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The Xbox 360's next three years

The 360’s future has never looked so bright. Well… ‘never’ is maybe going overboard. It’s certainly never looked shinier or blacker, and definitely never sounded so quiet. Games like Crysis 2 and Rage look so much nicer than the real world that you’ll never want to leave the house again. Let’s not forget the 360 launched with the likes of Perfect Dark Zero and Far Cry Instincts Predator – games so ugly, with textures so plasticky and greasy they looked as though everything had been rubbed with meat.

Estimates from publishers and developers put the dawn of the next-next generation around 2013 or 2014, which firmly places the 360 in the pension line at the Post Office, but the extended lifespan has seen developers push boundaries like no generation before it. Take a look at the industry’s worst-kept secrets, and at how the biggest games of the next three years could be the biggest games of the generation.


From Turn 10…
Forza Kinect

”There’s the Burnout Natal demo where people were driving Burnout like this,” Turn 10’s Dan Greenawalt told us last year, waving his arms around. Forza Kinect has those controls but that’s not what excites Greenawalt. Head tracking and being able to reach out and touch your car is the future of Forza, but with the E3 demo still bearing the Forza 3 logo, the next Forza is an update, not a sequel.


From Io Interactive…
Hitman 5

Io has messed about with Kane and Lynch and Mini Ninjas for too long; Hitman has development woes but it is under development. A trip last year to Io’s Denmark offices let us peek into a room where every PC desktop displayed the Hitman logo, while movie mag Variety claims the 2011 movie sequel will borrow plot elements from the next game release.


From Ubisoft Toronto…
Splinter Cell 6

Already confirmed by Ubisoft and under way at its newly-formed Toronto studio, the sixth Splinter Cell builds on the foundation established by Conviction and is headed up by the same leads – Maxime Beland, Alexandre Parizeau, and Patrick Redding. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is Ubisoft’s spring tentpole; expect Sam Fisher to take Christmas 2011.


From Crytek…
Codename: Kingdoms

The trailer reveals little, but sources suggest Microsoft has brought in Crytek to out-Sony Sony. The 360 has Forza to Sony’s Gran Turismo and Gears of War to its Killzone, but it has no exclusive to beat God of War. With Gears 3 and Halo Reach shipping within six months of one another, Microsoft has no heavy-hitter for Christmas 2011. Kingdoms might be the CryEngine 3-powered answer to both problems.


From Crystal Dynamics…
Tomb Raider

Last year, Crystal Dynamics was recruiting for a game they described as “one of the most prestigious AAA franchises in the industry” and a stack of leaked slides revealed a rebooted Tomb Raider starring a young Lara Croft in an Arkham Asylum-style open-ish world. Sources suggest the ninth Tomb Raider will be Square Enix’s big Christmas game in 2011.


From Insomniac…
Untitled project

Insomniac, long-time developers for Sony’s various PlayStations, has jumped ship and joined EA to work on 360, PS3, and PC. The team behind Ratchet and Clank and Resistance has always worked on surprising projects, and the deal with EA – which covers one IP and one game only – will undoubtedly be something totally unexpected.

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  • Noggin-Puncher - August 30, 2010 9:43 p.m.

    jmcgrotty- Halo and Doom are crap and nobody plays them? I STILL play Doom 3, and I'm selling MW2 to buy Halo Reach. Both games practically revolutionized the FPS genre.
  • Dabenguin - August 30, 2010 1:56 a.m.

    "...– which covers one IP and one game only –..." What's an IP
  • soren7550 - August 30, 2010 1:50 a.m.

    I'll tell you what can make the 360's luminous: Perfect Dark 2. Perfect Dark Zero (largely panned now, but I still enjoy it) and Perfect Dark (both the 64 and XBLA versions) were huge successes, and I seriously cannot be the only one pining for a continuation of the series.
  • philipshaw - August 28, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    How about getting passed by PS3 in worldwide sales by the end of this year
  • yagirlfriendsfavoriterapper - August 28, 2010 2:18 a.m.

    Halo 4 will be held for the next XBOX to sell consoles.
  • SumthingStupid - August 27, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    i love insomniac, but i hope it won't be a FPS
  • crumbdunky - August 27, 2010 9:02 p.m.

    That's a LOT of multiplat so could just have easily said "the next three years of PS3", couldn't it? Crytek's game and Halo4-take them out and it's was practically ALL multi and an add on that's going with a game we already have? we all already know there's more than that exclusively on the 360 si why concentrate ion stuff we can also play elsewhere? I wanted hints about exclusives for my Elite, y'know?
  • YuGiOhisbetterthanMagic - August 27, 2010 6:16 p.m.

