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Microsoft’s Phil Spencer spent some of his Sunday answering questions on Twitter and the Head of the Xbox Division revealed quite a bit about the company’s future plans. Looking forward to this year’s E3 Expo, Spencer had this to say…
- He confirmed that at least one new property and (shocker of shockers) several sequels will be announced at E3.
- These new game announcements will include several new studios that Microsoft is working with.
- And as we’ve been hearing for months, an Xbox One game from a Japanese developer will be announced at E3.
- But we won’t have to wait for E3 for all of Microsoft’s announcements. Spencer said that several pre-E3 announcements will happen in May. Hey! That’s this month!
- Finally, Microsoft plans to make the hardcore gamer the “main focus” of this year’s E3 Expo, whatever that means.
Spencer also told his followers that Fable Anniversary is most likely not in development for the Xbox One and that Microsoft and Mojang are getting close to a Minecraft: Xbox One Edition announcement, but they’re not there yet. Minecraft might be one of the last digital games Microsoft has a direct hand in as the company is currently moving away from publishing third-party digital games. This is due to the fact they would prefer to focus on “opportunities with IP we own that we’ve neglected.” However, he didn’t elaborate on which properties he was referring to.
And in case you were hoping for an Xbox-branded handheld to be revealed at this year’s E3 Expo, you might want to know that it’s probably out of the question. However, development on games for Windows Phones and Windows 8 tablets will continue, possibly with controller support in the future.
Finally, one thing Spencer didn’t talk about was Halo 5, stating “I can’t talk about anything related to a 343i IP.” Hopefully, we’ll learn more about that one at this year’s E3 Expo.
For those looking for new content on the Xbox Live Store today, here’s what you’ll find:
- The Wolf Among Us: Smoke & Mirrors, the second episode of Telltale’s Fables adaptation continues the story of Bigby the Big Bad Wolf.
- Fable Anniversary, everyone’s favorite Xbox RPG, complete with the “Lost Chapters” expansion.
- Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, a multiplayer brawler and the latest game in Bandai Namco’s long-running series of Dragon Ball Z adaptations.
More information on all of these games can be found after the break. (more…)
This week’s New Releases Report kicks off with the long-awaited 3DS RPG Bravely Default. If you like your RPGs Japanese and old school, you’ll want to give Bravely Default a look. And in fact, the game is a semi-sequel to another throwback RPG, Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light. And speaking of throwback RPGs, Microsoft plans to release Fable Anniversary, their Xbox 360 remake of Fable and Fable: The Lost Chapters, this week.
Microsoft has announced that Fable Anniversary will be released for the Xbox 360 on February 4, 2014. Originally scheduled for a Fall 2013 release, Fable Anniversary’s new launch date represents an actual milestone anniversary for the game, which originally shipped for the Xbox in September 2004.
Xbox Wire, which is beginning to publish articles to rival the quality content produced by the PlayStation Blog, sat down with Producer Craig Oman to get the skinny on the differences between the Fable of 2004 and the Fable Anniversary of 2014. It’s worth a read if you’re a fan of Lionhead’s RPG franchise.
Fable Anniversary pushed back to February 2014
Lionhead Studios has announced they won’t be able to release Fable Anniversary this Fall. The news was delivered via their official blog, with Lead Designer Ted Timmins saying, “[W]e need a little more time in order to meet our ambitions and give you, the fans, the best game possible.”
How much more time do they need? Timmins confirmed that Fable Anniversary will now be released in February 2014.
While this is disappointing for fans, this is especially bad news for Microsoft as Fable Anniversary was being positioned as the Xbox 360’s marquee title for the Fall. As of right now, only one disc-based game will be released for the Xbox 360 before the end of the year (Zoo Tycoon, which is also in development for the Xbox One). Microsoft also plans to publish several Xbox Live Arcade titles during the remainder of 2013 including the free-to-play Ascend: Hand of Kul.
I know launching a new console is hard, but Microsoft seems to be forgetting about the Xbox 360 awfully fast.
PAX Prime practically takes place in Microsoft’s backyard and the consolemaker will have a large presence at the show, taking over three booths (#412, #422, and #432) and a hefty chunk of the Washington State Convention Center. But they only plan to have eight games on display, and one of them is on loan from Electronic Arts.
Four Xbox One games will be playable on the show floor including Crytek’s Ryse: Son of Rome, Turn 10’s Forza Motorsport 5, Double Helix’s Killer Instinct reboot, and DICE’s Battlefield 4.
Microsoft also plans to erect a massive theater in their booth that will showcase developer-guided demos of four additional games on a 30-minute rotation. The rotation includes new looks at Rare’s Kinect Sports Rivals:, Capcom’s Dead Rising 3, the game creation game Project Spark, and the lone Xbox 360 game in their booth, Fable Anniversary. According to Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb, “other surprises” may be in store for the Xbox booth as well.
This year’s PAX Prime expo runs from August 30 through September 2. More details on all of the demos can be found after the break. (more…)
Fable was one of the games that helped put the original Xbox on the map. Now, on the eve of the launch of the Xbox One, Microsoft has announced Fable Anniversary for the Xbox 360.
Fable Anniversary is in development at Lionhead Studios and will be released this holiday season. The new edition will include a graphical overhaul, “almost instant loading times,” an all-new interface, Achievements, and Xbox SmartGlass support. The game will also come complete with the Fable’s only expansion, The Lost Chapters.
“We’re really excited to bring Fable to Xbox 360,” said Ted Timmins, Lead Designer on Fable Anniversary. “It’s the game that the Fable community has been asking for, so we wanted to make sure Fable Anniversary delivered the definitive Fable experience for both long-time fans and newcomers to the franchise.”
Timmons also promised that chicken punting will return. In fact, not only will the popular pastime be included in Fable Anniversary, Timmons revealed, “There’s now a leaderboard for [it]!”