Pre-E3 06: Microsoft's E3 Press Conference wrapup

In addition to a list of Xbox Live Arcade additions from Namco, Konami, Sega, and Midway, two sequels to existing franchises were announced. Moore confirmed that Fable 2 is in development and that the game's creator, Lionhead Studios, had been acquired as a first-party developer. Forza Motorsport 2 was shown as well, followed by the announcement of anXbox 360 wireless steering wheel.

In addition to showing an extremely brief trailer of Japanese-created RPG Blue Dragon and referring to Lost Odyssey, Peter Moore showed a Grand Theft Auto IV logo on his arm. He revealed that the next chapter in the franchise would appear on Xbox 360 on October 16, 2007 in the US - “day one” with the game's official release - and the game would be joined by exclusive episodic content over Xbox Live. No details on that exclusive content was revealed.

Moore spoke a bit on Vista, the next iteration of Windows, and its benefits to gamers, though the brief glimpses of Age of Conan, Flight Simulator X and Crysis were barely satisfying. Moore also showed a teaser for the combat game Shadowrun and a fresh, brief trailer of “genre-busting” horror adventure game Alan Wake, both of which will be available simultaneously on both PC and Xbox 360.


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