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Next Xbox reportedly launching with Ryse and a new Forza

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Microsoft's next-generation Xbox will reportedly launch with Ryse and a new Forza title, and use real money instead of Microsoft Points, reports The Verge.

The company originally announced Ryse, a first-person hack-and-slash title set in the Roman Empire, during E3 2010 as a project co-developed with Crytek called Codename: Kingdoms. When it re-revealed the game as Ryse at E3 2011, Microsoft said players would control the protagonist using Kinect. Microsoft's Phil Spencer told Polygon at E3 2012 that the company was "still building Ryse," but said it wasn't planning to launch the game for at least a year. According to The Verge, Microsoft Studios has been rebuilding Ryse to take advantage of the next-generation Xbox.

The Verge reports that Ryse and a new Forza game with "super life-like" graphics are set to launch with the next Xbox, along with a zombie title and an island-based family-oriented game said to feature Pixar-style visuals. The switch from Microsoft Points to local currency is described as one of Microsoft's improvements to Xbox Live.

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