Only a day away from X06, is it possible the lid has been lifted as to what is going up on the Marketplace and what will be in Barcelona? If the neoseeker forums get this right, it could possibly be the greatest event this year!
(Please bear in mind when reading the post that everything is rumoured at the moment. We won’t know until it all actually happens over the next few days as to what is true or not.)
Where to start? Well, perhaps the most exciting thing for people who love Halo (not me, I might add), is that the game is going to be running in native 1080p, making the most of the dashboard update expected soon. Other amazing facts are that the game will attempt to hold 50-64 players online. There won’t be a playable demo on the floor, but there will be one “behind closed doors”. So only select people will see it.
Remember the black 360? Well, it could be announced at X06.
Black Xbox 360 anounced. Available this Christmas around the world. New Xbox 360 core and premium bundles shown. Xbox 360 Classics game list. Kameo, PDZ included. More this spring including Oblivion.
It would certainly draw more people in, and with the Classics range being released, it will be a major competitor to the PS3, once again.
Next is the HD-DVD announcement for the US and Europe. This seems obvious, since it was announced in Japan at TGS, telling Europe about the release when Microsoft are in Europe seems a sensible move. Price assumptions are included too, so for the UK it will retail at Â£119.99 and for the US it will cost you the small sum of $199.99. Europeans also got a price, which stands at â‚¬149.99. The US will get their hands on it on the 24th of November, and Europe receive it on the 1st of December.
If you are going to the event (which you won’t be unless you have an invite), you will also be able to play both single and multiplayer demos of Gears of War. There will also be videos around as well.
Other things included that I won’t go into include:
- More info about 1080p and how it will be done. New dashboard announcement. Release date revealed for late November. Will allow users to try out homebrew content made with XNA game express.
- More news on Live Anywhere and how it will function. Talk about function with Zune and XBLA titles.
- Rare show off new version of Killer Instinct for the 360. Will support 4 player tag matches. Playable on show floor.
- Alan Wake shown and fully playable. Will also be availble on Windows Vista. Coming this Spring.
- Fable 2 trailer shown. Multiplayer confirmed.
- Many more videos and games are playable.
If you are even remotely excited about that, there is more to come, unless you don’t like playable demos of course. Any football fans around? No, oh well, I’m still starting with the best; Pro Evolution Soccer 6! Yes, that is great news! And if this all holds true, I won’t be posting for a while (sorry Curry)! Alright, alright, there is other stuff. Viva Pinata anyone? Or how about Splinter Cell Double Agent multiplayer demo? Yup, apparently it’s all going to be there. Make of it what you will.
- Splinter Cell Double Agent multiplayer
- Forza Motorsport 2
- Sonic the Hedghog
- Viva Pinata
- Need for Speed Carbon
- Call of Duty 3
- Pro Evolution Soccer 6
- Mass Effect
- + MORE
And, not forgetting videos and picture packs and themes:
- GOW single player and multiplayer
- Halo 3 trailer
- Fable 2
- LOTS MORE….
Picture Packs and Themes:
- Fable 2
- Community Pack
- MUCH MORE
OK, OK, that’s it. Now, reality check. Some of the stuff is definitely possible. The HD-DVD seems likely as I stated earlier. Halo 3 running at 1080p? Tough call. Unless it is planned for release at the end of 2007, I doubt this one. Mainly because only about 3% of the world’s population has a TV native to 1080p. Monitors do it, but it would be a waste of time, energy and man power. Maybe Halo 4 then. And 50-64 players online? That would be great, but bearing in mind Saints Row can’t do 8, Prey couldn’t do more than 6, and CoD2 couldn’t do 3, this seems incredibly ambitious. But here’s hoping.
The demos are incredibly ambitious too. After the recent Forza 2 delay, and the poor screens recenlty shown, a demo seems way off, let alone this week. Splinter Cell is possible, since it was announced ages ago for October; I’m sure Microsoft could bring that forward a bit. CoD3 is released in November (for now), so this is possible, and PES6 is released in October, so again this is possible. Mass Effect just doesn’t sound right. It’s not really the type of game you can release a demo for (ever seen an Oblivion demo?). Everything else is a “make up your own mind” one, it could go either way.
Apologies for the long post, but hopefully it will get you excited for the “Bringing It Home” campaign continuing this week. At least, if nothing else, you will be checking the Marketplace quite a few times in the next few days, just in case that PES demo does come out! And as I stated before, it’s all rumours, but fun to speculate nonetheless.
Oh, and thanks for submitting Enzo, though I’d already finished when you submitted, good find anyway