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Sources Say Lionhead's Milo (And Kate) Has Been Scrapped

At least the tech will supposedly be used in an upcoming Fable game.

If a source close to Lionhead Studios has it right, then you'll have to find a real little boy to squash snails with instead of Milo and Kate's digital little kid. The Kinect research and development project headed up by visionary designer Peter Molyneux has purportedly been scrapped, according to a Eurogamer report, and as a sad result, 19 contractors have possibly been let go from the Guildford, UK-based studio. 

The same source believes that the tech birthed from the Milo project won't go to waste. Instead, it will be used in an unannounced "Fable-themed Kinect game," the source has said.  
 

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Milo and Kate (or Project Milo, if you'd like) first appeared at E3 2009. Doubts that the project would ever become a real game followed the presentation, because, frankly, the child-interaction project seemingly didn't have the framework of an actual game. Microsoft and Lionhead launched something of a mini-PR campaign rather recently this June, confirming that the title (or project, or demo, or whatever) was still in development, though was not in fact guaranteed to become a real game.

Milo later made a splash at TEDGlobal in July in its first public appearance since E3 2009. Molyneux wooed the audience with a similar multi-environment demo that teased the fact that Milo's AI had some sort of ability to learn and adapt based on the player's interactions with him. Crushing snails, for example, would make Milo feel sad, but I suppose he'd get used to it if we made him do it enough. Unfortunate as it is, it appears as if we won't get the chance to see just how far we could push him down that dark, dark road.
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Posted By BradNicholson

If a source close to Lionhead Studios has it right, then you'll have to find a real little boy to squash snails with instead of Milo and Kate's digital little kid. The Kinect research and development project headed up by visionary designer Peter Molyneux has purportedly been scrapped, according to a Eurogamer report, and as a sad result, 19 contractors have possibly been let go from the Guildford, UK-based studio. 

The same source believes that the tech birthed from the Milo project won't go to waste. Instead, it will be used in an unannounced "Fable-themed Kinect game," the source has said.  
 

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Milo and Kate (or Project Milo, if you'd like) first appeared at E3 2009. Doubts that the project would ever become a real game followed the presentation, because, frankly, the child-interaction project seemingly didn't have the framework of an actual game. Microsoft and Lionhead launched something of a mini-PR campaign rather recently this June, confirming that the title (or project, or demo, or whatever) was still in development, though was not in fact guaranteed to become a real game.

Milo later made a splash at TEDGlobal in July in its first public appearance since E3 2009. Molyneux wooed the audience with a similar multi-environment demo that teased the fact that Milo's AI had some sort of ability to learn and adapt based on the player's interactions with him. Crushing snails, for example, would make Milo feel sad, but I suppose he'd get used to it if we made him do it enough. Unfortunate as it is, it appears as if we won't get the chance to see just how far we could push him down that dark, dark road.
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Posted By TheYear20XX

Damn, this was an interesting concept too.

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Edited By The_Laughing_Man

Maybe because the tech demo of it was fake? I do not think they ever intended to release it to the public. 

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Posted By subyman

I didn't expect it to be a full game.  I believe they said months ago that the tech is there but Milo was just a tech demo.

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Posted By FritzDude

Poor Milo.

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Posted By Vaancor

Darn shame but figured it wouldn't make it.

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Posted By Cubic

I can't wait for the Fable: Emote Minigame Collection. 
Can't wait.

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Posted By VicRattlehead

good... you'd think they'd learn something from the terminator movies

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Posted By baggykins

I expected lots of youtube videos of Milo glitching, now nothing?

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Posted By Hosstile17

I sure hope Kate comes back.

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Posted By Conformunist

The blame rests squarely on the shoulders of Milo's soul-freezing creepiness.

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Posted By Stinky2

called it! 
as noting there was no game in it as well as the concept they were working on would rely more strongly on AI than peripherals.

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Posted By jonnyboy

Gary Glitter just canceled his Pre-order.

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Posted By Disgaeamad

Milo recieved too much child abuse.

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Posted By xyzygy

Who's Kate? 
 
