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One of Microsoft's studios in Vancouver has been given an official moniker – Black Tusk Studio, and although the developer hasn't released anything just yet, it has high ambitions.
A profile piece in The Vancouver Sun talks to Black Tusk's studio manager, Mike Crump, who says that the developer is working on a triple-A title that he wants to be "the next Halo." The Sun article says that Black Tusk's game is for the Xbox 360.
Last year, it was revealed that a Microsoft studio in Vancouver was working on a hardcore Kinect shooter, and although at the time the developer wasn't known as Black Tusk Studio, the studios and projects appear to be one and the same. Clicking on the jobs listing in the original article that used to take you to www.mgsvancouver.com now redirects you to Black Tusk's website. At the time, the company was seemingly called Zipline Studios.
Last year, Microsoft closed another studio in the area that was working on a free flight simulator and a Kinect-based project involving interactive books.
The Vancouver Sun article doesn't mention Kinect in relation to Black Tusk's current game, so we'll have to wait and see if this Vancouver project has undergone other changes other than the developer's name.
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If Microsofts new IP is a kinect shooter, i'm going to be pissed.
Bleh, we have enough shooters...let alone trying to copy/base off an already successful series, makes this already sound/feel terrible.
It's very cool that this studio has it's official moniker, but I'm not sure if I would like to see another shooter that wants to be 'the next Halo.' I would like to see something more original and creative. If they can set that shooter apart from others, by all means go for it. I do wish them the best of luck and will be looking for more information on it as time passes.
Well I hope this game is good. Just because he says he wants it to be the next Halo it doesnt mean its going to be a Halo clone.
great, another copycat studio from microsoft. Stop saying you want to make the next halo, say you want to make the next great game. I think we dont need a halo clone, we need a new original idea. I hope these guys can get enough space to make their own game.
I hope by "the next halo" they mean putting out a stripped down version of a popular PC genre that works well with a controller.
At least they didn't say the next "Grabbed by the Ghoulies"
a mature title to actually make proper use of the kinect with adequate response in the controls would be nice
Interactive books. Good choice to cancel that Microsoft.
Oh dear, it sounds like we're just going to get FPS, Kinect games and Xbox 360 exclusives from this lot. And I thought the world of games was supposed to be evolving!
Remember the last game which claimed to be "the next Halo". I t was called Brute force and there's a reason why nobody remembers it and why Halo is still going strong.
Let 343 handle Halo stuff and all things like it Vancouv...