Microsoft's keynote for the 2010 Tokyo Game Show at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan has recently concluded, and the console maker has led TGS off with many new game announcements for the Xbox Live Arcade and the Kinect for Xbox 360. Games from Japanese companies were the focus of Microsoft's keynote, as the publisher took note that games from Japan are in the future of the Xbox 360.
The keynote started with a new live gameplay demo of watermelon-slicing simulation Metal Gear Solid Rising from Kojima Productions and Konami. Phil Spencer, VP of Microsoft Game Studios, follows with the importance and the success of Japanese-developed titles for the Xbox 360 and on the Xbox Live Arcade. Noting the importance of these titles, Microsoft has announced partnerships with five different Japanese game developers, each creating exclusive games for the Xbox 360 console releasing in 2011. These games are:
- Fire Pro-Wrestling (Spike) - The fan-favorite wrestling series returns for the Xbox Live Arcade returns, with Avatars jumping into the ring.
- Radiant Silvergun (Treasure) - Treasure's cult classic shoot-em-up is brought to the current generation on the Xbox Live Arcade, featuring both local and online cooperative play, downloadable replays, and upgraded graphics.
- Haunt (NanaOn-Sha) - Coming from the studio that developed Parappa the Rapper, this horror adventure title has players exploring a haunted house to learn its secrets, using Kinect.
- Project Draco (Grounding Inc.) - Directed by Yukio Futatsugi of Panzer Dragoon and Phantom Dust fame, this action title has players training and controlling a dragon as a partner for combat with Kinect.
- codename D (Grasshopper Manufacture) - From the man that brought you Killer 7 and No More Heroes, Suda 51 and Grasshopper Manufacture's new title has players making their way through an evil amusement park with the use of Kinect.
However, these five games aren't the only announcements to come from Microsoft's Tokyo Game Show keynote. Dr Kawashima's Body and Brain Exercises from Namco Bandai Games and Child of Eden from Tetsuya Mizuguchi's Q? Entertainment also made appearances with new images and trailers to gawk at, both utilizing Kinect.
Microsoft's keynote ended with two more Kinect titles: horror adventure title Rise of Nightmares from SEGA, and mecha action title Steel Battalion Heavy Armor from Capcom. Yes, the Xbox game with the behemoth of a controller is back, but is now playable using Kinect. It is a collaboration between Capcom and Armored Core developer From Software.
The 2010 Tokyo Game Show is from September 16th to 19th, with the motto "GAME goes to a new chapter". The official website for TGS can be found here.