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Diablo III, Fable Anniversary, and more huge games coming to Xbox 360 and/or Xbox One

Diablo III Xbox 360 box

E3 is fast upon us, as the year’s largest and most important gaming expo kicks off next week. This is the time for console gaming leaks. And this year it also happens to be a week for big announcements, perhaps because some publishers fear news of their games would be lost in the wave of news that strikes during E3 itself.

If you have an Xbox 360 or Xbox One, I dare you not to be excited by the games we’re about to discuss… I’m talking about a new (old) Fable game, the first game from original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare creators Respawn Entertainment, and one very big PC port: Diablo III! Read on for that news and more.

Fable Anniversary for Xbox 360

The original Fable was a huge hit on the first Xbox console, the system we definitely can’t call Xbox 1 anymore. British developer Lionhead Studio’s action-RPG oozed with charm and humor and also filled a much underserved niche on the RPG-starved first Xbox in 2004.

Fable allowed players to choose between good and evil actions. Not only did this choice affect the story, it even changed the character’s appearance. Players could even choose to marry NPCs. One year later, a retail expansion called Fable: The Lost Chapters came along, boasting lots of new content like quests, enemies, and items.

Some say that the first Fable was the only truly excellent game in the series, with Xbox 360 sequels Fable 2 and 3, as well as spin-offs Fable Heroes and Fable: The Journey (and perhaps even Fable Coin Golf for Windows Phone 7!) failing to meet the original’s lofty standards. Those crotchety players will be happy to know that the original Fable will receive a high-definition Xbox 360 remake this fall, not unlike 2011’s Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition.

Fable Anniversary comparison

Fable Anniversary will include the full first game as well as The Lost Chapters. Microsoft and Lionhead also promise new lighting, textures, animations, and a host of other graphical improvements. It will even have leaderboards for the first time ever.

It’s a shame that Fable Anniversary won’t also be released for Xbox One, but it definitely gives 360 gamers a long and much loved game to look forward to in the fourth quarter of this year.

Diablo III for Xbox 360

Diablo III for Xbox 360

When Sony and Blizzard announced that Diablo III would be coming to Playstation 4 during that console’s reveal event, many of us feared that the venerable action-RPG series would never make its way to Xbox platforms. Thankfully, that has proven not to be the case, as Activision Blizzard just announced that Diablo III will appear on Xbox 360 on September 3rd – in addition to Playstation 3 and (shortly thereafter) 4. Xbox One remains conspicuously absent from that list, but at least 360 gamers will be able to get in on the loot seeking action!

The long-awaited third Diablo title first appeared on PC in May 2012. It received a somewhat mixed reception, especially due to an ill-advised real-world auction system. It also faced stiff competition against Torchlight II and other contemporaries. On consoles however there are precious few Diablo-like games. XBLA has the first Torchlight but it’s a much smaller, single-player affair.

The 360 version of Diablo III will include the content that’s been added to the PC game since launch, so it won’t feel anemic by comparison. It also includes a revamped UI and new camera angles to make the game feel at home on a console. Most excitingly, it will add four-player local co-op! Sitting around the TV and playing with a friend/significant other or three should be a great way to pass a few evenings. And Blizzard even promises that multiple local players will be able to join in online games, so it won’t be hard at all to fill out a team of four.

Diablo III will retail for $59.99 when it launches on September 3rd. Preordering it will get you an exclusive helmet that boosts XP gain. Now let’s hope an Xbox One version comes along too, even if Playstation 4 gets it first.

Titanfall for Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC

Titanfall Game Informer cover

The story of how the creators of gaming juggernaut Call of Duty: Modern Warfare split off from Activision-owned Infinity Ward in order to create their own studio is the stuff of gaming legend. If you’re not familiar with those events, stop what you’re doing and do a web search on it right now. To make a long story short, several members of the Modern Warfare team felt shrifted after Modern Warfare 2 released and so they went off to form their own studio: Respawn Entertainment.

We’ve heard little from Respawn since then. But Game Informer magazine has just leaked a huge bombshell: Respawn’s first game Titanfall will be exclusive to Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC! That’s right, the spiritual successor to Modern Warfare will not be coming to Playstation 3 or 4. Consider that one huge feather in the Xbox One’s cap, to say nothing of its little brother the 360.