I think this was pretty much inevitable. Milo was most likely meant to be a learning experience for Lionhead and they'll use what they learned in their next game.

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Posted By sizu

Expected. 
 
A tech demo to help develop their systems with Natal.  It was interesting to see, and watch but it didn't represent anything I would want to play. 

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Posted By blaakmawf

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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Posted By MisterMouse

yeah that is interesting that it was only in June that there was information about this.

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Posted By ch3burashka

I didn't think they'd kill Kate as well. 
 
Kate 
2009-2010 
RIP

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Posted By Genjai
@blaakmawf said:
" NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! "
My thoughts exactly.
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Posted By Jayross

This is the third time this has happened, right?

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Posted By LordAndrew

I hope this isn't true. I was really looking forward to abusing Milo, or whatever it is you're supposed to do in the game.

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Posted By slowbird

they missed out by not making it feature an attractive 20-year-old lady instead of a boy.

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Posted By Drewbs

He was too young to die!

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Posted By 34wsdfsdfwe

It's hardly news that Molyneux does not deliver on promises.
 

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Posted By Spiritof

Standing in front of my Kinect, while naked, is now, and forever, fruitless.

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Posted By MattBosten

Here's hoping they reference the 'death' of Milo in Fable 3. Maybe have a named corpse hanging from a tree?

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Edited By DukeTogo
@jonnyboy said:

" Gary Glitter just canceled his Pre-order. "

Wow, with the passing of Michael Jackson we're left with Gary Glitter as the go-to celeb for pederast humor.
 
I'm sure Japan will embrace this technology with dozens of games involving molestation of girls, so the spirit of Milo will live on.
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Posted By MeierTheRed

So they terminated Kate, i feel sad for here parents.

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Posted By Woodwater

"Peter...Do you want me to errr..." 
 
"No no...I'll do it...It should be me."  *starts drawing a picture of a gun*
 
"Allright. I'll just take him out back for you...he'll be there waiting."

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Posted By TheMoD

I'm pretty sure it was fake all along

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Posted By Milkman

It never really seemed like a real game anyway.

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Posted By DXmagma

next week's news: "milo and kate continued production."
 week after that's news: Z"milo scrapped for good."
 
my response to all: "does anyone fucking care?"

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Posted By NekuCTR

Awww, no funny exploitative videos. :(

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Posted By EpicVandal

Send Kate to my place, i'll keep her busy for a good bit.

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Posted By ApolloBob

M' balls.

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Posted By JazzyJeff
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Posted By LordAndrew
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Posted By dagas

Milo was for Kinect what Afrika was for the PS3. Now what bad game will I associate with Kinect? Speaking of which, Sony should probably have scrapped Afrika.

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Posted By Bummey
@dagas said:
" Milo was for Kinect what Afrika was for the PS3. Now what bad game will I associate with Kinect? Speaking of which, Sony should probably have scrapped Afrika. "
 
I like Afrika :(
 
Milo was always really creepy, though.
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Posted By JazzyJeff
@LordAndrew:  I stand corrected. :)
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Posted By RE_Player1
@dagas said:
" Milo was for Kinect what Afrika was for the PS3. Now what bad game will I associate with Kinect? Speaking of which, Sony should probably have scrapped Afrika. "
That's a good comparison. Remember how many people were blown away by Afrika :P 
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Posted By Landon

So many jokes...wasted.

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Posted By zityz

Meanwhile: Randy Pitchford is somewhere rubbing his hands with excitement as he picks up the telephone to call Lionhead Studios as we speak...

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Posted By Zicdab

Not surprised.  On another note, does anyone remember which bombcast they were making fun of the Milo project?

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Posted By kelbear

Wow, Kate looks so real! 
 
:P

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Posted By Phished0ne
@EpicVandal:   Just so you know, Kate was the name of his dog.....so unless your talking about playing frisbee or fetch...
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Posted By MrKlorox

More Fable? Fuck that shit. I'd rather have a new Black & White. The Milo/Kate interaction fits that game so much more closely anyway since that's what inspired it in the first place.

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Posted By LiquidPrince

I believe a big whoop is in order.