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Microsoft: Something Big Coming for PC Gamers

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Microsoft Game Studios is working on a title for the PC gamer who loves to upgrade components.

Microsoft Game Studios General Manager Dave Luehmann reassured hardcore PC gamers that the studio hasn't completely moved into the casual gaming space. Without spilling details, he confirmed at least one game is in development that caters to the consumer who dumps loads of cash into upgrading their gaming rigs.

“There are other products, and I can think of one in particular, that will really encourage that type of behavior," he teased. Luehmann added that the core title will be part of a wide range (aka "funnel") of games that will cater to every PC gamer, whether its a casual title or one developed for core MMO players.

Previously Microsoft verified that Fable III would receive support for Games for Windows LIVE. The company also revealed a new edition to the Microsoft Flight Simulator franchise and an online title for the Age of Empires series. Luehmann said that the latter title represented a significant new approach to PC gaming for the company.

"A $50 product, then two years later another $50 product and maybe an expansion? I think that needs to change," he said. "I think that’s a business that’s been successful, and it can still be successful--certainly retail’s still a very valid part of everything that we’re doing--but you can divide that up in a bunch of different ways. You can see micro-transaction games, you can see macro-transaction games: we’re going to experiment."

Luehmann added that more announcements and products will be released over the next 24 months. "We don’t have specific titles that we’re talking about, but there’s more in the development queue than you’ve seen," he said.

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    burnley14 , August 31, 2010 1:33 AM
    How much more vague can he be?
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    theubersmurf , August 31, 2010 1:58 AM
    You want to do something for PC gamers Microsoft? Put an x86 processor in your effing xbox so that ports aren't using an entirely different instruction set, that way there would be a fair chance of some of the crappy ports we get would work!!!!!
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    willgart , August 31, 2010 1:31 AM
    any more details please???
    what type of system do we'll need? upgrading to which system?
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    furylicious , August 31, 2010 1:31 AM
    With all these talks with companies heading over to consoles, while we PC gamers sitting with our DX11 cards with few games to test them out, I'd say it's about time for a push. With recent articles of DRM, and development houses porting games to support the PS3 and XBOX Live, it's been pretty bleak lately with some exceptions like Crysis 2. Just wish other developers would follow suit instead of giving us the meaty leftovers of console gamers.
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    burnley14 , August 31, 2010 1:33 AM
    How much more vague can he be?
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    Ch33ky , August 31, 2010 1:33 AM
    Coming from a few MMO's (like WoW duh), I remember
    one game called "There". I
    made it into the beta and
    man was it pretty neat!
    Even though it had
    no real point to
    the game, you COULD do tons of micro-transactions to upgrade your stuff.

    Well it didn't take long to start seeing
    everyone with better stuff than yourself and
    lo and behold there i was spending money on a cool
    looking car, clothes, and even jet pack! Bye bye bank account!
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    eklipz330 , August 31, 2010 1:36 AM
    something big already came for PC users years ago. It's called STEAM, and they won the PC crowd over. You can go screw yourselves, Microsoft.


    Thanks for the OS though, much appreciated.
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    theubersmurf , August 31, 2010 1:53 AM
    willgartany more details please???what type of system do we'll need? upgrading to which system?
    Why are you so excited? You know nothing about the game other than it's demanding for a system, that alone is enough for you to just dive in and spend on?
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    theubersmurf , August 31, 2010 1:54 AM
    eklipz330something big already came for PC users years ago. It's called STEAM, and they won the PC crowd over. You can go screw yourselves, Microsoft.Thanks for the OS though, much appreciated.
    They don't want your thanks, just your money. But I'm sure they appreciate the thought too.
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    theubersmurf , August 31, 2010 1:58 AM
    You want to do something for PC gamers Microsoft? Put an x86 processor in your effing xbox so that ports aren't using an entirely different instruction set, that way there would be a fair chance of some of the crappy ports we get would work!!!!!
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    Anonymous , August 31, 2010 2:58 AM
    Flight simulator 2010?
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    demosthenes81 , August 31, 2010 3:02 AM
    if they wanna make me happy the next aoe will be a fully functional 64bit game no x86 and take advantage of my gtx 470 sli rig I upgraded to win 7 64bit gimme 64bit capable games with better ai
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    dEAne , August 31, 2010 3:16 AM
    This could mean you need to upgrade your system to play the game.
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    Studly007 , August 31, 2010 3:51 AM
    He's just talking about cloud computing, guys. Microsoft sets up some killer servers, rockin' the 480GTXs and ATI 5970s, makes you sign up for special bandwidth privileges, and VOILA !!

    More $$$ for Ballmer. Take that Jobs.
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    pirateboy , August 31, 2010 4:49 AM
    uhmm no?...microsoft can shove it up their arse
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    cranium , August 31, 2010 5:48 AM
    I hope it's Flanders!
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    Kelavarus , August 31, 2010 7:05 AM
    I would guess perhaps Gears of War 3? Even if it's Epic making it and Epic seems to look down at PCs right now, Microsoft is publishing it and has some force on the developer.

    Or at least a port of Gears of War 2. Which would be rather sad if that was 'big' news.

    Either way, glad to see that ol' Microsoft hasn't forgotten the platform it... Well, considering the popularity of DirectX, no offense to OpenGL or older platforms, pretty much created.
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    L0tus , August 31, 2010 7:23 AM
    Quote:
    "Game developer announces that it will release more types of games in the future"


    ...slow day at Tom's I see.
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    nxym , August 31, 2010 8:21 AM
    The next main headline


    Microsoft: Something Bigger Coming for PC Gamers
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    damianrobertjones , August 31, 2010 8:21 AM
    Halo 3? Pleasssseeeeee.. I want to play Halo 3. Darn well played 1 on the PC and 2 using an Xbox keyboard/mouse adapter and now, want to play 3 on the darn pc. (Sure, I have an xbox 360 sitting there with Halo 3... But I simply cannot bring myself to play)

    Played Gears on the PC and stopped after 25 minutes. It's a complete console game and didn't feel right on the pc.

    PC gaming might as well die and I point my finger at two places, consoles and piracy
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    back_by_demand , August 31, 2010 9:20 AM
    Should be interesting to see if it's MS buying Steam.
    That would be a weird development
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    lothdk , August 31, 2010 9:44 AM
    If it is revealed as Alan Wake with DX12 support I am not sure what I am going to do!
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