Epic's Cliff Bleszinski has said Project Natal won't be replacing our traditional gaming habits, but it does help "expand" our experiences with games and "enhance" them.
The studio bigwig commented the "whole system works amazingly well" and he particularly liked driving with it, "it's incredibly crisp and accurate." Microsoft "very smart" chasing Wii Fit.
"If there's any future Gears products," said Bleszinski, before coughing elaborately on Major Nelson's , "it's not the kind of thing you tag onto a game like that, right?"
"Microsoft is very smart to go after this kind of Wii Fit type market. My mum this Christmas asked for a Wii and a Wii Fit and she doesn't play games at all, and I'm like, 'Damn you Nintendo!', but that's cool, right, that she's playing games she wouldn't have normally played."
The Xbox 360 has captured a lot of the video viewing audience he notes, "...movies and Netflix, it's captured a lot of the online gaming, it's captured a lot of the hardcore games, and you know segue that in, so now you have your yoga programme, now you have your dodgeball thing, you have the creepy kid Milo who wants to drown you in the pond - you can do all of it."
"And I'm a fan of... the whole system works amazingly well, they brought it out a few weeks before E3 to give us a peek at it. The driving, you just put your hands forward and steer, and it's... I don't feel any lag with it, it's incredibly crisp and accurate."
"Will it replace traditional gaming? No, but it's another amazing way that we can expand the gaming experience to a wider audience and enhance what's already there," added Bleszinski. Meanwhile Gears of War fans can look forward to some juicy info on the movie at Comic-Con.
"They're doing a bang-up job on it so far and my fingers are crossed that we're going to hopefully make the first damn good videogame film." We're all hoping that, Cliff.
Bleszinski: Natal won't usurp traditional gaming, "works amazingly"
21 July 2009 | By Simon Priest