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minus0ne
26th Mar 2009, 20:45
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/gdc-blizzard-in-talks-with-microsoft-about-next-xbox


Blizzard's Rob Pardo has confirmed his company has had talks with Microsoft about the successor to Xbox 360.

Pardo was speaking at the Luminaries Lunch held at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and attended by GamesIndustry.biz. He would only state that Blizzard is actively in discussions with Microsoft - seeming to confirm the development process for new console hardware is underway.

Other developers at the lunch said they have not spoken to either Microsoft or Sony about future plans. This has raised concerns that content isn't a priority for format holders as they plan the next-generation of home machines.

"How many designers in the games industry do you think they are rounding up to [talk to], because this is going to make or break them this time around," said Acclaim's David Perry.

"I'm not aware that they are putting a big amount of effort into finding out how to make the games. The people who are actually physically going to make the games are all going to get a surprise."

Warren Spector, boss of Disney's Junction Point Studios and responsible for classic titles such as Deus Ex, said he believes format holders are too concerned with the wider entertainment market to focus on games.

"I get the impression they're focusing on owning the living room," he said. "One device that lets you watch movies, television and play games and music and all that stuff.

"They're so focused on that that I'm not even sure they're thinking about the games that are going to come out. Which is kind of crazy," he added.

Pardo said that so far there's been a good reason why Blizzard titles such as World of Warcraft haven't appeared on home consoles - the hardware hasn't been specifically designed to suit some genres.

"There are are so many games like we make at Blizzard that we don't take to consoles because they don't support the input device, and you end up with crappy ports. That's why RTS games never do well on consoles," he said.

"If I was them, I'd be sitting around trying to figure out what's a cool input device that supports all types of new kinds of games."
Basically, consoles are trying to become PCs with gamepads :p

GmanPro
26th Mar 2009, 20:49
It would be nice if I could just plug in a keyboard and mouse into my 360. But it still wouldn't be as pro as my PC. :D

I'd also like to be able to open it up and switch out some of the hardware when it becomes dated. Who knows, maybe this is what Microsoft is intending to do. Turn consoles into PC's with slightly less stuff.

Spyhopping
26th Mar 2009, 21:06
I'd love something like that for my 360. Would rid me some of my worries about a console version of DX3 being slightly dumbed down compared to PC version.
Can't currently afford a proper gaming PC so most of it has to be done on consoles

GmanPro
26th Mar 2009, 21:11
I wish I could just open my 360 up and clean it out. I'm sure by now its full of dust.

But then again, I never even use the thing anymore so whatever...

Blade_hunter
26th Mar 2009, 21:20
In theory since the first Xbox PC's and consoles tryed to be the same thing, but the results are often dumbed down games, I want to see if GSC can port STALKER on a console ...

Bluey71
26th Mar 2009, 23:20
Speaking of WS, he's joined the TNM forum recently to congratulate the guys over there. Nice of him to do that I thought.

Lady_Of_The_Vine
26th Mar 2009, 23:22
Speaking of WS, he's joined the TNM forum recently to congratulate the guys over there. Nice of him to do that I thought.

VERY nice of him, yes. :cool:

Jerion
26th Mar 2009, 23:25
Speaking of WS, he's joined the TNM forum recently to congratulate the guys over there. Nice of him to do that I thought.

Yeah, very cool. I'd like to meet the guy, shake his hand.

Ninjerk
27th Mar 2009, 00:00
Sorry, TNM?

Lady_Of_The_Vine
27th Mar 2009, 00:03
Sorry, TNM?

http://forums.eidosgames.com/showthread.php?t=86890

Ninjerk
27th Mar 2009, 00:06
Ah, yes. TY

WhatsHisFace
27th Mar 2009, 00:18
Warren Spector speaks the truth! Games first, screw all else.

lumpi
27th Mar 2009, 23:07
Yea, the guy created many of my favorite games of all time. He's seems to be a great guy in general, too.

I just wonder: WTH is he doing at a Disney-owned company? The first pics of concept (http://www.junctionpoint.com/games/games.html) art don't even look like he's using a particular Disney franchise (thank god?).

WhatsHisFace
27th Mar 2009, 23:26
Yea, the guy created many of my favorite games of all time. He's seems to be a great guy in general, too.

I just wonder: WTH is he doing at a Disney-owned company? The first pics of concept (http://www.junctionpoint.com/games/games.html) art don't even look like he's using a particular Disney franchise (thank god?).

I think he's been moved off of that project. The latest mumblings say he's working on a remake of "Castle of Illusion."

Larington
28th Mar 2009, 09:18
I've gotten the impression that there are some journalists that know what hes working on, but they aren't allowed to say anything... :mad2:

Necros
28th Mar 2009, 19:53
Yes, there was this Ninja Gold project (that was the title, right?) but the game was shut down and only the John Woo movie will be made (at least that's the last I've heard).