'Ryse' and a new Forza will launch alongside next-gen Xbox

Rumours of a next-generation Xbox are hotting up, with new details emerging almost everyday. While we have no concrete date, the Xbox event is expected in May. The new Xbox will reportedly include a new 8-core CPU, upgraded GPU and a new "always-on" feature, that has already cost one Microsoft employee their job. But, so far, we've heard very little about the games that will debut alongside the new Xbox. Games such as Halo and Gears of War are ending their useable life, and Microsoft is looking for replacement flagship games. 

The Verge reports that sources inform them a game called "Ryse" will step into the place left by Halo. "Ryse" was debuted at E3 2011, and is based in the time of the Romans. Microsoft is understood to have worked closely with Crytek, the developers behind "Ryse," in order to take advantage of the next Xbox's upgrades, as well as Kinect. Since 2011, the game has kept a low profile, but was still in development in 2012, on track for a 2013 release. Unlike most current Kinect-compatiable games, "Ryse" is incredibly integrated, allowing players to jab, kick and slash at characters in the game. The Verge understands that "Ryse" will take advantage of a Kinect update that is expected to coincide with the next Xbox. 

While "Ryse" will be the most prominent launch title, there are three more, including a new version of Forza, a popular motor sports game. The next version, Forza 5, will include "super life-like" graphics and will be available at launch alongside a zombie game and a family game with "Pixar movie-style graphics." The Nintendo Wii includes Wii Sports Resort, a fun and family friendly game which has cute cartoon mini-games. Microsoft may be interested into expanding into that potential market with the Xbox + Kinect. According to The Verge, the Xbox family game will create life-like characters by scanning the player with the Kinect. 

There will be many more launch titles, however, with "strong" third-party support in the first person shooter genre. Microsoft is also rumoured to switch to real currency in Xbox Live, as well as other additional improvements. 

Source: The Verge | Image via Digital Trends

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Poo, I said in another topic that I'm happy with my 360 and would wait a year or two before buying the next one, however knowing Forza will be sold with the next one is rather annoying, I may just have to purchase it now!

Steve Galbincea said,
If you are not excited about a new Forza Motorsport (not Horizon) I have to question your man card status.

Maybe some people(like me) prefer Gran Turismo.
I played both, Forza was entertaining on the 360(it simply is the best racer for the 360), but GT5 simply blew it out of the park.

Steve Galbincea said,
If you are not excited about a new Forza Motorsport (not Horizon) I have to question your man card status.

Do you use real cars as an extension of your "man card"?

Another forza and a Kinect game arent particularly exciting. Microsoft needs to bring a serious amount of new ips to the table that work without Kinect. Not convinced Microsoft have the studios available, however, especially thanks to statements like this: "with "strong" third-party support".

the better twin said,
Another forza and a Kinect game arent particularly exciting. Microsoft needs to bring a serious amount of new ips to the table that work without Kinect. Not convinced Microsoft have the studios available, however, especially thanks to statements like this: "with "strong" third-party support".

When it comes to third party support the only console that really has to worry is the Wii. Since N64, Nintendo's consoles have started with good/decent third-party support and then slowly died down as the generation went on. With Xbox and PS it's a different story. Third party devs continue to support both of them equally until that gen is finished.

EDIT: My point is strong third-party support is expected and shouldn't be an issue.

personally i don't like those wheels at all as it just makes the game harder to play.

i just like a regular controller with assists off. i have a official MS wheel but i never use it, i would sell it in a heartbeat.

Some form of next gen Kinect Sports will be available too I am sure. That is all that Rare really works on these days darnit!

ThaCrip said,
to bad that's about the only game i would really want on consoles in general. lol

I'm pretty much in the same boat. I'll play Forza and FIFA, and that's about it. Maybe if they revive Guitar Hero, I'll buy into that too. Otherwise yeah it's going to end up being an expensive Blu-ray player for me.