E3 2011 is just weeks away and rumors are beginning to fly concerning just what will be announced at the show. With Nintendo ready to drop the curtain on Wii 2/Project Cafe/Stream, and Sony likely still making amends for the PSN and Qriocity outages while showing off NGP, what can we expect from Microsoft? Apparently, new Kinect games with a clear focus on the hardcore audience, along with few other potential surprises.

A source close to Eurogamer claims that a minimum of ten original intellectual properties for Kinect will be unveiled at E3 2011, in addition to sequels for Kinect Sports and Dance Central. Furthermore, Kinect Sports developer Rare allegedly has a second Kinect title in development. Nothing concrete is known about the game, though it is rumored not to incude any characters with which Rare has previously worked. Kinect Sports 2 and Dance Central 2 are both expected to ship in time for holiday 2011.

Other Kinect games expected to be part of Microsoft’s E3 presence include the LucasArts produced Star Wars game that made an appearance at E3 2010, and Codename: Kingdoms from Crysis 2 developer Crytek.

Kinect is understandably positioned as one of the pillars of Microsoft’s E3 plans, now that more than ten million of them have been sold, but non-Kinect products will be represented, too. We already know to expect Forza Motorsport 4, and after the leaked trailer, we should have a pretty good idea of what the game will be. However, there may be still more Forza news at the show.

The announcement of Forza World, an open world driving game directed by the former head of the team responsible for Dirt and Grid, has been rumored by Eurogamer. So too has the official reveal of the Halo: Combat Evolved remake, said to be handled by TimeShift developer Sabre Interactive and running on the Halo: Reach engine.

A spate of hardcore-focused Kinect games revealed at E3 2011 can only be good news for Child of Eden, arguably the first such game coming to the platform, which is releasing — probably not coincidentally — on June 14, just one week after the show concludes. Successful though Kinect has been, the peripheral has been firmly entrenched in the “casual” end of the gaming pool since its release last year. Microsoft promised hardcore Kinect games early on, and it looks like they plan to deliver. It remains to be seen, though, just how many hardcore Kinect gamers there actually are.

At the same time, what about Xbox 360 players who remain uninterested in motion gaming? What will be announced for them? Alan Wake 2? Halo 4? What do you think?

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Source: Eurogamer