hot rumors" near the end of the podcast. Here are the transcripts from the relevant segments in the podcast:

Shane: I won't go into exacting detail because these rumors haven't been confirmed but they're definitely swirling around. They're probably gonna break next week. So a preview of what you may be seeing next week. A big Microsoft first-party title that has been in the works for a very long time that people are very excited for, sounds like it's being canceled. And a Microsoft executive who's pretty high up, who's been a voice for the company, sounds like he's on the way out. (1:58:11-1:58:37)

Simon: How solid are these rumors? (1:58:46-1:58:48)

Shane: I would give these rumors like a 97-percent chance. (1:58:50-1:58:55)

Notes:
• The voices are host/EGM editor Shane Bettenhausen, 1UP Network VP of Content Simon Cox, and Jane Pinckard of GameGirlAdvance.
• The source link downloads a one-minute MP3 file, which is cut from the original podcast and contains only the relevant segment.
• For the full podcast, please see first alternative source.

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me_p3361d ago

my money on Alan Wake....

PimpHandHappy3361d ago

is out

and who ever the suit is that is leaving doesnt matter. They will fill that spot in no time

Gamespot-equals-EGM3361d ago

Halo 3 has been cancelled. That's going to hurt MS big time.

j/k, yeah i agree its probably Alan Wake, although I never really understood why people were excited about it to begin with.

MK_Red3361d ago (Edited 3361d ago )

Huxley is not much of a first party game. It's a PC game that is also being ported to 360. Also, it just got into second beta phase few days ago so I don't think it's the one.

The article/podcast says the game "Has been in works for a VERY long time" long dev time in games is more than 5 years and the Too Human was in the list of most delayed / in works games of all time so I think it's TH.
Too Human was once a N64, PSone and even GameCube game and on every one of those generation / consoles, it has was canceled once...
IF I remember correctly, in of the recent previews of Too Human (Pro-G?) they said that the game was not ready when it was showed 2 years ago at E3 and the previewer believed that it's still not ready even for a quick showing.

As for Alan Wake and why people like it, It's because it's a freaking Remedy game. The team that made the superb AAA Max Payne games and was praised by many during E3 and other showings.

ruibing3361d ago

I agree that its Alan Wake.

Evil0Angel3361d ago

agree with every single word you said.
respect man

TheSadTruth3361d ago

It's Banjo Kazooie 3

I have a friend of a friend, whose cousin works at Microsoft, who got the details directly from RARE. You didn't hear this from me

Sean142333361d ago

I think your right. That title has been one I have wanted more info in since I purchased my 360 at Launch in Nov 05, yet nothing ever gets announced about it, 2 E3's later still no news. I bet this is the one.

Leathersoup3360d ago

After playing Max Payne I was really looking forward to Alan Wake. :(

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ktchong3361d ago (Edited 3361d ago )

The official site was there a while ago, and now it's gone! Now the link redirects to the main page.

http://www.banjo-kazooie.co...

InMyOpinion3361d ago

Sounds most probable. Alan Wake, Too human and Fable 2 are too far into the development process and we've seen demos and trailers from all of them.

Banjo Threeie on the other hand has never been shown to public more than that it made an appearance in one of MS trailers at a gameshow(was it last E3?). Too bad cause the 360 really needs a platformer and Rare knows how to do them well.

TheSadTruth3361d ago

Rare is such a joke these days. They are the company that single handedly saved the SNES and made the n64 the greatest multiplayer console in the history of gaming. What have they done since then? Viva Pinata, PDZ, Kameo and that's it. What a f***ing disappointment -_-.

Gamespot-equals-EGM3360d ago

Rare is like the girl who used to be ultra hot but now is just a scrub. You see her 10 years later and she's all wrinkly from being out in the sun too much and out of shape from eating to much and being lazy.

EDMIX3360d ago

WTF? its not Alan Wake MS does not own the IP, Remedy does, its a 3rd party dev, like Epic and Gears. Its not Banjo either, they said in development for a long time, AAA, and a lot of people are excited for. My beats are on Fable, cause they showed this game at E3 2006, and then after that Nothing. Its not Too Human either Silcan Knights owns the IP, where do you noobs here this crap from? Alan Wake?

tplarkin73360d ago

You're assuming that "first party" was the text book definition. You may be right, but the leaker/mole may not have used the most accurate term.

sanderFVCKINcohen3360d ago (Edited 3360d ago )

Your retarded....it is not Fable2, because they just finished there diary#3...if you had a 360 you would know that, and by that, it shows they are still strongly in developeing Fable2. Nor is it Alan Wake, you goofs: http://n4g.com/News-82334.a...

It is also not Banjo Kazooie3, because that is just ridiculouse for Rare not to make it...because they have something to prove. The only game that I will see as a first-party developer being canceled under Microsfot Games Studios IS.....drumrolllsss.....HALO WARS. Thats RIGHT...maybe its for financial reasons, or they need more workers on another certain game...like Fable2 or Peter Molyneux's other project known as the "Dimitri Project"(which is B.C., not canceled, just suspended).

karlostomy3360d ago

errrm... you're kidding right?

cancel a HALO game on the 360? The mere mention of the 'H' word in the 360 community equals guaranteed sales.
WHy on earth would MGS cancel guaranteed sales?

nuh-uh.

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Jack Bauer3361d ago

lame, prolly gonna be alan wake...

InMyOpinion3361d ago

You just want it to be =)

ShiftyLookingCow3361d ago (Edited 3361d ago )

Alan Wake is owned by Remedy(MS only has publishing rights like Mass Effect, unlike Halo and Gears of War) so it isn't exactly first party.

from Alan Wake forums(see comment by mod):
http://www.alanwake.com/for...

gamermoney19853361d ago

i think its too human it has to be cause it is the only game from ms that every time u look around something else is goining wrong, beside alan wake site was just updated why would they up date there site just to canle the game.