Announces Launch Details for Xbox
17, 2001) Microsoft Corp. has announced the North American launch
details of its new Xbox video game system. Starting November 8,
2001, Xbox consoles will be available for purchase at retail outlets
throughout North America for an estimated retail price of $299.
Microsoft says that the games coming out for Xbox will "blur
the lines between fantasy and reality."
8, Xbox will hit the market and redefine how people think about
and play video games, said Robbie Bach, chief Xbox officer
at Microsoft. Xbox is going to change video games the way
MTV changed music. Your games are never going to be the same.
detailed its North American launch plans at a press conference
at the 2001 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2001, one of the
worlds largest annual games industry trade shows.
press conference, Microsoft also announced strengthened relationships
with console game studios Capcom Co. Ltd. and Sega Entertainment
Inc., for delivery of high quality video games on the Xbox.
that it will develop three games for Xbox, including two Xbox
exclusives: DinoCrisis 3 (tentative title), the latest
in the famed Dino Crisis series produced by Shinji
Mikami, and BRAIN-BOX (code name and tentative title),
an original robot simulation game also produced by Mikami. In
addition, the popular game Onimusha will be optimized
for Xbox and produced by Keiji Inafune.
that it is creating Xbox versions of its Sega Sports 2K2 games,
as well as Crazy Taxi Next and House of the Dead 3. The games
will ship in the Xbox 2001 launch window in North America. Sega
also committed to design its Sega Sports 2K3 lineup for the Xbox
broadband online game service, which is scheduled to launch in
the first half of 2002.
Capcom and Sega on board reinforces the incredible quality and
selection of games that Xbox will deliver this fall, Bach
said. The creative artists at these studios will not only
deliver great Xbox games, but they will help us establish the
benchmark for great gaming experiences to come."
also announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Warner Bros.
and a signed alliance with Universal Interactive Services Inc.
to create Xbox games. Microsoft and Warner Bros. will develop
and publish Xbox games based on Steven Spielbergs movie,
A.I., that will hit movie theaters June 29. Microsoft will
publish three action-packed adventure AI games, considered
interactive sequels to the movie, two of which are slated for
release this fall in conjunction with the consoles launch
in North America.
and Universal Interactive Services will develop an Xbox game Bruce
Lee: Quest of the Dragon, developed by Ronin Entertainment.
It will also be published exclusively on Xbox. Bruce Lee:
Quest of the Dragon is a cinematic, fast-paced action game
that allows gamers to play as the legendary martial arts master
in his latest feature film.
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