Kinect Gears of War an on-rails shooter?

Unnamed source says franchise's motion control entry to be a guided experience; early development shot apparently leaked.

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Source: Gaming blog Kotaku.

What we heard: Since Microsoft's full-body gesture-recognition technology Kinect was released in November, it has walloped sales expectations and welcomed an array of well-reviewed titles like Dance Central and Kinectimals. Now, it appears Microsoft is readying the first hardcore entry for the new tech.

An early development shot of Gears of War for the Kinect? Image credit: Kotaku

According to Kotaku's source--who claims to be familiar with the title--a Gears of War for the Kinect is in development as an on-rails shooter. Details provided to Kotaku say the Gears of War Kinect game will, at least in part, use assets from 2008's Gears of War 2.

Additionally, the source provided the blog a screenshot (at right) of the Gears of War Kinect title. It shows protagonist Marcus Fenix and a developer mirroring the hand gesture associated with speaking with Anya, the Delta dispatch officer from the franchise.

However, the image purportedly stems from an "older concept demo" for the Gears of War Kinect title and may not be emblematic of the final product.

In December, Microsoft announced it had canned Epic Games' Gears of War announcement for the 2010 Video Game Awards and postponed it to later this year. That unveiling was rumored to be a Gears of War Kinect title. And last month, Epic Games trademarked Gears of War: Exile, a possible title for the Gears of War spin-off.

The official story: A Microsoft representative told GameSpot, "We do not comment on rumor or speculation." And Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski offered a tongue-in-cheek response to the rumor.

"I'd comment on that Kotaku Kinect rumor that just hit, but I can't find the article in their new confounding layout. Oh well!" he wrote on Twitter.

Bogus or not bogus?: Microsoft has time and again promised to satisfy the hardcore gaming community with the Kinect. Outside of the Halo franchise, the Gears of War brand is arguably Microsoft's biggest and is certainly a Kinect possibility. The franchise is famous for its brutal hand-to-hand and foot-to-face combat, which are moves that could be replicated via the Kinect.

Discussion

212 comments
killer690
killer690

@randhawa187 yeah, you got me.

randhawa187
randhawa187

@killer690 Your a clown haha, if you dont wanna experience the best technology out there, stop playin video games and play with yourself more. CLOWN, your a HATER haha. I hate people like you, you complain cuz your poor and your probably poor cuz you complain.

randhawa187
randhawa187

why is everyone on game spot so angry and poor? I got 3 xboxs, one kinect, and a ps3. so get laid and get a job, and get it. TRUST ME, you dont avoid kinect because you choose to, you do it cuz you cant afford it. If you could, you woutld have it all. So shut your fanboy "hardcore gamer" talk and get a job, and maybe get laid so your not all so angry, jeez. BUZZ KILL

grim0187
grim0187

@killer690 Allright, bro. We'll see when they start implementing it into hardcore titles. Youll shell out.

killer690
killer690

@grim0187 Nah, I think you can play with a tiger cub, though, ya know, it would be just the one time............ but until I see something that can't be done in real life without risking a tiger eating you, I'm kinect free.

grim0187
grim0187

@killer690 Check out the release window for Kinect titles. They got a haunted house type game coming out not to mention implementation into hardcore first party titles. Also, I dont think you can run up and play with a tiger cub in real life. :)

Owner34
Owner34

Id buy it, itd be so intense on Kinect.

killer690
killer690

@grim0187 oh man you don't have mountains in florida? Dude I feel sorry for you, maybe, when you can do something else besides "running" around you living room I'll buy it, but in the mean time, I won't spend any additional money in something I can do for real.

grim0187
grim0187

@killer690 Well, I feel sorry for you, man. We dont have mountains down here in Florida so its kinda of cool to be able to run by some in a video game. Point being, the Kinect can do some amazing stuff and with its implementation into more hardcore titles those without one will be missing out. You'll eventually buy it when you know you can do seperate side stories in a game like Gears of War or Halo that only Kinect users can access.

