Xbox.com slip reveals Microsoft's E3 plans

The fickle finger of fate has struck at Microsoft HQ, with a list of the company's E3 announcements being posted to the Xbox.com site ahead of schedule - and there's at least one surprise spoiled as a result.

For the last week, the Xbox.com E3 page has been host to teasers and hints about what the gaming giant will be revealing at the Electronics Entertainment Expo, which starts tomorrow. A slip of some poor likely-ex-employee's finger has set the ball rolling early, however - and if you still want to be surprised, stop reading here.

While the original page has been taken down, a cached copy is available courtesy of the guys over at NowGamer - and it makes interesting reading.

The highlight of Microsoft's E3 schedule is the announcement of Halo 4, the sixth title in the long-running Halo series started by Bungie - along with a 'remastered' version of the original title, dubbed Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. Details are, sadly, scant - but fans will likely give the latest game a critical reception, given that Bungie is no longer a Microsoft company and is instead working for Activision Blizzard.

The company is also to announce a Star Wars-themed game for its controller-free Kinect sensor platform, dubbed - amazingly enough - Star Wars Kinect. Again, details are scant, but the title will likely have the player take on the role of a Jedi Knight and use the power of the force - via a lot of hand-waving and face-pulling - to achieve in-game objectives.

The remainder of the announcements planned are sequels, and display a focus on the Kinect platform: Dance Central 2 and Kinect Sports Season 2 are both among the titles which the company will be demonstrating at the event.

Microsoft has not yet confirmed that the leaked details are accurate, but given their appearance on the official Xbox.com site they're hardly likely to be fake. With the announcements expected later today, we don't have long to wait for confirmation.