Today, on the eve of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Microsoft Corp. premiered a spectacular lineup of new games, demonstrating that Xbox 360 continues to deliver the biggest hits and blockbuster experiences — bar none. This year, Microsoft showcased a host of new groundbreaking exclusive titles on Xbox 360, including “Gears of War 3,” “Forza Motorsport 4” and the world premiere trailer for “Halo 4.” In addition, Microsoft debuted the next installment of the famed “Fable” franchise with “Fable: The Journey,” a game imagined from the ground up for Kinect on Xbox 360 by famed developer Peter Molyneux. Fans were also treated to a preview of the Kinect-powered historical epic, “Ryse,” created by acclaimed developer Crytek GmbH. Finally, Microsoft revealed that this winter, “Minecraft,” the independent PC game phenomenon, is making its console debut exclusively on Xbox 360.
In 2010, the controller-free magic and instant fun of Kinect for Xbox 360 captivated consumers all over the world, making it the fastest-selling consumer electronics device in history. This year, millions of Kinect owners will use their entire body to experience the world’s most iconic entertainment brands through “Kinect: Disneyland Adventures,” “Kinect Star Wars” and “Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster.” Fans will also get their bodies in motion while playing the successors to the platform’s best-selling titles, “Dance Central 2” and “Kinect Sports: Season Two.”
In addition, Kinect Fun Labs, a new hub showcasing the latest Kinect innovations, was unveiled and is available to all Xbox LIVE members starting today. Create magical moments with never before seen Kinect technology, including player capture, object scanning and finger tracking. Kinect Fun Labs will launch with four Gadgets: Kinect Me, Bobble Head, Build A Buddy and Kinect Googly Eyes. More experiences will begin arriving in July, including Avatar Kinect and Kinect Sparkler.
With Kinect and Xbox LIVE, Third-Party Blockbuster Games Are Best on Xbox 360
The industry’s best creators and publishers demonstrated their commitment to immerse Xbox fans even deeper in the action. On Microsoft’s E3 stage, Ubisoft announced that all future Tom Clancy games will be Kinect-enhanced including “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier.” Microsoft further delighted audiences with the first public demonstration of “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” and reminded them that in 2011 and again in 2012, all “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” add-on content will launch first on Xbox 360.
EA SPORTS announced Kinect support for several of its blockbuster titles in 2012, including “Tiger Woods PGA TOUR,” “Madden NFL” and “FIFA.” In the next 12 months, EA also has several additional titles that will feature Kinect, including “The Sims™ 3 Pets,” “Family Game Night 4” and what is sure to be one of the biggest games of 2012, “Mass Effect 3.”
“For Xbox, games have always been at the heart of who we are: the world’s biggest blockbusters, enduring stories from the world’s best storytellers and innovative entertainment experiences that you can’t find anywhere else,” said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios. “Whether it’s Kinect games like ‘Kinect Star Wars’ and ‘Kinect: Disneyland Adventures,’ or the latest installments of our most acclaimed and anticipated exclusive franchises like ‘Gears of War 3’ and ‘Halo 4,’ our existing fans, and new ones alike, will find something here to delight them and their families.”
Ultimate Fighting Championship Comes to Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE
In addition to all the best titles on Xbox 360, Microsoft also announced new blockbuster entertainment, teaming up with UFC. Starting this fall, Xbox LIVE Gold Members can subscribe to UFC to access live pay-per-view matches, classic fights, interviews and exclusive behind-the-scenes looks into the lives of the world’s greatest fighters; it’s access to the octagon in an all-new interactive way.
With games and entertainment for every member of the household, Xbox 360 continues to bring the best in interactive entertainment to living rooms around the world with the following:
* “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” (Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games).
* “Dance Central 2” (Harmonix Music Systems Inc., Microsoft Studios).
* “Fable: The Journey” (Lionhead Studios, Microsoft Studios).
* “Forza Motorsport 4” (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios).
* “Gears of War 3” (Epic Games, Microsoft Studios). “Gears of War 3” hits store shelves on Sept. 20, 2011, worldwide, except for Japan, where copies go on sale Sept. 22, 2011.
* “Halo 4” (343 Industries, Microsoft Studios). A new trilogy begins when “Halo 4” releases in 2012.
* “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios, Saber Interactive, Certain Affinity). Releasing only on Xbox 360 on Nov. 15, 2011.
* “Kinect Sports: Season Two” (Rare, Big Park Games, Microsoft Studios).
* “Kinect Star Wars” (Terminal Reality, LucasArts/Microsoft Studios).
* “Kinect: Disneyland Adventures” (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Studios).
* “Mass Effect 3” (BioWare, Electronic Arts).
* “Minecraft” (Mojang, Microsoft Studios).
* “Ryse” (Crytek, Microsoft Studios).
* “Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster” (Double Fine Productions, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment).
* “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier” (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft).
* “Tomb Raider” (Crystal Dynamics, Square Enix Europe).