September 14th 2011 8:00 am PT

Xbox 360 at Tokyo Game Show

This morning we sent out an email to journalists with details about our TGS Announcements.
I thought you’d like to see the highlights first hand:

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We’re about to enter one of the most exciting holiday seasons for Xbox 360 and Kinect worldwide. And today we kick off the 2011 Tokyo Game Show (TGS) with updates to Forza Motorsport 4, Dance Central 2, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Gears of War 3, among many other titles.

Core gamers who’ve been fans for years – and families who are new to the console – will find the most anticipated titles of the season for Xbox 360 and Kinect on hand and playable at TGS. The show is expected to attract entertainment enthusiasts from around the world, and provide the ultimate gaming experience in Japan this year.

  • Some of Xbox’s biggest blockbuster titles including Forza Motorsport 4, Gears of War 3, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and two Xbox Live Arcade titles – Diabolical Pitch and Haunt – will be on display for the first time in Japan.• For Forza Motorsport 4, Turn 10 Studios will reveal that the game will include four legendary Japanese tracks – Motegi, Fujimi Kaido, Tsukuba and Suzuka – when it launches on Oct. 11 in North America, Oct. 14 in Europe and Oct. 20 in the rest of the world.

Seven new tracks for Dance Central 2 will be unveiled as a part of the 40+ songs that will be available on-disc:

  • Mary J. Blige – Real Love
  • Chingy – Right Thurr
  • Missy Elliott – Get Ur Freak On
  • Kevin Lyttle – Turn Me On
  • New Boyz – You’re A Jerk
  • Atlantic Connection and Armanni Reign – Reach
  • Remy Ma – Conceited (There’s Something About Remy)

    •    Sports fans will be able to put on some downhill skis or step into the batter’s box as the bestselling franchise on Kinect – Kinect Sports: Season Two – will showcase Baseball, and debut Downhill Skiing and the new Challenge Play mode at TGS.

    •    Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will add the classic Halo 2 map ‘Headlong’ to its growing cavalcade of multiplayer arenas. And 343 Industries will reveal new details for the upcoming Halo: Reach title update, including the launch of beta playlists on Oct. 4.

    TGS is also about marking the Xbox commitment to Japan, which is home to some of the most legendary games creators in our industry. One of the most important aspects of the Xbox business in Japan is the relationship with our third party development houses, and the news from those creators is plentiful:

    • In addition to the five titles from Japanese creators announced at last year’s Tokyo Games Show, Microsoft will announce that Happy Wars, a new title from Toylogic, will be coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade. 
    • A demo of Project Draco from Grounding will be shown for the first time to media in an exclusive setting. 
    • Diabolical Pitch (announced at TGS 2010 as codename D) from Grasshopper Manufacture, and Haunt from NanaOn-Sha, will be playable at Microsoft’s booth. Diabolical Pitch will be released on Xbox LIVE Arcade next year.

     

Events, TGS By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • http://twitter.com/hekate180 Emma (Hekate180)

    Thanks for sharing Larry.

  • http://twitter.com/mcmax3000 David

    Cool to see Headlong return, even if having a Halo 2 map in the Halo 1 remake doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emanuel-Correia/1358375348 Emanuel Correia

    Forza 4 demo???

  • http://twitter.com/AttitudeForGain BeAttitudeForGains

    “For Forza Motorsport 4, Turn 10 Studios will reveal that the game will include four legendary Japanese tracks – Motegi, Fujimi Kaido, Tsukuba and Suzuka”

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but weren’t all 4 of those tracks in Forza 3 already? So what they’re saying is that they haven’t removed them since the last game?

    • http://twitter.com/tbhjr Tim Higginbotham, Jr

      Notice how it doesn’t say that they’re new or anything. Just that they’re including them. They could’ve easily taken them out. Maybe they just emphasized that because they’re at TGS.

    • Anonymous

      Beat me to it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zenrigar Enrique Garza

    For a remake like Halo:Combat Evolved Anniversary, that game should have EVERY multiplayer map available on any halo game ’till today. Just saying…

  • http://twitter.com/seekul Luke Es | sE ekuL

    Having been to TGS2006, I can say the Xbox booth companions do not disappoint.

  • http://twitter.com/seekul Luke Es | sE ekuL

    Having been to TGS2006, I can say the Xbox booth companions do not disappoint.

  • http://twitter.com/Navarin Bennijin Turbo

    Xbox in Japan, where only people not in Japan will care. :D

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. Would rather play their PSP’s than a 360 game. lol.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V54RJEWIQ2ADTF3SHHYKF5DDIQ Shaggy

    How about some fresh jrpgs, or some tales games for the xbox?

  • Logic Squirrel

    Updates = Old news.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rabbitc-Finklestein/100002063064487 Rabbitc Finklestein

    lol – i can’t imagine an emptier booth at TGS…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rabbitc-Finklestein/100002063064487 Rabbitc Finklestein

    lol – i can’t imagine an emptier booth at TGS…

  • Anonymous

    diabolical pitch?  looks like crap….project draco, while the art style is nice, kinect only, lame lol…kinect sports, supposedly rare thinks they are as relevant as ever to the gaming industry because they make kinect sports <—talk about delusional lol….

    So, most 360 fanboys say "Microsoft does not announce games years in advance before release."  So I am going to assume there will be no REAL exclusives for the 360 again until next fall like the last 12 months? 

    I miss the old Microsoft.  At least xbla is still good.  Eventually they are going to charge us a fee to use xbla on top of the xbl fee already in place….I mean they already charge you to use facebook, twitter, last fm, netflex and stuff lol….

  • Anonymous

    Wow there was hardly anything announced but sequels, remakes and Kinect games. Is this really the best that MS has to show for the 360 these days? It’s no wonder that Sony and the PS3 has gained so much ground on them, even despite all their security problems!

  • http://twitter.com/DrGreenThumb_NZ Oliver Doel

    PS gets Final Fantasy X HD remake….. imo the best FF made, and we get kinect cool

 

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