Microsoft Announces Tons of Partnerships, Kinect Games At TGS

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Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

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:

Codename D
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. 
 

 

Project Draco
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.
 


== TEASER ==Haunt
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.
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

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:

Codename D
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. 
 

 

Project Draco
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.
 


== TEASER ==Haunt
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.
#2 Posted by fedorajay (405 posts) -

Still can't get one until I read player reviews on this new tech.

#3 Posted by MementoMori (189 posts) -

 Oh I've been trying months to get that :)

#4 Posted by Hosstile17 (767 posts) -

Fire Pro coming back should be pretty cool!

#5 Posted by fwylo (3556 posts) -
@MementoMori said:
" jkljklj "
Your shit is weak.
#6 Posted by ShartyMcFly (5 posts) -

Is fire pro a Kinect game or just XBLA?

#7 Posted by fedorajay (405 posts) -
@MementoMori said:
" jkljklj "
Is this really the extremes people go just to complete that quest? I wrote a coherent and on-topic sentence for mine. Sheesh.
#8 Posted by xyzygy (10030 posts) -

These Kinect games actually look sweet. Excited for everything here except that wrestling game.  
 
I might actually have to get a Kinect. Developers are putting a lot of thought into the games.

#9 Posted by Jeffk38uk (716 posts) -

These are the kind of games that would make me much more interested in Kinect, especially Steel Batallion. The only thing is we never really got to see how any of them work, but will be very interesting to see in the coming months.

#10 Posted by teh_pwnzorer (1482 posts) -

   
Enjoy the worst controls in the history of computer-human interaction. 

#11 Posted by PeasForFees (2411 posts) -
@teh_pwnzorer: Ooh sign me up.
#12 Posted by scarace360 (4828 posts) -

WHY WHY NOT A REGULAR CONTROLLER!

#13 Posted by Sammo21 (3366 posts) -

Imagine exactly how awesom...er turn based, androgynous male starring, RPGs will be when you can set on your couch and just wave your hand to fight.  BRILLIANT!

#14 Posted by Boom_goes_the_dynamite (734 posts) -

I do wonder how any of these games will play given that Kinect already doesn't seem the most responsive.

#15 Edited by DukeTogo (1504 posts) -
Project Draco

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.


This sounds like a re-imagining of PD Zwei.  Possibly the sole reason I'm even remotely interested in a Kinect now.
 
Does that Rise of Nightmares title remind you of another game York?
#16 Posted by MAN_FLANNEL (2462 posts) -

Wow, Kinect might not be a giant piece of crap.  Those games seemed pretty cool. 

#17 Edited by Steve_C (1756 posts) -

It seemed pretty impressive seeing some of the creators and old titles they're bringing back for this. At the end of the day though, they're still kinect games. We'll have to see how deep these games actually are.

#18 Posted by Milkman (17028 posts) -

Not going to lie, that wrestling game is probably the most exciting thing to me.

#19 Posted by xyzygy (10030 posts) -
@teh_pwnzorer: As you can see from that video they were swapping players.You need to scan yourself with Kinect to measure your body size and the length of your arms, etc before you can accurately play a game. Swapping players will screw the whole thing up.
#20 Posted by cartoons4andy (18 posts) -

Now this is more like it - video games on the Kinect!  I guess well will have to start paying attention to it next year.

#21 Posted by ProfessorEss (7450 posts) -
@teh_pwnzorer said:   

Enjoy the worst controls in the history of computer-human interaction.

Personally I feel the WiiMote already bottomed things out as far as controls go. So even if I scored Kinect's controls 0/10, that'll still be within the status quo of motion controls as far as I'm concerned.
#22 Posted by Sanitysend (82 posts) -

Hey some kinect titles that seem more interesting than petting a virtual cat!

#23 Edited by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

For real? MS is finaly allowing the avatars to hurt eachother/get hurt?
 
And FYI Kinect IS a controller. So Steel Battalion is in a similar situation as before. Except that there are other games that will use the controller.
 
How has the Japanese public reaction been to Kinect? Do they think it's garbage just because it's for the 360? Even the American public has been against it because of their complete and total lack of imagination.
 
edit: Also Project Draco seems more like Seaman than Panzer Dragoon. At least early on.

#24 Posted by fedorajay (405 posts) -
@DukeTogo said:
" Does that Rise of Nightmares title remind you of another game York? "
Zach, Is that you?
#25 Posted by LordKorax (278 posts) -

Damn. I was hoping that Tiger mask was actually Skittles going berserk on the player.

#26 Posted by Shuborno (938 posts) -

Very impressive showing. This is what Microsoft needed at E3. I'm not personally excited for these until I hear details, but these Kinect titles are legit games aimed at the current 360 audience. 
 
My only worry is that Japanese studios often expect gamers to put up with more obtuse control schemes than Western-developed games so there might be some element of fighting the controls even with Kinect for these titles.