    Hitman 5 better be the best damn hitman ever, blood money set my expectations pretty high.
  • MetalReborn - August 27, 2010 5:58 p.m.

    does this mean that ratchet and clank could be coming to the 360, or does sony own those rights? If so, that'd be awesome! I loved those games on my ps2
  • pin316 - August 27, 2010 11:53 a.m.

    why do people keep going on about BluRay for the 360....it's never going to happen, period. It was revealed a while ago that there is no way to connect a BluRay drive to the 360 that will allow a transfer rate quick enough for the data rates needed to use BluRay for gaming. Therefore, the only way the 360 would ever see BluRay would be if they released a v2 that had the derive integrated, which would single-handedly destroy MS business in gaming as it would alienate everyone who has a 360 without the drive due to them not being able to play games released for their console. If MS ever go with increased media capacity it will be with the next gen console. As for disc swapping - it's really not a big issue, or it shouldn't be at least. Final Fantasy VII on the playstion was 3 cds, Monkey Island 2 on the Amiga 500 was 12 740k floppy-discs, hundreds of games have come out with disc-swapping and it's never been a problem. The only way it affects game development is for open world titles, any other game-type can be developed so that disc-swapping does not detract from it. We should be praising these companies that give us games with disc-swapping, for their ingenuity and ability to provide us with a complete titles regardless of disc-size constraints. The 360 is doing just fine without a BluRay drive
  • ax37 - August 27, 2010 10:41 a.m.

    blu ray = More Loading
  • Spybreak8 - August 27, 2010 8:57 a.m.

    To tell you the truth I love my 360 but also secretly hope it doesn't break on me every time I turn it on. I think it's been a way better investment than upgrading my old desktop.
  • jmcgrotty - August 27, 2010 7:50 a.m.

    1) I am pretty damn happy that the Kinect was basically not mentioned at all, as it has already failed and any reasonable person knows it won't be around long. 2) One big problem with this list is the inclusion of FPS'es. No one plays that crap, so who cares if they are working on a new Halo or Doom? 3) While both of those things are obvious, this might be something I am more in the minority on: Switching disks is a major deal to me. I will (and have) literally not play a new game if it has disk swapping involved. I make an exception for PS1 and PS2 games.
  • FauxFurry - August 27, 2010 7:18 a.m.

    It's already bad enough for Microsoft that Nintendo is untouchable at this point,pushing MS to mimic them in an effort to snatch up Nintendo's left-overs,but using Blu-ray lets Sony and its partners win even if the X-Box 360 gains an even more substantial lead on the PS3. They might as well make it official with a PS360. Microsoft should just take another crack at a better DVD (the Red Ring?Red,White and Blue Ray?)or develop better,cheaper harddrives or other memory expansion devices to make up for the relative lack of storage capacity of HD-DVD. Perhaps they can find a way to use the old external HD-DVD player technology to run more discs at once? If they don't then all of the sacrifices of the Format Wars will have been in vain! Sure,they could be reasonable and avoid further sunk costs by surrendering and finally joining the Blu-ray Disc Association,but that just isn't the American way! Then again,the hardware side of things is never as important as the software. What the Xbox 360 really needs is to establish some sense of unique identity now that it won't have Halo to fall back on to provide one for it. Maybe the All-American Game System is the right fit? Switch the color scheme to star spangled red,white and blue then fill the thing with games starring Uncle Sam,Lady Liberty,Columbia and even one with a dog-fighting bald eagle (you know,for kids!)or even one featuring the heart-warming tale of Bill Gate's rise to power.
  • Crimmy - August 27, 2010 5:08 a.m.

    @Hotdiddykong It's the last Bungie-made Halo. Methinks Halo 4 just isn't going to happen. But a spinoff game with the liscence is possible.
  • Ultima - August 27, 2010 5:08 a.m.

    Why not!
  • Smeggs - August 27, 2010 4:12 a.m.

    Why is Lara Croft fighting Necromorphs on horseback with what I believe is a bow and arrow with explosives tied to it?
  • thefreakysurgeon - August 27, 2010 3:08 a.m.

    I'm just saying that Kinect will make the 360 have crappy games.
  • NightAce84 - August 27, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    Wait, BG&E is alive? YAY!!! Personally, I can't wait for Insomniac's new IP. Also, I am dying to see what a new developer is going to do with a new Halo. The series definitely needs some closure, and I would love to see a Halo that is more story-driven that keeps its fun gameplay that made the original the classic that it is.
  • xerroz - August 27, 2010 12:13 a.m.

    Hitman is an amazing series, I hope they make it even better in the upcoming game