Following Lego Star Wars II and Company of Heroes will be Flight Sim X, Age of Empires III: The Warchiefs, Zoo Tycoon 2: Marine Mania and Zoo Tycoon 2: Zookeeper Collection, which will be in stores in from October.
The new packaging is designed to enable gamers to easily identify the Windows version of the game, thanks to the new branding and DVD-style package. Games for Windows branding will also begin to appear in retail stores.
The Games for Windows brand is more than an aesthetic change though. In order for a game to garnish the brand a strict set of technical guidelines which ensure consumers have a consistent, reliable gaming experience on Windows XP and Vista must be met. Guidelines include easier game installation, increased reliability, plus support for key Vista features such as Games Explorer and Parental Controls.
The games will also support wide-screen gaming, can be launched from within Windows Media Centre, will be compatible with 64bit consumer versions of Windows and support the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows.