Microsoft reportedly working on four unannounced gaming franchises

Microsoft’s been criticized in recent years for not developing original franchises for its Xbox 360 console – and simply not developing as many first- and second-party games as Nintendo and Sony – but it appears the company is working on changing that.

According to the LinkedIn profile of Jonathan Browne, a product manager and planner for Microsoft, the company is working on four unannounced, original intellectual properties, most likely for the next-generation Xbox. The news was discovered by NeoGAF, and a screenshot of the pertinent information from Browne’s profile can be seen below.

As of writing, the information is still included on Browne’s profile.

If Browne’s statement that the four original intellectual properties are unannounced is still true, that means the figure doesn’t include "Ryse," an original game Crytek is developing for Microsoft Studios, or "LocoCycle," an original game from Microsoft-owned developer Twisted Pixel.

Microsoft is expected to announce its next-gen Xbox plans in the coming months, which may include an Xbox TV set-top box and 7-inch Xbox Surface tablet in addition to a new Xbox console. Microsoft’s Larry Hyrb, Xbox Live’s director of programming, recently hinted at a June 11 E3 reveal of the company’s next-generation Xbox plans.

Source: LinkedIn via NeoGAF

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I hope they include Windows Phone integration into some of these new titles. Great gaming integration of WP with the PC and XBox, would help WP attract the gaming community.

This seems pretty likely to me. WP and W8 were supposed to be a setup for the future of Microsoft consumer products, which would harbor a unified platform. The new console would almost certainly take the plan a step further. And what better way to do that than through games which will surely sell in the millions.

That'd be nice, but in terms of Windows Phone games I'm just waiting on Gameloft to release the games they announced when WP8 was released (like N.O.V.A. 3).

They kind of needed to really! Sony's exclusivity on Gran Turismo 5 was a pretty big deal, halo has halo but not many other good exclusives, sony has rather a lot.

torrentthief said,
They kind of needed to really! Sony's exclusivity on Gran Turismo 5 was a pretty big deal, halo has halo but not many other good exclusives, sony has rather a lot.

Sony does have so many but Im confused on your GT5; Forza?

AWilliams87 said,
Forza was better than Gran Turismo.

Agreed. Ok I am a huge fan of Xbox etc so Im not bashing the brand but what major exclusives am I leaving out? Halo,Gears,Forza, Fable. (Personally Fable need to keep its art style and go Skyrim-level openness -opposite ots current direction /rant)

alan wake, crackdown, dance central (kinect, yes, but highly addictive), lost odyssey and blue dragon, pgr, all the rare franchises, um... can't think of anymore

aviator189 said,
alan wake, crackdown, dance central (kinect, yes, but highly addictive), lost odyssey and blue dragon, pgr, all the rare franchises, um... can't think of anymore

I sincerely hope they make a continuation to Lost Odyssey. That game was amazing.

Alladaskill17 said,

Agreed. Ok I am a huge fan of Xbox etc so Im not bashing the brand but what major exclusives am I leaving out? Halo,Gears,Forza, Fable. (Personally Fable need to keep its art style and go Skyrim-level openness -opposite ots current direction /rant)

My reply was actually for @torrentthief. I just forgot to quote.

[quote=AWilliams87 said,]Forza was better than Gran Turismo.[/quote']
You're nuts right?
Forza doesnt come close to the physics and realistic aspect GT brings to the table.
Forza is fun and a great game. But doesnt come close to GT.

Also GT is never going to reach the Xbox Polyphony wasnt bought in by Sony like you usually have to do for exclusives. (it was quite a good story the polyphony/sony relationship )

auziez said,

I sincerely hope they make a continuation to Lost Odyssey. That game was amazing.

I'd kill for that. LO was great.

Indeed. I remember how tables have turned with the PS3.

Games on the PS3 were scarce (exclusive-way). Hell, there were many 360-only games that were ported to the PS3....

Today, the amount of 360 exclusives compared to the PS3 is quite bad.

Hope MS comes with good exclusives for next-gen Xbox.

I really don't understand why you'd want exclusives. They just suck. If I buy a console and I get sick of it after a year or 3 or whatever and I switch I want to have access to exactly the same games as before. Why would you want some games to be limited to some specific platforms? That only works in the companies' favor and not in the consumers'

Vlad Dudau said,
I really don't understand why you'd want exclusives. They just suck. If I buy a console and I get sick of it after a year or 3 or whatever and I switch I want to have access to exactly the same games as before. Why would you want some games to be limited to some specific platforms? That only works in the companies' favor and not in the consumers'

But it is not a question or whether or not you want exclusives, they simply exist.

So people have no choice but to pick and choose. And a lot of people chose Xbox based on all the exclusives in the early years. Not to mention a lot of PC games got ported to X360 and not to PS3. So this was a good choice early on but the last years it seems Microsoft hasnt tried to keep or gain exclusives while Sony had to play catch up and invested heavily in exclusives.

None of the Playstation exclusives interested me so I stil havent made up my mind what console to pick nextgen. However I can understand that if those exclusives do appeal to you then the PS4 is looking much more interesting. So hearing that Microsoft is also comming with some exclusives is good news, means there is something to choose.