killer690
killer690

@grim0187 First of all Kudos on being a faithful husband, and I just don't agree, games and real life (even if it is a sucky life) must be kept apart, and right now I don't see why I would have to pay a great deal of money for a little device if I can do those things for real, maybe if they do something cool in the future I will consider it. Again it is a matter of how you see things I'd rather run out in the park or the mountains instead of my living room, it is innovative, but just doesn't catch my eye.

grim0187
grim0187

@killer690 Some people play games for escapism (if their life sucks) and others game because its a time burner and its a fun thing to do. Im the latter. Yes, I can run in real life (and often have to. comes with being a CO). Yes, I can go to a club and dance. (Im happily married BTW, so "with real girls" kind of hurts the relationship.) Thing is everyone has this misogomy of what they think gaming SHOULD or is SUPPOSED to be. They shun any innovation. Embrace it!

COLDFIRE25
COLDFIRE25

@TomBergman909 Stop being a troll. You clearly have no idea what both systems are capable of, your a fanboy and only follow PS3. You get internet for your PS, I have a laptop for that, not my GAMING system. You get movies on your PS, oh hey what do you know....XBL gets that too...And just like both systems, we get to play VIDEO GAMES on them. So, fail to you fanboy.

Auction_Sniper
Auction_Sniper

So it will play out like a light gun game without the plastic guns? Doesn't sound as satisfying without a trigger to pull.

killer690
killer690

@grim0187 I can't speak for the rest of the people who don't like kinect, but for me, it is not that I am afraid of change, change is always good, but when it comes to videogames, they are supposed to be that one place where you can forget about the reality that surrounds you, and when you "Dance" infront you your console, or "Run" a marathon infront of your console, seems to me like you are just living a reality right inside you living room, it is a great technological achievement, I'll give you that, and maybe controllers have been around for along time, but controllers are exactly what make a difference from gaming and living, cause as I said if I want to work out I go outside and actually run, cheaper too, and if I want to dance I go to a club, that way I can actually dance, with real girls too!!! That is why I don't like kinect, if you like it, well it's your money XD BTW sorry for such a long comment.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Gears Of The Dead - Extraction :?

smp13
smp13

So how will you 'pull the trigger' to shoot your gun? I'd like it if it was fancy enough to read plastic accessories; pull out an old plastic cap-gun/nerf/whatever and play with that.

monson21502
monson21502

@mad_krips, wrong kiddo... the point of move was to copy the wii and get easy sales... they have put almost no effort into it.. hince the almost no move only games.. and there is not a single ps3 game thats better while ising move, not mag, re5, or kz3. just tacked on motion controls is all that you will get because sony is too cheap and lazy to put some real time or money into it. thats why i wasnt gonna waste my money on move. i know how sony works:P the highlight of the move is to be able to point at the creen better then the wiimote. after that you still have to push a botton while thrusting ur arms to kick :wink: motion controls aint ment to be mixed like sony is doing... unlike nintendo has started with that idea who builds the whole game from the start for motion plus controller gameplay. imo ms has the idea right.. keep motion control games away from our core games. just make fun new FULL BODY motion control games. unless they offer some cool new features to the core games. like the ones they are working on now...like i said before, its been a long time since i played a on rails shooter so im all for a gears of war themed game:)

Sigil77
Sigil77

I truly hope it doesn't turn out to be an on-rails shooter.

grim0187
grim0187

@killer690 What you and alot of other people are afraid of is change. Tech moves and changes rapidly and you cant always be using stuff from the 80's such as controllers.

killer690
killer690

@grim0187 I've tried, and honestly I didn't like it, for me the full experience is with the good old fashioned controller, mashing buttons, "Pulling the trigger" and stuff like that, whenever I want to get up from the couch I just grab my running shoes and go out for a jug. But I guess it's always gonna come to a difference of opinion.