We don’t have too many details about Titanfall just yet, but it will be a futuristic first-person shooter. You weren’t expecting an RTS, were you? Humans characters will have the ability to pilot huge mechs called Titans. But the game will be balanced in such a way that other humans can effectively combat those mechs.

One potentially cool or uncool aspect of Titanfall is that it will require an online connection to play. The primary reason for that is the Xbox One’s ability to offload processing tasks to the cloud. This will apparently allow the game to have more advanced physics and graphical effects than the Xbox One could handle on its own. Considering that easily 90% of Call of Duty players buy the game for its online mode, I doubt the online requirement will prove much of a deterrent for this particular game.

We’re bound to hear more about Titanfall during Microsoft’s E3 media briefing on Monday, so stay tuned!

Source: Game Informer via NeoGAF and Kotaku

Fantasia: Music Evolved for Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Given the critical praise of Harmonix’s Dance Central series and its motion controls, many gamers thought that Dance Central 4 as a Kinect title would be a foregone conclusion. It turns out that the studio famous for its music games will instead follow up Dance Central 3 with a licensed Disney game called Fantasia: Music Evolved.

Fantasia: Music Evolved

Yes, this is a new motion-controlled music game based on Disney’s animated Fantasia films. Players will take on the role of the new Sorcerer’s Apprentice (please don’t remind me of that tepid movie!) as he conducts music within a magical world. The brilliantly colorful graphics are 3D instead of 2D, while the music consists of licensed songs from Queen (yes!), Bruno Mars, and other artists.

Fantasia: Music Evolved might seem like an odd license and a difficult concept to grasp at this point in time. However, we know that Harmonix KNOWS music and it KNOWS motion controls. The Xbox One version of Fantasia will likely have the most accurate full-body controls that Harmonix has ever produced, and that thrills this Dance Central fan to the core.

Wolfenstein: The New Order for Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Bethesda, publisher of such games as Skyrim and Doom 3: BFG Edition is currently hard at work on the latest installment in the venerable Wolfenstein series. Yes, this one was announced a few weeks back but we've got a fresh trailer to share with you now.

Rather than a direct sequel, The New Order spins the story off into an alternate universe in which the Nazis won World War II and took over America. Series protagonist B.J. Blaskowicz returns as the only man capable of stopping the sci-fi Nazi menace.

Wolfenstein: The New Order

The New Order will be a single-player game, a fact which could disappoint fans of the phenomenal original Xbox entry Return to Castle Wolfenstein. But the world needs an alternate history game about fighting techno Nazis even more than it needs yet another multiplayer game. We’ll do our best to get some hands-on footage of Wolfenstein: The New Order at E3 next week!

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DIABLO III FOR XBOX 360

neo158 says:

I play it on my PC, I recommend to anyone who likes that style of game.

I hope it also releases for Xbox One. I'm not going to put my venerable 360' in hibernation however I'd rather have a better looking version if its available. Before anyone says, "you can play it with ultra settings on PC now," I know. PC gaming isn't for everyone.

My gamertag is demonboydante I'll be playn Diablo III and I have a lot of other games shoot me a friend request anyone who wants to play Xbox live

Vb2012 says:

Paul when is E3 ??

Zeeshan360 says:

Microsoft's conference is on Monday .. Same time as Apple's WWDC

ladydias says:

Is it bad that the first thing that popped into my head when I read WWDC was World Wide Domination Conference?

TiLoBrown says:

It fits them so well, so no

wpguy says:

I hope there are gobs of One games on display, so the "they lost the gamers" crowd can calm down.

lin0x says:

still, its not a "gaming" console anymore, i can't lend games ,hell i cant even buy games ( as everything works like a contract) , and online check every 24 hours,  kinect bullcrap....

Nejcooo says:

PC GAMING!!!!!!!!

Consoles started gaming

neo158 says:

Consoles started "Casual Gaming" unlike the PC!!!!

Sorry, but PC's probably pioneered the first real complex games.

wpguy says:

... games like Lemonade Stand, Oregon Trail, TextTrain, Oink!, the original Castle Wolfenstein... Those were the days...

