Rather unsurprisingly, Microsoft have admitted that fans can expect to see more Fable, Halo, Gears and Forza games in the near future. The latter two are due their third and fourth installments respectively at the end of the year, with Microsoft looking to add to their portfolio with new IPs and titles that take advantage of Kinect and Windows Mobile.
Speaking to Gamasutra, Microsoft's senior director of PC and mobile gaming told the site "we’re going to continue to build on and innovate" on titles like Halo and Fable, among others. Gears of War 3 is due in September, and Forza 4 - despite a media blackout since E3 - is still slated for an autumnal 2011 release. Peter Molyneux has been gabbing off about what fans can expect from a fourth Fable adventure, and as for Halo, we hear a remake is due and Microsoft is investigating annualizing the franchise.
It's by no means jaw-dropping news, and yet it's somewhat reassuring to hear Microsoft talk about their core first-party. In the last six months, so much of their attention - and thus, rhetoric - has been focused on Kinect, the likes of Halo and co fell to the wayside. Microsoft would be utterly stupid to abandon their core, as despite its triumphant launch, Kinect will hit the ceiling sooner or later.
Should we expect a few blockbuster announcements at E3 this year? Why not tell us what you're hypothesizing, eh? [Gamasutra]