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Microsoft: More Fable, Halo, Gears, Forza on the way, surprises due at E3

Tuesday, 22 March 2011 20:45 GMT By Alex Donaldson

Bet you didn’t see this coming – Microsoft is to make more Fable, more Halo, more Forza and more Gears of War.

Microsoft’s senior director of PC and mobile gaming, Kevin Unangst, has told Gamasutra that we’ll see more of Microsoft’s key properties in the future.

“You’re going to see us do more with Forza, with Halo, with Fable; all the franchises,” he told the site when asked about if they’d be expanding the universes of titles like Halo further.

It’s not all about those IPs, though. “As a first-party studio, our job is also to experiment, also to lead the way, set the example… things like the integration between Kinect and the phone.”

When pressed by Gama on Microsoft’s so far lacking 2011 line-up and the lack of games other than Forza 4 and Gears of War 3 for this fall, Unangst was clear that there is more waiting in the wings.

“This is not the sum total. Although I love what we’re doing… there’s games that we’ve already even talked about coming this year. Games like Forza 4, games like Kinect Star Wars that we’re not yet talking about. That, and some other surprises I’m sure you’ll see and hear from us at E3 about.”

So there you have it, folks. Surprises at E3 and more Halo. The sun will also rise tomorrow. Check out the full interview over at Gamasutra.

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30 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    So whats been announced so far from Microsoft?

    Gears Of war 3
    Forza 4
    Star Wars crappy kinect game
    Codename: Kingdoms from CRYTEK
    Some 2 games from JP developers with Steel Battalion
    Rumored some Gears Of War kinect game
    Rumored crappy Halo HD title (on the Halo:Reach engine)

    and thats…. probably it?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Nozz

    Microsoft seriously need to pull their socks up for E3 and beyond, I wanted to buy a 360 this year for Gears 3 and maybe some other good games but the lineup is pretty bad so far.

    Kinect just isn’t my thing either.. Which is why I don’t expect much from these “suprises”.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. bluffbluff03

    @ 1. Yeah, thats the problem right, but the news says that there WILL BE more games … get it? Edit: the rumored Gears of War Titel have already been denied ;-)
    I´m more interested in the new game by playdead, you know, the guys made LIMBO which was also a 360-exclusive.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. LOLshock94

    one problem fable END THAT FUCKING FRANCHISE ITS SHIT. more gears, forza and halo is very good keep it up MS

    @1 STFU you fucking no life

    #4 4 years ago
  5. bluffbluff03

    @ #2 If you have no 360…whats about Splinter Cell, Fable, Alan Wake…all the other games you missed ;-)

    #5 4 years ago
  6. lexph3re

    Hm what will ms be showing off I wonder?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Nozz

    @5 Very true. Only problem is although its great going back through some awesome exclusives, I get the feeling that there isn’t going to be much to look forward to.

    I Guess I’ll decide after E3.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    “whats about Splinter Cell, Fable, Alan Wake…all the other games you missed ”

    All of them are mediocre at best.

    @Nozz, i’m still buying one this year. I want Gears Of war 3 and Codename:Kingdoms.
    Forza 4 i will try. You should see the E3, maybe they will have something better.

    I do agree that kinect is… mehh…

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Dark

    Of course they are, it’s all they’ve got.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. bluffbluff03

    @ 7 Yes, thats right.
    http://www.vg247.com/2011/03/22/microsoft-more-fable-halo-gears-forza-on-the-way-surprises-due-at-e3/
    “whats about Splinter Cell, Fable, Alan Wake…all the other games you missed ”

    All of them are mediocre at best”

    Wrong! You might think so, but that does not mean that they ARE mediocre. I mean with SC or Alan wake I had more fun than with uncharted or Castlevania…Conviction is really impressive and Alan Wake is very special…I know…but if you are able to understand the sense behind the story and the different allusions…
    The other way around I cannot understand the fascination of Heavy Rain…it bored me . Everyone think different…but no one thinks wrong.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. mathare92

    Oh look, a new writer! Welcome Alex Donaldson…

    TO HELL.

    :P

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    “but if you are able to understand the sense behind the story and the different allusions…”

    the story in Alan Wake was the only decent thing there, everything else OK at best. Also, great atmosphere, but everything else is just… Not good.

    Splinter Cell:C is also dumbed down version of crappy stealth action game.
    splinter Cell 1,2,3 were brilliant. After that Ubi didn’t made something fantastic in the franchise. Maybe they will do something fantastic in the future, who knows… but thats just my opinion.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Suikoden Fan

    well forza 3 bored me, halo is ok but overated, i havent played fable 3 yet but i’ve heard whats been said so what microsoft has said here has exactly made me interested

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    Open your wallet. Take a coin out for everytime MS has said they had something good to announce/ a surprise/something that will make fans happy. Put a coin on the table for everytime they actually delivered, otherwise put it back in.

