The big three names in gaming can hype their new shiny, top of the line consoles as much as they want this year, but as always, what counts are the games and you can be forgiven for thinking that hasn’t been case since 2012. Though maybe Microsoft plans to shove my cynicism down my throat and make me choke on it because they have been working on ushering in a new wave of IPs for the new generation.
According to his Linkedln profile, Jonathan Browne, a senior product manager and planner at Microsoft Studios, has helped bring four unannounced new IPs “from the very early concept phase through green light to production.”
Jonathan Brownie joined the company last year and is a key contributor in planning the platform holders three year first party portfolio.
Microsoft’s Vancouver game studio, which was recently re-branded Black Tusk, is working on the company’s “next big entertainment franchise” according to Mike Crump.
“We’re not working on an existing franchise, we’re looking to build the next Halo here, for example, which is really exciting,” says Mike Crump.
My money says these new projects are going to be the first new wave of games for Microsoft’s up and coming successor the Xbox 360 that is expected to launch later this year.