Today at Gamescom 2010, the worldâ€™s largest consumer-oriented games showcase, Microsoft premiered the first wave of Xbox LIVE games launching on Windows Phone 7 this Christmas. With even more games and applications to come, Windows Phone 7 is putting the power of Xbox LIVE into the palm of your hand â€” from Xbox LIVE Avatars to staying connected with friends, Xbox LIVE is now at your fingertips, anytime, anywhere.
â€śWe believe that no matter where life takes you, the best in gaming and entertainment should follow,â€ť said Marc Whitten, corporate vice president of Xbox LIVE at Microsoft. â€śWindows Phone 7 takes a different approach to handheld gaming, utilising Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Game Studios, leading game publishers, and innovative indie developers, to create powerful, shared experiences for everyone.â€ť
The Games You Want, Played When and Wherever You Want Them
In a sea of games, apps, gadgets and gizmos, the biggest obstacle can be finding the game thatâ€™s right for you. Only Windows Phone 7 has a Games hub featuring Xbox LIVE, creating a different kind of mobile gaming experience that puts the games you want front and centre. Xbox LIVE games on Windows Phone 7 will be specially selected from the top names in mobile, PC and console game development, making the best mobile games even better, thanks to Xbox LIVE. With try-before-you-buy demos, Xbox LIVE leader-boards, turn-based multiplayer, Achievements and more, Windows Phone 7 brings the quality, consistency and community of the Xbox experience to gamers on the go.
Windows Phone 7 also will be supported by content from Microsoft Game Studios (MGS), providing strong first-party gaming titles and intellectual property for the phone. For Xbox fans, this means that Windows Phone 7 will offer companion titles to familiar names, such as â€śHalo: Waypoint,â€ť and â€śCrackdown 2,â€ť extending the experience of their favourite Xbox 360 franchises.
â€śWindows Phone 7 is the launch of a major gaming platform for Microsoft,â€ť said Matt Booty, general manager of mobile gaming for MGS. â€śJust like weâ€™ve done with Xbox 360, our charter is to push the envelope and deliver definitive games that maximise the platform. We will have an incredible line-up of MGS titles, and thatâ€™s just the beginning.â€ť
The most creative minds in game development are bringing the biggest franchises to Windows Phone 7. The first wave of launch portfolio titles includes Xbox LIVE games from the likes of Gameloft, Konami, Namco Bandai, PopCap and THQ. Whether you choose to play a gem of a puzzler with â€śBejeweledTM LIVEâ€ť (PopCap), bring down the house with â€śGuitar Hero 5â€ť (Glu Mobile), fight off a destructive alien invasion in â€śThe Harvestâ€ť (MGS), paint your way out of a corner with â€śMax and the Magic Markerâ€ť (PressPlay) or defend your city in â€śCrackdown 2: Project Sunburstâ€ť (MGS), the first wave of games announced in the launch portfolio of Xbox LIVE games on Windows Phone 7 has something for every mobile gamer:
â€ś3D Brick Breaker Revolutionâ€ť (Digital Chocolate)
â€śAge of Zombiesâ€ť (Halfbrick)
â€śArmor Valleyâ€ť (ProtĂ©gĂ© Games)
â€śAsphalt 5â€ť (Gameloft)
â€śAssassins Creedâ€ť (Gameloft)
â€śBejeweledTM LIVEâ€ť (PopCap)
â€śBloons TDâ€ť (Digital Goldfish)
â€śBrain Challengeâ€ť (Gameloft)
â€śBubble Town 2â€ť (i-Play)
â€śButterflyâ€ť (Press Start Studio)
â€śCarneyVale Showtimeâ€ť (MGS)
â€śCrackdown 2: Project Sunburstâ€ť (MGS)
â€śDe Blob Revolutionâ€ť (THQ)
â€śDeal or No Deal 2010â€ť (i-Play)
â€śEarthworm Jimâ€ť (Gameloft)
â€śFast & Furious 7â€ť (i-Play)
â€śFight Game Rivalsâ€ť (Rough Cookie)
â€śFinger Physicsâ€ť (Mobliss Inc.)
