During the Xbox One console reveal Microsoft made it very clear that they’re developing 15 exclusive titles, all to release in the first year of Xbox One.
So just what are those titles and should we be excited?
The New Games
We already know that 8 of these will be brand New IP’s (intellectual proporties). So while they’re harder (nigh on impossible) to guess at, we can whittle that amount down a little already.
We saw the first new title at the reveal, Remedy’s very own Quantum Break. A strange narrative-driven game that looks set to involve a small girl with the power of time. In some ways it remind me a lot of Sony’s own Quantic Dream studio that developed titles such as Heavy Rain and the eagerly anticipated Beyond: Two Souls. To further back that claim up there’ll be a Quantum Break TV show to run alongside the game. Exactly how the two will interact we haven’t been told but it could be very interesting.
The second new IP that we can check off the list is Ryse. A Kinect controlled Roman Gladiator game originally shown at e3 in 2011 for the Xbox 360. Crytek have confirmed that Ryse was moved to the Xbox One and will take full advantage of the latest version of Kinect.
Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver are also hard at work on a new IP that Microsoft are hoping will become “the next Halo.” A big task indeed but that’s now three new IP’s we can check off the list leaving five remaining.
There have also been rumours that Titan; the codename given to the game in development by Respawn Entertainment could be an Xbox One exclusive. Respawn Entertainment is comprised of many ex-Infinity Ward members who worked on the gigantic Call of Duty: Modern Warfare franchise. Should EA have the financial backing from Microsoft this could be an Xbox One exclusive and also fits the new IP tag.
Four down, four to go for new franchises but from here it gets tricky. It’s difficult to pinpoint which studios would bring the new franchises let alone actually be able to read their minds on what they’re developing.
Black Tusk Studio’s Game
The Old Games
We’ll now move onto the games we know and love, the franchise games that are set to make their debut on the Xbox One. So let’s get the big one out of the way – Halo 5.
At the reveal of Halo 4 back at e3 2012, we heard Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment at Microsoft say that this was the start of a “new trilogy of Halo games.” Also take into account the new TV show and it wouldn’t be a total surprise to see Halo 5 appear on Xbox One.
Turn 10′s much adored Forza series is already confirmed as a launch title for the Xbox One. Forza Motorsport 5 is set to build on the series 360 outings but in exactly what way we’re not sure as current details are scarce.
You’d be a fool to also not bet against Gears of War coming back to Xbox. While like Halo the series has hit a downturn with it’s latest outing, the name is still strong enough to draw back a strong audience. Especially if it’s a next-gen Gears game and there’s no reason why Microsoft would ditch the franchise.
Let’s not forget Rare either. Despite Microsoft’s intent on having Rare develop for Kinect, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has already teased that they are about to let Rare off the leash for Xbox One.
“Fans of Rare and Rare IP I think will be pleased with what we’re going to show at E3.”
“We had a limited amount of time today and a lot of story to tell. But Rare remains an incredibly important part of our development capability.
Despite Microsoft’s intent on having Rare develop for Kinect, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has already teased that they are about to let Rare off the leash for Xbox One.
“That historic IP that they’ve built I think can play a real important role on Xbox One.”
So one IP that we already know is coming from Rare. But which one? We have three possibilities.
Perfect Dark would fit into Microsoft’s need to lure the hardcore gamer, but could the pressure of other shooters from Microsoft Game Studios mean that Joanna Dark has to wait?
Banjo Kazooie is another blast from the past that’s yearned for by Rare fans. The bear and bird’s last outing was back in 2008 and while the ending teased a sequel, we’d be surprised to see it come to fruition.
In fact the safe money might be on the return of Killer Instinct. Microsoft renewed the trademark in March this year and a fighter at the moment is severely lacking from both Microsoft Game Studios and the Xbox One line-up.
Forza Motorsport 5
Gears of War
Rare (Perfect Dark/Banjo Kazooie/Killer Instinct)
The Kinect Games
It had to come to this at some point. Despite the thought of 15 exclusive games you just know that some would be Kinect only.
The Kinect has been improved and now appears to deliver the promise when it was first demoed under the Project Natal name a few years ago.
Dance Central was quickly known as the game that sold Kinect and I see no reason not to see another Dance Central game launching with Xbox One as an exclusive. The original quickly became a hit, selling 2.5m copies worldwide and spawning two sequels.
Getting fit and having family fun is also a Microsoft execs way to lure in the family audience and to get them to buy an Xbox One. The biggest shock would be to not see an equivilant Dance Central, Kinect Adventure, Kinect Fit line-up for Xbox One at launch.
Microsoft still look set on securing the living room and drawing the audience Nintendo had with both Wii Fit and Wii Sports – what better way to do it by enticing them with the new Kinect on Xbox One?
Kinect Family Title (Kinect Adventures)
Kinect Fitness Title
So there we have it. 15 games, all exclusive and all coming to Xbox One. How close do you think we are to the actual 15 games or perhaps I’ve missed an obvious one? Let us know in the comments below.
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