A premature article by Fortune on the Hololens was pulled, but a quick Reddit user captured the article. The story revealed some interesting facts about Microsoft's upcoming augmented reality device.
Firstly, it seems the dev kit costs $3000 and comes with three launch titles for the device, including Young Conker, Fragments and RoboRaid. This represents the first time Rare's flagship character has appeared since being teased on Project Spark before the game editor went free-to-play.
It seems that Young Conker will be a platformer based on the objects in the player's room. "It is amazing how different the play experience feels based on playing the game in your living room versus your kitchen or your bedroom. Even starting the game from a different position in a single room creates an entirely new gameplay dynamic," stated Microsoft VP Kudo Tsunoda in the article.
Fragments, by developer Asobo Studios, is a crime drama in which players interact with the characters. According to Tsunoda, “As a holographic platform highlight, Fragments demonstrates how creators can build characters and storylines that drive a higher level of emotional engagement and attachment than you can with any other medium.” Meanwhile, RoboRaid was formerly titled "Project X-Ray" and had gamers shooting at robots with a virtual laser pistol.
HoloLens will come with non-gaming apps as well, including a special version of Skype and HoloTour, which allows players to explore real-life locations like Rome and Machu Pichu with 360 degree panoramic displays.
The device is expected to be released for Windows 10 and Xbox One. Stay tuned for new info when whatever embargo that forced the article off Fortune's website is lifted.
UPDATE: A new video showing off Young Conker has been revealed.