Ghost Recon: Future Soldier armed with Kinect

Box art for Ubisoft's upcoming modern military tactical shooter prominently boasts compatibility with Xbox 360's motion-sensing add-on.

Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier has been delayed a handful of times since it was first introduced in January 2009. Now, one possible reason for at least one of those delays has emerged: Kinect functionality.

Hands-free operation fits the military's MO.

Microsoft has updated the game's Xbox.com gamespace with official box art for the modern-military tactical shooter, and prominently displayed at the top of that package is Kinect branding.

Speculation of Future Soldier's Kinect compatibility dates back to April 2010, when French gaming site JeuxVideo reported that the game will include a mode dedicated to the peripheral. According to those reports, the mode sees one player holding an Xbox 360 controller in one hand to control movement, while the other hand interfaces with Kinect.

Unfortunately, it will be some time before gamers learn how Future Soldier will incorporate the Xbox 360's camera-based motion-sensing add-on. Responding to GameSpot's request for clarification, Ubisoft declined to elaborate.

Though Microsoft has thus far struggled to release core games for Kinect, the publisher has recently signaled a greater emphasis on the market segment. Earlier this month, word emerged that Microsoft had opened a new studio in Vancouver that shifted its focus from casual gaming to a AAA, Kinect-enabled shooter. The publisher expects to triple the number of Kinect-enabled Xbox 360 games by year's end.

Following on from its most recent delay, Future Soldier is now expected to arrive for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, and DS during the first three months of 2012. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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68 comments
krlex
krlex

Why is everyone so "excited" about the Kinect "not capable" of doing things that you have no idea of the implementation coming up? I didn't read anywhere in the article that the movement of your finger will be detected directly by the camera, or that nothing else would be introduced to add buttons to the Kinect system. The fact that it can detect your body movement with the addition of a "gun like" controller (or simply the regular XBOX controller) while you stand, duck or whatever makes the concept very interesting. I own all 3 consoles and sometimes rent/buy the same game for all 3 to compare their implementation. So far, I am happier with XBOX360 for the majority. I am not a hardcore gamer, but a recreational enthusiast if you like. I am very interested in new technology in whatever field, and gaming caught my attention just recently since the introduction of the Wii concept of wireless controllers with movement detection. Now, this is a given for many people, but the real race in making this technology really appealing is where we are now. In the mean time, I will continue reading about the coming up stuff and trying out what's out there. Play along!

Bezee4u
Bezee4u

Kinect has been lovely so far and i can't wait for to play this with it.

gobbo00
gobbo00

Kinect only captures at 30fps, and the "bone" chip was removed. If the bone chip was in and it captured at 60fps...... get the picture?

thuban
thuban

@lion_man im with you on this one. first, again, before i get flamed, let me point out im not a fanboy in any way, i own a ps3 and 360, i also dont have kinect for the same reasons. (its just a novelty-for now anyway). my concerns in buyin it was also the same.. how on earth could you use a camera looking at ur whole body to ACCURATELY command ur on screen character. aside from the "wii60" sports" games it plays, i just dont see its success, unless they can introduce some sort of sensor, much like the psmove. having played socom4 and killzone3 both with move, i can say that the motion capture FFS concept CAN work, brand name asside. BUT, for kinect to work on any serious gamin, it just NEEDS buttons. and this is where the move DOES work. granted it does still have flaws. perhaps microsoft will create a move/wii controller to add to the Kinect system for a WORKING all included motion capture system. fingers crossed

Lion_man
Lion_man

The Kinect thing doesn't interest me what-so-ever. Don't flame me for it. But, I don't think the Kinect is able to detect finger movement. I don't own one, but if I'm wrong feel free to correct me in a mature way, And regardless, if it is Kinect compatible how will the game work? We already know getting behind an object won't work because the player would be out of the camera's sight. In all honesty, the Kinect-compatibility won't be optimal and may not even be worth the money and time. We'll just have to see what happens.

CFritzRun
CFritzRun

For all intents and purposes, the Kinect really is the most advanced motion controller to date. However, they will never be able to do most games until they release an equivalent to the PS3 nav controller. FPS games are simply impossible and, honestly, I'd rather not hold the 360 controller with one hand while simulating warfare. If people were destroying relationships and murdering family members with the Wii remote, just imagine how bad it would get with the 360 remote.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

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JJB03
JJB03

@pheonix985 i doubt that theres that much to worry about i mean as long as players who don't want to use the kinect to play then it still should'nt effect the game that dramatically im sure we can still look forward to an awesome TC game...just because the kinect addition might suck doesnt mean it has to drag the whole game down im guessing it will give them time to give the playstation move support also as the game is also out on that aswell

gobbo00
gobbo00

Please can I be able to use the kinect to t-bag online.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

when I first heard that their was a AAA game that migh be kinect compatible I for some reason just knew it would be this game and plus this might work, so I'm looking forward to this even more now.

sexyweapons
sexyweapons

Yes,I can finally play an Awsome game on my new shiny Kinect!

Pheonix985
Pheonix985

Don't be so quick to try out new possibilities. Though the Kinect is a great system, it still has plenty of bugs to fix. To place this in a Tom Clancy game could be the breaking point for the series that has made many great titles. Kind of like 3D features. It is a great system, but it still has a long way before it becomes perfected to where I don't have chronic migranes from watching. Be careful with this game, it sounds great, so don't be in a rush to mess it up.

fattass21
fattass21

hmmm, i was going to buy it, i do wish it was a tactical shooter, but right now im also a third and first person shooter. so i wont pass up what looks like a good game just because it lost its core gameplay i have been waiting to try out the kinect on something like this. i work hard, so i deserve to play what i like. XD

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

This will be interesting to see if this type of game can work well with kinect. If people will buying into a kinect enabled Ghost Recon future soldier. I just don't believe that it will be successful. But we shall see.

