I spent two whole minutes on that headline. Sorry, what? Oh, news… of course. Well, according to a press release I received from the ever-efficient PR machine at Microsoft, Kinect is going to be hitting Japan pretty hard.
They have, at the Tokyo Game Show, announced a list of “five immersive, exclusive Kinect for Xbox 360 games”. The list includes things we’ve heard of before like Codename D from Grasshopper Manufacture and Steel Battalion Heavy Armor from Capcom. There are a couple of new titles on there though, including Rise of Nightmares from Sega which looks set to be a kind of horror-adventure game. That might disprove the doubters that say Kinect is just for kids/families/people who like ponies.
Rounding out the list is the “spooky fun” title Haunt from NanaOn-Sha which is a mystery game for the family and Project Draco. My first thought on hearing that final title was that we’re getting some sort of dragon-flying game and, sure enough, it’s billed as an epic 3D flying shooter from the director of Panzer Dragoon.
So it would seem that not only do Microsoft think that Japanese developers can help them further drive their influence in Japan but also that Kinect has the potential to really do well in the East.