A global Christmas launch for Xbox 360 has been confirmed during the Xbox Summit 2005 in Japan today, with the event also revealing further publisher support and new titles for the forthcoming next-generation console, including Namco's massive Ridge Racer franchise.


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The addition of Ridge Racer 6 to the Japanese line-up for Xbox 360 is a clear sign of how much Microsoft want to ensure their new console gets the interest of Japanese gamers, whilst the likes of Genki's Shutokou Battle, A-Train X from Artdink, and Winning Eleven from Konami bolstering the appeal even further.

Other highlights from the lengthy list of confirmed titles include Mobile Suit Gundam (Bandai), Super Robot Wars (Banpresto), Dynasty Warriors 5 (Koei), Rumble Roses XX (Konami), Far East of Eden Ziria: Tales from Distant Jipang (Hudson), Every Party and Ninety-Nine Nights (Microsoft), Chromehounds (Sega), King of Fighters Maximum Impact 2 (SNK Playmore), Operation Darkness and Zookeeper (Success), World Airforce (Taito), Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 and Dead or Alive code: Cronus (Tecmo), Wrestle Kingdom (Yuke's).

Cavia, Eidos, Frontier Groove, G.Rev, Hamster, Idea Factory, Jaleco, Kids Station, Marvelous Interactive, Spike Co, Treasure, and Vivendi are all said to be working on further titles for the Xbox 360.

Recent months have seen Microsoft announce the support of Square Enix with Final Fantasy XI, and the series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi who will be working on two of his own RPG's developed by Microsoft Game Studios directly.

Exact details of the European launch including pricing is expected to be announced later this year when Microsoft hold their X05 event, which has typically been used in previous years to major announcements, and looks certain to continue the trend this year.

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