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

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Posted by BradNicholson (1556 posts) -

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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#1 Posted by BradNicholson (1556 posts) -

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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#2 Posted by TheYear20XX (443 posts) -

Damn, this was an interesting concept too.

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#3 Edited by The_Laughing_Man (13807 posts) -

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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#4 Posted by subyman (726 posts) -

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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#5 Posted by FritzDude (2316 posts) -

Poor Milo.

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#6 Posted by Vaancor (258 posts) -

Darn shame but figured it wouldn't make it.

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#7 Posted by Cubic (174 posts) -

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

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#8 Posted by VicRattlehead (1417 posts) -

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

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#9 Posted by baggykins (871 posts) -

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

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#10 Posted by Hosstile17 (840 posts) -

I sure hope Kate comes back.

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#11 Posted by Conformunist (105 posts) -

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

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#12 Posted by Stinky2 (31 posts) -

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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#13 Posted by jonnyboy (2867 posts) -

Gary Glitter just canceled his Pre-order.

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#14 Posted by Disgaeamad (1404 posts) -

Milo recieved too much child abuse.

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#15 Posted by xyzygy (10595 posts) -

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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#16 Posted by sizu (443 posts) -

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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#17 Posted by deactivated-5865c6a5c9438 (544 posts) -

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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#18 Posted by MisterMouse (3603 posts) -

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

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#19 Posted by ch3burashka (6087 posts) -

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

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#20 Posted by Genjai (311 posts) -
@blaakmawf said:
" NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! "
My thoughts exactly.
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#21 Posted by Jayross (2647 posts) -

This is the third time this has happened, right?

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#22 Posted by LordAndrew (14601 posts) -

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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#23 Posted by slowbird (1911 posts) -

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

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#24 Posted by drewbs (2795 posts) -

He was too young to die!

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#25 Posted by 34wsdfsdfwe (166 posts) -

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

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#26 Posted by Spiritof (2341 posts) -

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

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#27 Posted by MattBosten (514 posts) -

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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#29 Edited by DukeTogo (1516 posts) -
@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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#30 Posted by MeierTheRed (5466 posts) -

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

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#31 Posted by Woodwater (91 posts) -

"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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#32 Posted by TheMoD (129 posts) -

I'm pretty sure it was fake all along

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#33 Posted by Milkman (18987 posts) -

It never really seemed like a real game anyway.

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#34 Posted by DXmagma (341 posts) -

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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#35 Posted by NekuCTR (1712 posts) -

Awww, no funny exploitative videos. :(

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#36 Posted by EpicVandal (94 posts) -

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

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#37 Posted by ApolloBob (577 posts) -

M' balls.

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#38 Posted by JazzyJeff (484 posts) -
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#39 Posted by LordAndrew (14601 posts) -
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#40 Posted by dagas (3550 posts) -

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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#41 Posted by bummey (694 posts) -
@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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#42 Posted by JazzyJeff (484 posts) -
@LordAndrew:  I stand corrected. :)
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#43 Posted by RE_Player1 (8016 posts) -
@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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#44 Posted by Landon (4137 posts) -

So many jokes...wasted.

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#45 Posted by zityz (2366 posts) -

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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#46 Posted by Zicdab (389 posts) -

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

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#47 Posted by kelbear (536 posts) -

Wow, Kate looks so real! 
 
:P

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#48 Posted by Phished0ne (2820 posts) -
@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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#49 Posted by MrKlorox (11145 posts) -

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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#50 Posted by LiquidPrince (16897 posts) -

I believe a big whoop is in order.

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