THE FUTURE OF
VIDEOGAMES AT X01
Copyright 2001 www.tombraiderchronicles.com
[ October 18th 2001 ]
amid the breathtaking cliff tops of Theole-Sur-Mer
overlooking the Cote d'Azur, in an inspirational
and stylish mansion designed by Pierre Cardin
and populated with nearly a thousand video game
industry guests, the Xbox video game system made
its European debut.
called X01 and hosted by Xbox, provided more details
on one of the most eagerly awaited video game
launches ever. As green light rose into the sky
and dry ice wafted over the crowd, European price,
availability and planned shipment quantities were
revealed, ending months of speculation by the
will be available at retail outlets in 16 major
European markets beginning 14th March 2002 for
an anticipated retail price of euro 479/ (pound)
299. The majority of Xbox titles are expected
to launch at an anticipated retail price of euro
69/ (pound) 44.99. A total of 1.5 million Xbox
consoles are planned for shipment in Europe for
its first three months on sale (to the end of
June 2002), which includes weekly replenishments
from the Xbox manufacturing facility in Hungary.
all about the games, and the range revealed at
X01 demonstrated the large amount of support that
Xbox enjoys from 3rd party developers, as well
as a stellar line-up of 1st party games. In total
there were 40 playable games at X01, with many
more being announced for the first time or shown
Molyneux of Lionhead Studios announced his second
Xbox-exclusive game, BC, an exciting new title
being developed by Lionhead satellite Intrepid
Games. In addition Molyneux ran a demonstration
of his previously under-wraps Xbox RPG, Project
Ego, in which players control a character who
ages from childhood to death, whose skin tans
from the sunlight over time, and with graphics
and gameplay that take advantage of many of the
advanced capabilities of Xbox. Both titles will
be published by Microsoft Games.
announced more titles from its first-party game
development division including Brute Force, a
futuristic squad-based, tactical shooter played
from a third person perspective and with stunning
graphics, and Rallisport Challenge, a unique rally
racing game with four different types of rally
Arts: Announced and demonstrated an Xbox-exclusive
version of F1 2002 which will include the new
season's course and driver data.
Announced and had a playable version of Wreckless,
an Xbox-exclusive mission-based driving game.
First European playable version of the highly
anticipated and Xbox-exclusive fighting game Dead
Or Alive 3.
Debut of playable demos in Europe of Xbox firsts
Jet Set Radio Future, GunValkyrie and Sega GT
Announced and demoed an Xbox version of Championship
Manager, the highly successful football management
game now on a console for the first time.
Playable Atari title Transworld Surfing - the
first unveiling of an Xbox game under the Atari
Announced Ghost Recon as an Xbox exclusive; first
showing of Batman Vengeance and Rayman M on Xbox.
First European playable version of the Xbox-exclusive
motorcycle racer Moto GP.
THE XBOX EXPERIENCE
the result of months of planning by the European
Xbox team at Microsoft, who wanted to create an
event that was more than a press conference or
a trade show. The team wanted an experience, and
it had to reflect the excitement that Xbox has
brought to Europe.
is something special," said Sandy Duncan, Vice
President, Xbox Europe, "and we needed to create
an experience that would do it justice. We wanted
our guests to go away not with just an update
on games progress, but with a real feeling for
what Xbox stands for in Europe and a glimpse of
Maison Bulles (bubble house), is owned by legendary
French designer Pierre Cardin, who designed it
almost 30 years ago. With breathtaking views across
the Cote d'Azur from almost every part of the
house, Maison Bulles is still at the cutting edge
of style, blending 70s chic and space age elegance.
X01 guests got to explore its bubble-shaped rooms,
elliptical portholes, sculpted pools, underwater
living room and 400-seater, open-air amphitheatre
over the event's two days.
we needed a special venue for such a special event,"
said Duncan. "Maison Bulles is in close parallel
with Xbox - stylish, futuristic and unique, with
one thousand journalists and representatives from
the video game industry, from all over Europe
as well as North America and Asia, packed the
modern cliff-top amphitheatre of the house as
the sun set. The event kicked off with Sandy Duncan
announcing price and availability, and continued
on to offer demonstrations and announcements of
games launching with Xbox and beyond.
the announcements, guests were allowed to explore
the rest of the house, where each publisher-themed
room featured demos of the games Europe will be
playing on 14th March and beyond. Guests were
free to wander around and take in the experience
at their leisure.
concluded with a live set by Carl Cox, internationally
renowned DJ, who entertained the crowd until the
small hours. X01 continues tomorrow with a full
day of gameplay and press interviews for Xbox
and 3rd party spokespeople.