    You wallet isnt getting any lighter…

    #14 4 years ago
  15. monu-mental

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO at Microsoft for their ever-growing lackluster status.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. bluffbluff03

    @ 12

    Yeah, okay, some were happy about sam getting more action-based and some wants there stealth back…i think with this step SC lost many fans but also got some new one…..but i have never understood why there was no PS3-Version….i read a statement of a ubi-developper that says the PS3-conrtoller was too unwieldy…I mean he is right, but that cant be the reason :-D

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Nozz

    @14 which is precisely what my concerns are!

    All of this is corporate hype and i’m sure Microsoft and Sony have been saying the same thing every year.

    also @10 I can link to an article too – http://www.vg247.com/2010/03/05/microsoft-plans-to-maintain-core-focus-alongside-natal-release/

    hmmmm!

    #17 4 years ago
  18. bluffbluff03

    Yeah, did nor really understand the link to the article…but maybe a different point. I bought my 360 after my PS3….the reason was no Gears or no Halo…but the stunning OnlineService. Of courseone need to pay but the supporting was (maybe still is) much better. Most of my favourite games are multiplatforms. Why the worries about exklusives?

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Nozz

    @18 The link was put there for irony purposes.

    “Why the worries about exklusives?”

    Because I have a ps3 with more or less all the multi-platform releases on it. I actually used to have a 360 and am a big fan of Gears, what I was trying to say is that although I planned to buy another 360 for gears 3 and have no interest for Kinect, I dont know if it would be worth getting one with what the currently known lineup of games coming out for it.

    E3 will reveal all!

    EDIT: I do like Xbox Live and its features but tbh i wouldn’t go out and buy a console for that reason alone.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Same old same old…..starting to sound like Nintendo…

    Presently, Gears 3 is the ONLY 360 exclusive I’m interested in.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. OrbitMonkey

    The Locust invade Albion! It’s up to a young man called Chief to pit his driving skills on the race-tracks of this fair land to defeat the menace! *Kinnect support available*

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Robster1979

    Sony announce games a long time before release.
    Microsoft don’t.
    Its nothing new and is no reflection on the quanitiy and quality of titles coming in the future.
    Some you know about, some you do’t.

    (Can the bickering now end)

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Kuwabara

    was so obvious. Microsoft suck when it comes to exclusives. All they can bring is the same games and milking the franchises.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. triggerhappy686

    New Alan Wake is what I really want but im not sure its ever going to happen. Poor Remedy, sending it out along side Red Dead was a huge mistake.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. theevilaires

    I hope you still got that bookmark Gherrit White ;)

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Gekidami

    @22
    That isnt actually true. Most of the games Sony have/are releasing this year were only announced last year. MS on the other hand seems to have massive amounts of time between announcements and releases. I mean, they didnt announce much last year for this year, but what they did announce (Forza 4, Kingdom) dont even have release dates that i’m aware of.

    Sony have announced games long before they come out, but its not something they do all the time. It seems pretty clear the MS announce games when they have games to announce. Otherwise, they got nothin’.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Ge0force

    So we can expect Fable Kinect, Halo Kinect and Forza Kinect on E3 2011? :)

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Shonak

    @10: I completely agree with you. Although I didn’t like Conviction that much, it was a fun experience and kinda cool to let Sam move through the level like a Predator, not like a human. More or less.
    And well, yeah. Alan Wake was my GOTY 2010, it’s superb. But maybe I am just a Remedy Fanboy, dunno know.

    I sincerely wish that Microsoft announces at least 2-3 original titles this year at E3 for 2011/2012. Can’t wait for the Codename: Kingdoms Trailer too, if they show anything at all. I will probably be disappointed at the E3 again this year, but of course I will watch it – together with constant facepalming because of well… the whole embarrasement of those on stage.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. bluffbluff03

    @ 19 Ah, okay, got it :-) I can understand your opinion but i dont realley share….I was not that much interested in exclusive games…mor about the technical and others innovations the consle offers. But I can really understand you.

    @ 28 Nice to hear someone is thinking similar ;-) And I can tell you: You are not a remedy fanboy .. you are just a gamer with good taste :-D

    #29 4 years ago
  30. IL DUCE

    @1 Pretty sure there’s still 2 more months before E3 so the point of “surprises” is that we don’t know about the games yet (Halo 4? Fable 4 or a spin off?), we may know the majority of them but they will surprise us with something else…Not to mention first party games are becoming a thing of the past since most companies want to maximize their profit not limit it to one system, so it’s not like MS needs all these first party games because every multi-platform game sells more copies on the 360 over the PS3 for the most part (RDR, Call of Duty, etc.)…you know I thought I was a negative person dude but you are the most negative person on this site, pretty much exactly who Josh Olin was talking about…go back and cuddle with your PS3 cuz you’re obviously a troll PS3 fanboy…

    #30 4 years ago

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    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]