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XBox 360 Unannounced 'AAA' Exclusive Confirmed for E3 2009

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291w ago - Today we received confirmation of sorts that at least one big surprise is due for this year's E3 conference.

Microsoft's E3 strategy for media involves a run of four behind-closed-doors demos which you need to opt-in to blindly prior to the event.

The nature of what is behind these doors is kept secret you see, although in some cases you don't have to be Professor Fink to work out what they are. It's a fair bet that Halo: ODST, for example, takes up one of those slots, but what of the other three? Alan Wake maybe?

One thing is for sure, it sucks when you are trying to manage your busy E3 timetable and you don't know what you are going to see. Last year, for example, I could fit in two Microsoft demos and one of them turned out be You're in the Movies... stoked.

We got word today, however, that one of the four slots is for an unannounced new AAA exclusive. "AAA" is their word not ours, and it was all we were told. Excitement, much?

Is it a new IP, or is it a sequel? The word 'unannounced' removes the likes of Splinter Cell: Conviction, APB, Mass Effect 2, Blue Dragon 2 and the hotly rumoured Duke Nukem: Forever from the possibility list. Technically it could refer to Forza Motorsport 3 which has not been officially announced, although every man...
 

Rumor: Rare Whipping Up Two AAA XBox 360 Games This Year

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303w ago - Microsoft seems to be placing its XBox 360 cards on the resurgence of Rare this year.

Word has it that the company that has assisted several internal projects from Microsoft will show the projects it has been working on for a couple of years.

There are strong indications of one being a first person shooter (read Perfect Dark) and the other an online brawler (Killer Instinct 3).

Both games are expected to be announced by E3 2009.
 
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