Could This Be The Best Year For Games Since 2007? An Xbox Dev Thinks So

According to Xbox product manager Patrick Perkins, 2015 could end up being the best year for video games since 2007.

Perkins said the following during the GameStop Expo livestream:

“Before we even launched the Xbox One, we knew that this was the year. You just look at the development cycles and when everything’s going to come together.”

The reason he is comparing this year to 2007 is because that is when games like Halo 3, BioShock, Assassin’s Creed, Mass Effect, Rock Band and Grand Theft Auto IV were released. Of course, he happily neglected games that were released on other major consoles, such as Uncharted: Drakes Fortune and Super Mario Galaxy. He even strangely forgot about Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which was the game that blasted the series into universal appeal and is the reason it remains the number shooter series to this day.

So, the big-name Microsoft games that are coming this year and early next are Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of The Tomb Raider and Forza Motorsport 6, with Fallout 4, Star Wars Battlefront, Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Dark Souls III releasing on multiple platforms.

It’s hard to judge now, but seeing as all of these games are some form of sequel/reboot I don’t think it will have the same impact as 2007. Games like Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, BioShock, Assassin’s Creed and Mass Effect completely changed the game and lead to hugely popular franchises still going strong today, while Super Mario Galaxy and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare marked big changes for their series that were both praised unanimously.

Will the upcoming games have a similar impact? Who knows? I’d love to see all of the game’s in the pipeline come out and be awesome, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens!

Xbox One Could Eventually Be Backward Compatible With Original Xbox Games

Damn, Microsoft is really rubbing it in Sony’s face, isn’t it? First they announce that a hundred Xbox 360 games will be playable by the end of this year on Xbox One, and now it looks like they could be taking the feature even further. While the backward compatibility feature isn’t available yet, that hasn’t stopped people from asking Phil Spencer where else this could potentially go.

When asked by a curious fan on twitter whether or not original games may become backward compatible with Xbox One, Xbox boss Phil Spencer replied with the following:

“I don’t think it’s silly. I ask the BC team this question a lot. Need to finish 360 BC for now.”

This would be friggin’ awesome if they went through with this, as it would be great to be able to play all of the classic original Xbox games without having to whip out the original console. Hell, I just recently had to do that to replay Shenmue II, but you best believe it would have been sweet if I could have played it on Xbox One!

Gears Of War Studio Black Tusk Renamed The Coalition

The studio that has been hard at work on the next entry in the Gear of War series, Black Tusk, has received a name change today. According to studio head Rod Fergusson, the studio will now be called The Coalition.

He said the following about the name change:

“The Vancouver-based Xbox team working on the Gears of War franchise will be known as The Coalition. A coalition is a team of diverse individuals working together for a common purpose, a concept that we feel describes our studio quite well.”

He goes on to describe the relevance of the term in Gears of War:

“Fans will also recognize the Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG) from Gears of War lore. Moving forward, when you hear The Coalition, we want you to think of Gears of War.”

Check out the video of Fergusson discussing the name change below.

Xbox Boss Has “Lots Of 360 Games” He’d Like To Bring To Xbox One

Expect more HD remasters, just don’t expect every single game ever made to get the treatment.

The HD remaster of older games craze is in full swing, and now even the fans are clamoring for more games to make it current-gen consoles. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has received such requests, and his answer is interesting.

When a fan asked him about the prospects of releasing Fable Anniversary on Xbox One, he replied with the following:

“Lots of 360 games I’d like to bring to XB1. Only so much time and want to focus on making new games. Not easy tradeoffs.”

This seems to suggest that they are regularly considering older games to update, so it wouldn’t surprise me if we heard about more announcements at E3. One upcoming big remaster that hasn’t been officially announced yet is the supposedly leaked news of Gears of War for the Xbox One.

Seeing as current-gen systems aren’t backwards compatible and a lot of the older games go out of print and are hard to find, it makes sense to re-release those titles. However, with the dawn of digital downloads and even streaming services rising, our access to older titles are becoming easier and easier. Hopefully if remasters continue to be a thing they’re done for a good reason and not just to make some quick money.

The Rejected Names For The Original Xbox Have Been Revealed And… WOW…

The original Xbox had quite the list of alternative names back in the day…

The-History-of-the-Xbox-originalshhThe name Xbox is a great name, in my opinion, though what I didn’t know was how many alternatives that were up against that name in the early stages of development. For the first time ever, the other potential names have been revealed by Seamus Blackley in an interview with EdgeContinue reading “The Rejected Names For The Original Xbox Have Been Revealed And… WOW…”

Next Xbox Won’t Require Internet Connection, Report Says

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shhRumors have been flying around for a long time now suggesting that the next Xbox will require an internet connection, which has caused an uproar from many people (including myself!). Now, however, a leaked Microsoft memo obtained by Ars Technica is saying the next Xbox won’t require an internet connection. Continue reading “Next Xbox Won’t Require Internet Connection, Report Says”