Crytek's Xbox 360 exclusive Codename: Kingdoms is further into production than you may think, Microsoft development boss Phil Spencer has revealed.
The title was unveiled at E3 2010 via a teaser trailer that featured a bloodied Centurion - and was the only previously unannounced, non-Kinect platform exclusive shown by Microsoft.
Spencer told the latest issue of OXM UK that MS and Crytek had been working on Kingdoms "for a while".
He further hinted that the idea behind Kingdoms wouldn't suit other consoles - saying it was "unique to what [Xbox is] as a platform".
"Cervat [Yerli], the head of Crytek, I probably met him for the first time at GDC four of five years ago," said Spencer.
"We'd try to find ways to work together, but as a publisher I want to work with independent developers when it's a relationship I know would be strong and symbiotic.
"If they have ideas that they think and we think are better for third-party publishers, I'm actually happy to have success on our platform with those games.
"We found an idea with Kingdoms that we think is unique to what we are as a platform. They're extremely excited about building this game and we've been working on it for a while, prototyping concepts.
"They're just such a top-tier developer. Graphically, they're on a par with anybody else in the industry - and I think it's a great addition to our line-up."
You can read the full interview with Phil Spencer in issue 62 of OXM, which is on sale now. Buy your copy of OXM online and have it delivered to your door.