Gamescom is kicking off next week. And while it will most likely not be as big as E3, there is bound to be a lot of good stuff at the show. And contributing to that good stuff is Microsoft who has announced they are having a press conference at the show on Tuesday.
A Microsoft representative told VG247 that they have “a bunch of announcements” lined-up for the show. What kind of announcements? Hopefully good ones.
Both EA and Sony will also be having a press conference at the show, but Nintendo is skipping out this year. You can probably expect to see lots of Kinect and Move at the show.
I think a lot of people thought Milo was just a Kinect tech demo, myself included. That almost seemed true based on what Microsoft’s director of project management told Good Game last night.
Greenburg said “Last year we unveiled the Project Natal technology, we showed a bunch of technology demos as part of that. And obviously [Milo] is a technology demo that continues to exist, but right now it’s not a game that we’re planning to bring to market.”
This morning he corrected his statement “Project Milo absolutely continues in development at Lionhead Studios. It is just not a product we plan to bring to market this holiday. The team at Lionhead has always been a center of innovation and will continue to deliver against that charter.”
So yeah, he is still going and not just a tech demo. I’m still confused on how they can make him a marketable product. Make a deal with Ubisoft and call it Petz Humanz?
(Original quote: Kotaku)
(Second quote: Kotaku)
While Molyneux is most popular for his Fable series, he has developed a variety of titles in the past including the Black & White series. But we have yet to hear anything official about the series since the 2005 sequel.
While Molyneux doesn’t have anything to announce about Black & White today, he believes the title would fit kinetic well. ”The original Black & White — with the hand, reaching in and touching and stroking, you can really factor that with Kinect, and it could be really super cool.”
Unfortunately, we probably shouldn’t expect a Kinetic title in the series any time soon. Molyneux was quick to to say that it is just a thought he has, not a concrete plan. “The trouble with being a designer now is that there are way too many ideas than there is time to develop those ideas.”
At E3, almost everything we saw was casual software for Kinect. The few exceptions were the Star Wars title and Sonic Free Riders. They aren’t exactly the typical “core” titles, but they have their appeal to hardcore gamers.
Those looking for more hardcore experiences may want to keep an eye on SEGA’s offering for the platform. SEGA confirmed that they have a hardcore title in development for Kinect and that it will be ready some time late 2011 or early 2012.
SEGA says the current lack of hardcore content on Kinect is largely because of the limited time developers have had with Kinect development kits, and how much the kits have changed since the original kits shipment.
Microsoft didn’t come out and announce Kinect’s price point at E3, but it seems retailers may be onto something. Joystiq found that Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and GameStop all list Kinect as $150.
Microsoft’s Aaron Greenburg commented on his twitter saying that the price is purely speculation. But when four retailers are all listing the same price, you wonder if they know something we don’t.