Microsoft is rumored to be gearing up to launch the next Xbox console sometime this year. Even the company’s Xbox 720 roadmap was allegedly leaked onto the Web, detailing Microsoft’s continued focus on the Kinect camera even on next gen consoles.
We recently posted the Top 5 PlayStation 4 exclusive launch titles we hoped to see. Its time to take out our crystal ball and rub out some games for the Xbox 720.
5) Crackdown 3
The original Crackdown developer, Realtime Worlds closed doors back in 2010 after its MMO, All Points Bulletin flopped. The studio passéd up the chance to create Crackdown 2, which went to to newly formed studio, Ruffian Games. A fatal mistake for Realtime Worlds, but this opportunity did give Ruffian a chance to take a crack at the franchise.
Crackdown 2 innovated in some ways with the addition of four player co-op and its addicting orb collecting metagame. However, it kept most of everything the same from the first game. The sequel also failed to live up to the original with a nonexistent story and a bland open world playground.
Hopefully, Ruffian is a bit more seasoned now especially after hiring former Realtime Worlds employees to the studio.
4) Alan Wake 2
Alan Wake is probably one of the most underrated series of this generation. Max Payne creator, Remedy has created an odd little world within the Alan Wake series that takes inspirations from Twin Peaks. While pitched as a Psychological Action Thriller, in actuality its not easy to categorize this quirky game.
While the flash-light combat can get monotonous, the simple gameplay mechanics does provide some heart pounding moments when your batteries start going out.
With two titles in the series including Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, Sam Lake, the writer for the series teased mid last year that “it will happen again, in another town, a town called Ordinary. It’s happening now.” Apparently, the follow up will have a new protagonist named Samantha, who buys a house to fix up, but finds out she starts dreaming of a man who resembles Alan Wake.
3) Halo 5
This is an easy one as its already known that 343 Industries will continue to work on the Halo franchise in this new trilogy. With Halo 4 releasing just last year, 2013 might be too early for a Halo 5. However, if the studio plans to annualize it then it could still come out near the end of this year.
With Halo 4 leaving off in such a controversial manner, it will be interesting to see how 343 decide to move forward with the franchise. Will you get to see Master Chief’s face? Will Cortana continue to spiral down into madness? All of these lingering questions will undoubtedly be left dangling like a carrot until the next game.
2) Gears of War 5
With Gears of War: Judgment being developed by People Can Fly, parent company Epic Games must be working on something quite juicy. One thing that’s clear is that Epic Games wants to continue to invest in the Gears franchise.
Considering that a non-major iteration will be landing on the Xbox 360, Epic may be quietly working on Gears 5 for the Xbox 720. Showing the power of the Unreal Engine has always been Epic’s main goal with each new generation of technology.
Microsoft announced Ryse (codename Kingdoms) at E3 2011, which is an Xbox 360 exclusive to be developed by Crytek. However, besides a small pre-rendered trailer, not much has been revealed about the game.
Ryse was originally announced as a Kinect only game, where players would hack-n-slash using the motion detecting camera. However, when quizzed about Kinect’s status with the game last year, Phil Spencer, SVP of Microsoft Studios simply replied that “Kinect will be part of the game.”
The game revolves around a Roman warrior and seems to be a mix of gladiators and God of War. With Crytek involved, you can bet the game will look gorgeous when it comes out.
However, with Crytek busily working on Homefront 2 and Crysis 3, it makes you wonder when the studio has time to work on Ryse.
Forza 5 – a release of a race car game with a new console is usually guaranteed. With Turn10 quiet after releasing Forza 4 in 2011, chances are the studio is busy working on Forza 5 for the Xbox 720.
Fable 4 – while Lionhead founder, Peter Molyneux is no longer with the company, the studio indicated plans to make a Fable IV game. Even though Fable: The Journey for the Kinect flopped, the studio seems to be committed to getting a proper iteration of the game out.