Microsoft's TGS 2010 press conference wasn't without its share of surprises. The publisher unveiled a smattering of Kinect-exclusive titles that are all being crafted by Japanese studios. In all, details were kept light on each announced title, but as Shacknews notes in its report, some big name developers, including Yukio Futatsugi, Goichi Suda, and Masaya Matsuura, will be behind some of the new stuff we'll see in the future.
In the interest of keeping you awake and alert through what would be a mound of text and names, here's a short list of the Kinect-exclusive, Microsoft-published titles:
Microsoft Games Studios is partnering with Grasshopper Manufacture to produce this weird action title. The debut trailer at the press conference featured a protagonist lighting a baseball on fire and throwing it at enemies in some sort of haunted amusement park. Also, there was a man wearing a tiger mask.
This is Yukio Futatsugi's Kinect-enabled title, which will have you babysitting and training a dragon until it develops the necessary skills to be a good combat buddy. Microsoft's PR bills it as more of an action title that stresses Xbox Live online battles, though given Futatsugi's involvement, many are excitedly viewing Draco as a spiritual successor to the Panzer Dragoon series.
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Being developed by NanaOn-Sha, this is a haunted house title looks to combine puzzle solving and trap avoidance. Here's the official word: "you’ll need every ounce of your wit and cunning if you hope to unravel the veil of rumors that hide its darkest secret. Dodge traps and outwit ghosts, ghouls and frights that lurk with glee around each and every corner."
Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor
Perhaps the most exciting of the bunch, this new Steel Battalion title won't require a massive, expensive controller (or any controller). You'll just need Kinect and your hands. Capcom and From Software are developing it, and though it's been announced, all the known details can be gleaned from the game's announcement trailer.
Rise of Nightmares
According to Microsoft, Sega's Rise of Nightmares will "offer a spine-tingling horror experience" that we'll be able to feel with our entire bodies. Whoa!
A few other titles were announced at the press conference as well, including an XBLA remake of Radiant Silvergun. As previously reported, it'll feature online co-op and better visuals and the ability to make eBay sellers cry. Fire Pro Wrestling by Spike, pictured just below, was announced, too. It'll feature our avatars as our wrestlers, but the game as a whole is being kept fairly under wraps.
That's quite a bit of stuff. Is there anything in particular you're looking forward to? I've got a animal training itch that Pokemon hasn't scratched for me in years, so I'm definitely looking forward to Project Draco. Don't make fun of me.