June 14, 2011 at 6:00 PM ET
Microsoft was unusually quiet at last week's annual video game extravaganza known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo. But if the rumor mill is to be believed, that won't be the case at next year's E3 when Microsoft will reportedly announce the successor to the Xbox 360.
This rumor comes courtesy of game site VideoGamer.com. According to the site, "a high-ranking industry source at Crytek" who has worked with the machine, told them Microsoft wants to make its new console announcement ahead of rival Sony and will do so in the next 12 months and likely at next year's E3.
The unnamed source also told VideoGamer that Crytek is already developing a new "TimeSplitters" game for the next generation of consoles. According to Videogamer.com...
The source reports that the graphics on TimeSplitters 4 are noticeably improved over current generation technology ... As for the game itself, the new TimeSplitters is reported to focus on the series' branching paths and exploratory nature, with sandbox-style gameplay elements a big priority. The current goal is for levels to feature multiple routes that lead to the same overall conclusion.
Though Microsoft has declined to comment on the rumors, the timing of this alleged forthcoming announcement does make some sense.
At this year's E3, Microsoft revealed a couple of new "Halo" games and talked up its Xbox Live TV plans. But compared to Nintendo and Sony — who grabbed all kinds of attention with their forthcoming Wii U and PlayStation Vita game gadgets — Microsoft played it low-key. Certainly it won't do that two years in a row.
Meanwhile, this newest Xbox successor scuttlebutt arrives following last month's rumor that Microsoft's new Xbox machine had been spotted in the Electronic Arts offices. In fact, that rumor had inspired even more rumors that Microsoft would unveil its new machine at last week's E3.
But it just goes to show you how reliable the rumor mill is. Microsoft said not a single thing about what's to come after the Xbox 360 during last week's trade show.
Then again, it did confirm the rumor that "Halo 4" was in the works. So the question is — will "Halo 4" be made for the Xbox 360? Or perhaps for the Xbox 720?
(Thanks to VideoGamer for the heads up.)
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