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Xbox 360 Launch Line-Up Partially Clarified

Although Microsoft's <a href="http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=6727">recent X05 announcement</a> specified a number of new Xbox 360 titles, notably m...

Simon Carless, Blogger

October 5, 2005

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Although Microsoft's recent X05 announcement specified a number of new Xbox 360 titles, notably missing from official statements at the Amsterdam event was confirmation of the official Xbox 360 launch software line-up. The console debuts on November 22 in North America, December 2 in Europe and December 10 in Japan, and many observers were expecting a canonical list of launch games. Fortunately, consumer game website GameSpot managed to contact David Reid, director of platform marketing for the Xbox, who went a little further towards a concrete announcement, commenting "there will be 15 to 20 Xbox 360 titles available on launch day." Of those titles, Reid was only willing to specifically name Microsoft and EA-published games as being available at Xbox 360 launch: Project Gotham Racing 3, Kameo, Perfect Dark Zero, Madden NFL 06, NBA Live 06, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06, Need for Speed Most Wanted, and Xbox 360 exclusive FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup. He did, however, say that the remaining titles were "currently in the final stages of certification" - while nothing is certain, multiplatform titles such as Neversoft/Activision's Gun, which is due to launch for other platforms on November 8, according to Electronics Boutique's website, seem the most likely to also debut alongside the Xbox.

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Simon Carless


Simon Carless is the founder of the GameDiscoverCo agency and creator of the popular GameDiscoverCo game discoverability newsletter. He consults with a number of PC/console publishers and developers, and was previously most known for his role helping to shape the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Conference for many years.

He is also an investor and advisor to UK indie game publisher No More Robots (Descenders, Hypnospace Outlaw), a previous publisher and editor-in-chief at both Gamasutra and Game Developer magazine, and sits on the board of the Video Game History Foundation.

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