280w ago - So far this generation, Microsoft's lineup of exclusives has done a pretty good job! Gears of War, Project Gotham Racing 3, Halo 3, Project Gotham Racing 4, Forza 2, Ninja Gaiden 2...all big sellers, all great games.
Thing is, aside from Gears, those are all sequels! And Microsoft's two biggest games in 2008 are more sequels, one for Gears, one for Fable. Perhaps sensing an impending onset of acute sequelitis, Microsoft's Shane Kim wants you to know that new stuff is on the way:
We're just at a point in the cycle where you're seeing more sequels. I can tell you we have other new properties that are unannounced that we feel very good and are very confident about. We will continue to have new IPs alongside the franchises in our portfolio, no question.
In 2007 we'd have made a joke about their "new" men-with-guns game, but we're now looking forward to a "new" family quiz game instead!
291w ago - In San Francisco today, Microsoft is holding its Spring Showcase 2008, giving members of the press a chance to view and play some of the publisher's 2008 line-up.
During the event, we had a chance to sit down and chat with Shane Kim of Microsoft Game Studios and wasted no time, immediately asking about the rumored Wii-mote-like controller for Xbox 360. Kim told us that no such controller is being announced today, but Microsoft does not comment on rumors.
He went on to say that Microsoft is very pleased with the success of Xbox 360 peripherals -- such as the Scene It! controller -- and the company is always investing in research and development of new innovative devices.
When asked if Microsoft has experimented with a Wii-mote-like controller for Xbox 360, Kim did not give a direct answer. However, he did say that Microsoft has to be careful about doing such a thing, as it could be "dangerous" to blatantly rip-off Nintendo's Wii controller.
He added that Microsoft has to find and do what is best for itself, noting that what works for Nintendo might not work for Microsoft.
It should be noted that Banjo Threeie, the game most rumored to be directly associated with the device, was also demoed at the show and was done so with the traditional Xbox 360 controller....