Nejcooo says:

yeah but can you kill me with your funny controler before i kill you with my mouse? :P

andrewq911 says:

Actually all games made are first made on a PC and tested. Without the PC, consoles would never exist

theefman says:

Apart from Titanfall nothing else sounds interesting to me. Hope they have a way to account for internet outages with their online requirement. Why is Diablo such a big deal anyway?

kingkoopa09 says:

Diablo is like one of the greatest franchises of any console that pretty much only been on PC except for a few PC 1 copies and Diablo 3 is great because u can actually play offline on Xbox as well as multiplayer which is why I haven't bought Diablo 3 because of satellite internet

To better explain because I had trouble understanding the other commented, Diablo is a pretty addicting and fun dungeon crawler series that up until this year has been exclusive to the PC.

Mouthsmasher says:

Titan Fall and Diablo III sound like games I'd like to pick up, but I'll only get D3 if it's on the XboxOne. Also, SUPER happy to hear about Titan Fall's Xbox exclusivity!!

VRoadrunner says:

If Titan Fall can show us what the cloud is capable of it could be a big moment for Microsoft's conference

JamesSB says:

Microsoft already has a game out that uses the cloud, Galactic Reign. The game uses the cloud to render battle sequences. Here are a couple sample battles:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGvS09ijYKA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCEBr9ZL_mo

VRoadrunner says:

I play Galactic Reign. I mean: I want to see what this 300,000 server powered Xbox Live and its cloud means for AAA games. Titanfall from what they're saying sounds like an opportunity to showcase to core gamers the benefit of cloud computing in gaming.

JKOgden says:

I hope that there's more games coming than remakes of old games and musical games. :|

apocacrux says:

How could one have an Xbox One?

inteller says:

*facepalm* regurgitating old IP with refreshed skins...these are more developer training experiments  that are being pawned off as games.  I just HATE first wave console releases....they are almost always crap....and they get away with releasing crap because it is a new console.

neo158 says:

Ah, someone who never played Diablo III!!!!

Paul Acevedo says:

Uhh, the remakes and ports listed are all big titles and they'll do good numbers. Just because you don't like playing games that have come before doesn't mean nobody does.

Agreed now where's the final fantasy VII remake :)

Mooncow27 says:

Fable. Your health is low, watch that!

Forc3 says:

Wolfenstein Trailer not available in Germany? got dammit!!!!!!! WHY???

inteller says:

because it shows a swatstika duh!

neo158 says:

Exactly, anything showing Nazi symbols is banned in Germany for obvious reasons.

tylerh1701 says:

Definitely most interested in the Fable remake.  Diablo III seems interesting too.  I'm a big fan of Harmonix, but man that trailer (?) for the Fantasia game is really bad.

kingkoopa09 says:

Exclusives means more devs and more games coming if this is the beginning im too excited, won't be buying anything on my 360, I'm getting last of us for ps3 and holding out until Xbox one drops

I wish they would have made The Last of Us on Xbox 360 too, it is a shame :(

Diablo 3 looks really fun, I played 2 for a while then Xbox took over lol. I will be going to the Microsoft Press Conference Monday june 10th if anyone wants me to try and get info on anything.

Dadstar0410 says:

Do you think Gamestop will allow me to trade in my pc version and evenly exchange for the 360 version?

No, they won't, I can guarantee you that. I'm not even sure if they accept trade ins on the PC version period, because I'm unaware of how the DRM and product key are linked to your initial purchase.

neo158 says:

It's always online DRM with a key that's tied to your account so Gamestop wouldn't allow a trade in.

ladydias says:

No. Gamestop doesn't do PC game trade-ins. At least they didn't when I worked there.

Dadstar0410 says:

That's a shame, because I have to use my dad's laptop for the game, but he's using it a lot and I feel like im intruding on his stuff when I use it.

wpguy says:

I hope Portal and Portal 2 are sent through the portal from the 360 to One... In layman's terms, fun games go in and fun games come out.

Murgatroyd7 says:

It's hard to get excited about any of these.

andrewq911 says:

Does anybody else agree that Diablo 3 isn't as good as the others?

Great recap of all the announced titles ... thanks for the tidy summary, Paul!
-- Cornelius

Paul Acevedo says:

Thanks man! Good to see you here. :)