Microsoft kicked off a busy day of events with some big announcements, including both a new Halo game and a remastered version of the original, a Star Wars game for Kinect and sequels to Dance Central and Kinect Sports.
Halo, the company's largest franchise, is not only getting a remake of the original for the series' tenth anniversary (out November 15). Halo 4, a game highly anticipated after side-story games Halo: ODST and Halo: Reach were released in recent years, will be out holiday 2012.
A new Dashboard interface was revealed, with full Kinect support, YouTube integration, a search function through Bing and live TV. It'll be out this fall.
The company is putting a lot of effort and resources into a second wave of titles for its motion-sensing Kinect peripheral, including some that appeal to a less casual demographic. We're getting expected sequels to last year's hits, Dance Central and Kinect Sports. We're also getting Kinect Star Wars, a series of Force-based challenges, including lightsaber battles. Fable: The Journey is a Kinect-enabled fantasy adventure. Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster, developed by Double Fine, looks lets you and your family be Elmo and Cookie Monster. Four EA Sports games will include support as well, including Madden, FIFA and Tiger Woods.
Of course, they didn't ignore previously-announced They didn't ignore already-announced games, either. Gears of War 3, releasing in September, marks the return of Horde Mode. Forza 4 features headtracking and will be out in October. Modern Warfare 3 had a big video, and Mass Effect 3, Ghost Recon (both with Kinect controls) and Tomb Raider (out late 2012) were also shown.