"A Microsoft rep reveled that the company plans on taking a cautious stance in 2009. The rep also indicated that with several unknown factors, such as the economy, the company may be in for some tough times. Microsoft also indicated plans to cut costs in the coming year. There are some clues that the company might be making a big shift towards the casual market in 2009. Can the company finally shake off the hardcore video game console stigma earned over the years?
A studio member working on the Alan Wake project did assure us that the project was not vaporware. However, that is exactly what Sony London studio reps said about Eight Days and Getaway before they were canceled. With Activision recently stating that the company would be producing fewer hardcore titles in 2009, the gaming vista looks more bleak than ever."