The Kinect had a pretty good launch last year with hit titles like Dance Central hitting top ten charts. But ever since then, there really hasn’t been much to get pumped for. There are a few Japanese Kinect games announced, but that’s about it. Microsoft is looking to get the more hardcore consumer involved with kinect.
Microsoft Vancouver opened their website. The website describes their upcoming project as a “core” game, but digging into one of the employee’s resume reveals that he is working on a “core AAA shooter experience using Kinect.” Other than that, there really isn’t much else known. There’s a rumor of a Halo: Combat Evolved remake coming later this year, although this could be something entirely different. And considering Microsoft’s current known line-up for this year, it’s probably better if they’re separate experiences.
To get a ‘core’ shooting experience using Kinect, I’d imagine it would use both the Kinect and the standard Xbox 360 controller. But that’s all speculation. We’ll probably have to wait till E3 to find out more.
Wonder how your participation in the Gears of War 3 beta will effect the title? Epic Games goes over exactly what information they collect, including weapon damage, where players are dying most, how they’re dying and more.
You also get to hear some talks about exactly what kind of feel they were shooting for with Gears of War 3, and how it’s improved over the past two titles. And don’t forget about the talks about polish. Lots and lots of polish, which is no surprise since the title was scheduled to be done by this month but was delayed for marketing reasons.
The beta starts April 25th for those who pre-order Gears of War 3 at GameStop in North America. Europeans can get access via pre-order at GAME or Gamestation. Those who purchased Bullet Storm will have access starting April 18th.
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For the last half a decade the console wars haven’t really budged. The Wii has remained on top, the 360 stayed in second place, and the PS3 in third. Over the years though, the PlayStation 3 started closing the gap between itself and the 360. According to Strategy Analytics, as of the end of 2010 the PlayStation 3 is now officially number two in the world, beating the 360 out with 43.4 million units, compared to the 360’s 42.9 million units. Nintendo still leads with a whopping 75.5 million units sold.
The PlayStation 3 does have advantage though. Microsoft’s consoles have never been popular in the Asian regions, the 360 is no exception. While the market isn’t as large as North America and Europe, it still has given Sony a boost. Strategy Analytics expects the PlayStation 3 to remain in the number two spot throughout 2011.
Look at how happy the PS3 is with his little flag. Victory for it.
(Source: Gamasutra via VG247)
To promote the new Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. Solid State Society movie coming out in Japan, Kamakura-based developer, Kayac, have used Kinect and some projections to immerse people in the world of Ghost in the Shell. They recreate the world of Stand Alone Complex through the projections and use your motions to control a game where you are supporting a Tachikoma mech.
It’s super cool, but it is only available in Japan. It’s a bit disappointing as Ghost in the Shell is one of my favorite anime series. If you happen to be there right now, you can check it out in Shibuya Parco from 3/24 to 4/19.
It feels like this console cycle could go on forever, but all things must come to an end. But when our consoles be pushed out the window? Square-Enix thinks fairly soon, as they are planning on a new Canadian studio that will staff at least one hundred people. Why the sudden opening of a new team? Eidos’ Stephane d’Astrous has the answer.
“The new consoles from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo will require more attention and more staff. We want to prepare ourselves.” This new studio is currently just in the planning phases, but Square-Enix hopes to have it up and running by next year.
With E3 on the horizon, we have to start asking if any of the big three will, at least, tease their new consoles. My guess is that we’ll have to wait until 2012 to hear anything, as Nintendo and Sony are focused on the handheld market. And hopefully in Microsoft’s case, they’ll have some software for the Xbox 360, which has been lacking outside of multiplatform releases so far this year.
It’s been awhile since Xbox Live has gotten a substantial update in terms of Xbox Live and new services. But the wait for something new may not be that much longer as tech site ZDNet reports that Microsoft is working to bring Mediaroom IPTV to the Xbox 360.
Adding Mediaroom to Xbox 360 would essentially bring on demand content, live television programming, and other applications to the Xbox 360. This would all be, of course, given the 360 tweak, implementing avatars, Kinect support, and more.
According to ZDNet’s source, Microsoft is shooting for a holiday 2011 release for the service.
Apparently Microsoft thinks they can make some more money off of their Xbox Live Arcade games if they put them on a disc. They are putting out a bundle that includes 3 of the best XBLA exclusive games from the past couple of years with Limbo, Splosion Man, and Trials HD. This is also good news for all of the kids out there that just don’t have the ability to buy games online can get at these 3 fantastic little games at the price of 30 dollars.
Looking at Kinect’s line up, there really isn’t much to be excited about right now, and pretty much the same is true for the next few months. Many are asking, where are the core games?
Microsoft’s Kevin Unagst says, “there are many [hardcore games] coming.” There are already a handful of titles set this year, including Forza 4, Child of Eden, Star Wars Kinect, and possibly Code Name D. Even so, there doesn’t seem to be much in the foreseeable future.
“We’re not even a hundred days since we launched Kinect yet. It was very intentional with Kinect to go out and deliver blockbusters like Kinect Sports and Dance Central – games that resonated with a broader audience.”
We will have to wait and see if anything cool shows up at E3.
While Microsoft may have been intent on never letting Milo surface, those behind the team seemed determined. Unfortunately, the wallet has the final call, and Milo was canceled. But not all is lost!
The title’s director, John Dower, learned a lot from the experience. After the jump you can find a development diary talking about the behind the scenes action of Milo’s Development and techniques he had to implement to give the sense that Milo was a living, breathing person. If you’re not into the whole development side of things, you might be interested to see that there is a bunch of never before seen footage.
Continue reading Take an In-Depth Look at Lionhead’s Canceled Milo
We have known that Microsoft and Epic’s latest bro-tastic shooter would be coming out around the fall for some time now, but now we have a solid date. The next installment in Epic’s Gears of War series will be coming out on September 2oth. I am sure if you have played or even seen someone play a little of Gears of War you know whether it’s for you or not. I personally am excited as it’s one of my favorite shooter series out currently.
Anyone else excited for the continued battle against the Locusts?