Shane Kim On The Xbox 360

For those of you who don’t know, Shane Kim is the Microsoft Game Studios boss so if you like Microsoft games and consoles, you’ll probably have been affected by one of his many decisions at the top.  One of his recent interviews over at CVG has highlighted some interesting things he’s had to say this month.

Firstly, as the console has now been on the market for three years, has it been a success?  Well I’ve no doubt that it has.  Of course, it has appealed generally to the hardcore market, as opposed to the ‘casual’ gamer success of the Wii.  Bearing this in mind, CVG asked Kim what he thought was going to be the highlight of this year:

“I don’t like to pick between my children, but I think Gears Of War has the potential to be one of the biggest releases this Fall… Fable 2 I think will be huge also.”

I’d certainly agree with him on this one.  Personally, I can’t wait until I get to play some new Gears of War 2 with a mate sitting next to me, as we double chainsaw the Locust Horde.  Fable 2?  Well, can it live up to Mass Effect?  Granted they are set in quite different universes and Fable 2 seems a little cartoony (like the original) whereas Mass Effect takes itself very seriously.  Fable 2 will have to be something special to steal the best Xbox 360 RPG crown.

One thing that is interesting in it being missing from those two games above is Alan Wake.  Here’s what Kim had to say about this exclusive:

“We’re managing that very carefully with Remedy.  When you can announce a game and get people really excited about it, the last thing you want to do is show it before it’s ready.  Alan Wake is pretty ambitious, in terms of what it’s trying to do.  It’s taking a very different approach to storytelling and gameplay and it’s taking a lot of work to get it right.”

Kim also goes on to discuss the peripherals that Microsoft has produced (their steering wheel is good, though the original literally smoked) and how they may or may not be interested in a wireless motion sensing controller.  Will that be a direction Microsoft goes in?  Well, it wouldn’t surprise me.  Would it get enough support from developers when the Wii is out there and dedicated to the cause?  Well only time will tell.  Click here to read the rest of the interview.

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