In a DICE Summit interview to the NY Times, Microsoft’s Shane Kim was asked about the company’s 2008 line-up. The NYT reporter pointed out how Microsoft’s games line-up seems to pale in comparison to what the company had to offer last year – Mass Effect, BioShock, Halo 3, PGR4, to name a few exclusives.
And Mr. Kim’s answer is an interesting one: “I think the pipeline is very stacked. You just don’t know about it.”
Obviously the VP of Microsoft Game Studios isn’t going to say publicly that they’re looking at a crappy year games wise, but it’s doubtful Microsoft has been sitting on their hands doing nothing either. Next to already known and confirmed high-profile titles like Fable 2, Alan Wake, Splinter Cell Conviction and Halo Wars that will arrive on the 360 and not the PS3 this year, there are also strong rumors of likely sequels/prequels floating around titles like Gears of War and BioShock, which everyone knows will get follow-ups sooner rather than later.
If I was a betting man, my guess would be that Microsoft will continue surprising us and won’t hand the year off to Sony quite as easily as many seem to think.