LondonGamer986
LondonGamer986

lol, Will you have to shout 'SHOOT' when you want the gun to fire? Can't see how this will work.

IceJester45
IceJester45

Interesting. However, I lost interest in the Ghost Recon franchise when it stopped being a tactical shooter franchise. I had no plans to buy Future Soldier, and the Kinect announcement does little to change that. Besides, if a game offers traditional controls and motion control options, I typically go with the traditional control setup, anyway. I want Kinect-specific games, not regular games with Kinect compatibility.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Still not feeling the whole kinect thing.. It needs better games yeah, but if that means standing up and jumping around to play an over-the-shoulder shooter I seriously can't be bothered. It's like their plans with Gears of War. Microsoft need to make something completely new for kinect (think heavy rain style). Not just use old games and re-jig them for kinect. Without an actual gun in your hand it will just feel weird. I appreciate the need for innovation and grasping the whole motion control thing, but holding an imaginary gun will just be a tad odd.

theslimdavylp
theslimdavylp

Maaaaaannnn... I'll still give this game a look but I have a feeling it just went from Epic to Epic Fail :( I did fill out a recent survey on Xbox.com that asked me why I hadn't bought kinect yet... my answer was that the games are not in my interest... maybe this game will change my mind... we shall seeeee

Pete5506
Pete5506

Would really like to see something for this game, since its been delayed a few times

datniccah187
datniccah187

Seems like I've been waiting forever for this game to come out. Im sure they'll delay it til 12'. I just hope it's worth the wait. Ubisoft never let's me down though.

bluespire1
bluespire1

If this is the case why the delay the other console ports????

bluespire1
bluespire1

if this is the case why delay the Playstation 3 and PSP versions???

wazzmalo
wazzmalo

i just clicked this link just so i can write fail :D

mjajiyani
mjajiyani

i hope this Kinect features doesn't blowup every things because its not assign from beginning

PCR_DeeJay
PCR_DeeJay

will be an innovation to Shooters :)

TheHappyCamper
TheHappyCamper

Hurry up and finish implementing all the Kinect features and release it so I can play with my controller already.

gauty
gauty

Nw i feel lik buyin Knect :D, but.... naaaa ll pass :/ !

firehawk998
firehawk998

If Kinect is implemented properly for example using your hands to gesture commands or giving the AI voice commands then this game something I will look into.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

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malatato
malatato

If this is has bullet time feature and you can dodge them by making acrobatic idiocy I won't buy it

nimaazad
nimaazad

What about Assassins Creed Revelation ? I want to jump on my home's rooftop then nearest buliding !!

Dedaxys
Dedaxys

Damn. Really looking forward to this game.

Riprock
Riprock

If they keep the Kinect functionality very focused, it could add something. I am thinking along the lines of voice commands to your squad-mates, and perhaps leaning around corners for instance. There may be other things that could work as well. BUT it still has to overcome the delay issue. And you can never replace the controller for a AAA shooter. As for one hand on the controller and the other hand doing something else, I'm not sure... except possibly hand signals... sounds potentially awkward though... I'll have to see it to believe it.

Dasim64
Dasim64

They're going to have to get around the Kinect's one major flaw, the delayed reaction between player movement and on screen response. We have the Kinect and that's the main reason we don't use it very much. The delay is very noticeable and causes problems when playing games or moving through menus. In a shooter you simply can't afford to deal with that sort of action/reaction lag.

dallasanderson1
dallasanderson1

@daub11 doubt it mate, they been making this game for sooo long that it is sure to be like allan wake which was over rated and lost in the hype, and as for adding connect i would say lag and fail, dont get me wrong i love ghost recon mate i been hanging but for me i would say this is going down hill

daub11
daub11

it's about time that they finally came out with an awsome soldier game that you can play on the kinect. i think this game is going to be one of the best games for the kinect cause you can be the soldier and help out your team and get rid of the bad guys.

Dire_Weasel
Dire_Weasel

Oh, wow, now I still don't want to buy that gimmicky garbage!

Decessus
Decessus

This is actually the sort of thing that I've been waiting for ever since Kinect was announced. I'm very curious to see how a top publisher will incorporate motion technology into a core game such as this.I really hope they are able to pull it off because then it would hopefully encourage more game developers to experiment with the technology and hopefully we get some truly unique and innovative gameplay.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Could be interesting. Absolutely has to use a controller, but the Kinect would pick up nuances such as leaning to the left or right... behind cover sort of situation. Maybe that is more at home with Rainbow Six, though. Still, i'm interested.

salvucci91
salvucci91

Hmm, I look at this gameplay and it seems a bit chunky. I really like the sound of co-op though, especially 4-player co-op.

allanondelion
allanondelion

Curious how they plan on integrating Kinect...

collinmul
collinmul

if Kinect functionality is going to require some sort of separate input device (ie a controller) for hardcore games, then Microsoft needs to come out with a one-handed controller so that the set up isn't awkward. The regular 360 controller was *never* meant to be cradled in one hand!

Raxyman
Raxyman

And Tom Clancy's series have lost itself since RS Vegas, since then the games became "arcadified" that was one of my reasons i hated ubisoft. Now i'm just hoping they do it right, then i'll be happy.

megakick
megakick

Most likely announced because it is a actual accomplishment to program the game for XBOX 360 KINECT, I'm sure it will work with PS3 MOVE.