â€śFlight Controlâ€ť (Namco Bandai)
â€śFlowerzâ€ť (Carbonated Games)
â€śFruit Ninjaâ€ť (Halfbrick)
â€śGame Chest-Boardâ€ť (MGS)
â€śGame Chest-Cardâ€ť (MGS)
â€śGame Chest-Logicâ€ť (MGS)
â€śGame Chest-Solitaireâ€ť (MGS)
â€śGeoDefenseâ€ť (Critical Thought)
â€śGlow Artisanâ€ť (Powerhead Games)
â€śGlyder 2â€ť (Glu Mobile)
â€śGuitar Hero 5â€ť (Glu Mobile)
â€śHalo Waypointâ€ť (MGS)
â€śHexic Rushâ€ť (Carbonated Games)
â€śI Dig Itâ€ť (InMotion)
â€śiBlast Mokiâ€ť (Godzilab)
â€śImplode XLâ€ť (IUGO)
â€śIquariumâ€ť (Infinite Dreams)
â€śJet Car Stuntsâ€ť (True Axis)
â€śLetâ€™s Golf 2â€ť (Gameloft)
â€śLittle Wheelâ€ť (One click dog)
â€śLoondonâ€ť (Flip N Tale)
â€śMax and the Magic Markerâ€ť (PressPlay)
â€śMini Squadronâ€ť (Supermono Limited)
â€śMore Brain Exerciseâ€ť (Namco Bandai)
â€śPuzzle Quest 2â€ť (Namco Bandai)
â€śReal Soccer 2â€ť (Gameloft)
â€śThe Revenantsâ€ť (Chaotic Moon)
â€śRise of Gloryâ€ť (Revo Solutions)
â€śRocket Riotâ€ť (Codeglue)
â€śSplinter Cell Convictionâ€ť (Gameloft)
â€śStar Wars: Battle for Hothâ€ť (THQ)
â€śStar Wars: Cantinaâ€ť (THQ)
â€śThe Harvestâ€ť (MGS)
â€śThe Oregon Trailâ€ť (Gameloft)
â€śTower Bloxx NYâ€ť (Digital Chocolate)
â€śTwin Bladesâ€ť (Press Start Studio)
â€śWomenâ€™s Murder Club: Death in Scarletâ€ť (i-Play)
â€śZombie Attack!â€ť (IUGO)
Additional titles in the launch portfolio will be released between now and the Windows Phone 7 launch this Christmas; once the phone launches, new Xbox LIVE titles also will be added to the games portfolio every week.
Xbox LIVE: Bringing More to Your Mobile Gaming
Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone 7 unlocks a world of games and fun and directly connects you to a global community of more than 25 million active Xbox LIVE members. Windows Phone 7 is the only phone that seamlessly integrates Xbox LIVE and provides unique mobile gaming experiences:
- Avatars. Connect to your Xbox LIVE profile and Avatar, or create a new one if you donâ€™t already have an Avatar or Xbox LIVE profile; take your 3-D Avatar and props with you on the phone with full closet access.
- Friends. Bring your Xbox LIVE friends with you everywhere; compare Achievements, challenge rivals to your favourite game, and even see whoâ€™s online and what theyâ€™re doing on their consoles, PCs or phones.
- Game access. Easily view and launch your full game library from a single location; find, try and buy new games either in the Marketplace or Games hub.
- Achievements. Earn, view and track Achievements, view Xbox LIVE leader-boards and build your Gamerscore across Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7 â€” every time you play an Xbox LIVE title.
- Messaging. Communicate with all of your Xbox LIVE friends, any time you want, through Xbox LIVE messages.
- Multiplayer. Invite, connect and play against friends on other Windows Phone 7 phones or the PC with turn-based (asynchronous) multiplayer gaming.
- Spotlight. Access Xbox LIVE Spotlight feeds, including the latest game titles, breaking news from Xbox LIVE, game tips and tricks, and more.