#27 Posted by TheMasterDS (2083 posts) -

This sounds like a really solid line up for Japan. I hope they're into it, because it sounds perfect for them.

#28 Posted by Piranesi (452 posts) -

Steel Battalion + Kinect = happy, happy, joy, joy
#29 Posted by get2sammyb (6412 posts) -

The games sound fine for sure; but how will they play? I mean, I can't imagine what I'll actually be doing in some of them?

#30 Posted by Kefkaesque (200 posts) -

Real Games, on your Kinect?
 
It's more likely than you think!

#31 Posted by Vormitag (8 posts) -

I choose you, Dragonchu

#32 Posted by MisterMouse (3560 posts) -

It will be interesting to see how these games play.

#33 Posted by Karmann (622 posts) -

...all I have to say is, meh.

#34 Posted by journeys (19 posts) -

Folks don't get ahead of yourselves.  This was a trailer...it did not show how kinect was being used to control the game.  What did Kinect add to the game?  As of right now they have not shown anything.

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#35 Posted by ManlyBeast (1159 posts) -

good for people that care for kinect I guess.

#36 Posted by ___pocalypse (561 posts) -

I wasn't all that interested in Kinect before, but these games could end up being worth getting it.  We'll see how they develop! Not gonna lie, I totally want a dragon.

#37 Posted by Battletoad (130 posts) -

Announce a game that will either be later revealed to be an official Panzer Dragoon game, or one so close in character design that it might as well be, and I buy your system. I'm really easy to please like that. 
 
Panzer Dragoon, Zwei, and Orta are already on rails, no navigation controller-type setup required. The lock-on shooting mechanics would work just fine, as Child of Eden shows. Moving the dragon from side to side could only require leaning in the appropriate direction. Rotating the camera view should be easy enough with gestures.  
 
This seems like a perfect fit for where Kinect's controls stand at the present time. 
 
#38 Posted by xyzygy (10030 posts) -
@journeys said:
" Folks don't get ahead of yourselves.  This was a trailer...it did not show how kinect was being used to control the game.  What did Kinect add to the game?  As of right now they have not shown anything. "
We're just excited to see games like Draco (Panzer Dragoon) and Steel Battalion actually coming back. Sure we don't know what the gameplay will be like but does that mean we can't be excited for the fact that these franchises are coming back?
#39 Posted by Nibi (19 posts) -

Really excited by what I saw. Nice lineup for the core audience and some solid title for Kinect. 

#40 Posted by Battletoad (130 posts) -

Im very skeptical of Steel Battalion on Kinect. Take a game that required 40+ buttons to operate, put it on a system that cannot detect individual fingers or even wrist movement? Seems like it would have to be drastically simplified to work, which kind of defeats the purpose of calling it Steel Battalion in the first place. Definitely a wait and see title for me.
#41 Posted by salad10203 (654 posts) -

Optimistic Me - Suprising line up semi-hardcore games.
Pessimistic Me - It will never work with motion controls.

#42 Posted by Orestes (39 posts) -

i am slighty optimistic when it comes to kinect. 
i have some faith that someone smarter than me will find some good use for this device. 

#43 Posted by xyzygy (10030 posts) -
@salad10203: Steel Battalion is only semi-hardcore? lol
#44 Posted by Tordah (2480 posts) -

Can't really comment on any of those titles without seeing any gameplay first. 
 
None of them are sequels, so that's a good thing, I hope.

#45 Posted by salad10203 (654 posts) -
@xyzygy:  It definitely is hardcore, but I think it is too niche.  I would've been happier with a hardcore fps, rpg, or any other genre besides mechs to be honest.  But I guess your right, it still does classify as hardcore. 
#46 Posted by Feser (543 posts) -

Does anyone else find it odd that Japannese studio is making a World War 2 style game where you defend the American Homeland from an evil invasion? It's like a US company making a game where you are Ace pilot defending your home of Hamburg from US strategic bombing in WW2.
#47 Posted by Akeldama (4253 posts) -

Good luck aiming and firing weapons on Natal.

#48 Posted by xyzygy (10030 posts) -
@Akeldama said:
" Good luck aiming and firing weapons on Natal. "
It's called a cursor, and it's been proven to work in Child of Eden. 
#49 Edited by Akeldama (4253 posts) -
@xyzygy said:

" @Akeldama said:

" Good luck aiming and firing weapons on Natal. "
It's called a cursor, and it's been proven to work in Child of Eden.  "
If I werent a lazy slob, I would have made a GIF of Kevin Butler with his gun hands. How is a cursor gonna help you with the actual firing? How will you be able to accurately and reliably tell your system you are firing?  
 
Pew pew pew.
#50 Posted by HY8RiD (22 posts) -
@Akeldama: Haha Agreed.

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