What’s left for Xbox?
The month of July has been very kind to Microsoft and it’s gaming rig. With the release of the Xbox 360 slim; sales for the machine have catipulted, surpassing all other sales for that month. However I started thinking about something the other day, that sent a chill down my spine. I asked myself “What is left for the Xbox”? (in terms of franchise exclusives)
Now I know you are probably thinking, “well they have plenty of games coming out”, but how many of those are exclusive titles? For this year I believe Halo: Reach and Fable 3 are the only exclusive titles coming out for the 360. And we all know that will be a huge money maker, but come to think about it, that’s it for Halo. The Halo gaming franchise is pretty much over, since Bungie studios shall know longer be developing anymore games on the franchise. Halo was the flagship franchise for the Xbox! Well at least they still have Gears of War 3…wait a minute that’s the last in the series as well! Unless they pull a Halo and come out with a prequel or 2.
As Halo launched the original Xbox into gaming glory, the Gears of War series has been a franchise hit with the 360. These two series were awesome money makers, that made people wait in line for long hours just to get a copy of a game (I would know!). So what is left? What is the next big franchise? Fable 3 will be coming out by the end of the year but in my opinion it is not a franchise that everyone knows about. If you say Halo, almost everyone knows what you are talking about unless Beyonce comes to their mind. But if you say Fable then you might have a bit of explaining to do.
So what I’m curious to know is this, what is the next big franchise that will be exclusive to 360? Nowadays it is pretty hard to establish exclusive titles and some companies have lost exclusive titles (*cough Sony cough*).
Do not get me wrong there are still exclusive titles for the Xbox like Forza, Project Gotham, Fable but where are the huge titles. Will we see another Halo like Franchise for the big black (or white) and green machine?
So after Gears of War 3 is all said and done, what’s next?