lewser5
lewser5

If its anything close to Extraction, I'm all for it. Since its a Gears game, i'm going to get it either way anyways :)

grim0187
grim0187

@killer690 How do you know you dont like something if you never try it? I was a bit skeptical at first, but realized Kinect is a part of gaming on the 360. You gotta have it to have the full experience and if you dont you get left in the dust. Srry, :)

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

@organbank I don;t own a PS3, so I admitedly didn;t know that dead space did this. I was under the impression that you wouldn't have the option to switch between controller and kinect.

coylenintendo
coylenintendo

that makes me sort of want to buy a Kinect but it's not really worth it to just buy a few games that I'll like. I'm just glad that Gears Of War 3 will be coming out

debs182
debs182

I would definately buy Gears for kinect, would be interesting to see how it plays.

killer690
killer690

@grim0187 most of us who don't own a kinect, don't own one because we don't like it, and things comes to worst we'll just buy one, but honestly I for one, will only buy a kinect to play a gears of war game and not for anything else.

grim0187
grim0187

Glad I bought my Kinect! Sucks for all you naysayers who dont have one though...

JohnF111
JohnF111

Nah they'll release a Kinect Activator on the network and charge $13 for it, or about 1000 MS points, or i've just given them this idea but either way they want more money.

IceJester45
IceJester45

If this were to hit this year, it would make a great addition to Kinect's already nice lineup of releases. If not, no biggie. I'm still playing Dance Central, anyway. Oh, and Project Draco, Haunt, Rise of Nightmares, Codename D, Star Wars Kinect, The Gunstringer, and Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor are on the way.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@biakcunhnin Nice try to start a fanboy war. But it's spelt network.

biakcunghnin
biakcunghnin

xbox live is more better than ps3 nettwork

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Hahaha. I'm a major fan of Gears of War but this is just bull. They could possibly produce an Ears of War game as shown in that supposidly (cough) "early development" shot. Where all you have to do is listen to your earpiece. Aside from that I can't see this happening. Without a gun to hold this just wouldn't feel right - plus it'd be more fun with a controller (personal opinion).

the_actor_man
the_actor_man

it's just Kinect, not The Kinect.... I think an on-rails Gears would be a great add-on to Gears 3, why not put it with that?!

blackjack3578
blackjack3578

.....what are you guys idiots it was rumored from an unreliable source that it is an on rail shooter but that source put up a fake picture so i doubt they were telling the truth and its being made by epic games the last time i checked they aren't known for making rail shooters and by the way a while back it was announced that they found at least 10 different ways to give full no rail controls on kinect

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

@monson21502 Has Kinect seen any new releases since it's launch anyway? And only one of them got good reviews. And I like how you added "move only game", considering more than half the Move games are not Move only, which was the point of Move, to incorporate it into the core games.

Balck_soul
Balck_soul

@TomBergman909 it's actually yes to both , browser you get through media windows centre and through zune or hulu or watever it was you can get movies to your xbox ( own it on your hard drive ) soo... yeahh no point paying you out you done that yourself. anyways kinect for gears would be a good optional , better to have it then not to just don't make it a must.

_MEDUSA_
_MEDUSA_

Argueing with a fool proves there are two, every fanboy will always say one is good the other is bad get over yourselves or ask mommy to buy you both,go to a discussion page on facebook if you wanna bash each others platforms, Now to get to the article, i honestly dont know if this is gonna work, i doubt they will sway the 'hardcore' community but its a good idea to bring something different to the kinect, i played Resident evil on the Wii, and personally it just doesnt work for me, Alot of die hard people still believe the keyboard has no substitute, but now more and more PC gamers turn to controllers for their games, kinect is still new, and if they dont try new things and push its boundries they will never know its true value or potential, who knows maybe it works like a charm, or perhaps (and more likely) its an epic fail!

widdowson91
widdowson91

What a waste of money. Gears of War is really the only franchise on the XBox 360 that I enjoy, now Microsoft are trying to cash in even more on Kinect by releaseing a so-called 'hardcore' title for it. Come on, it's not going to be half as good as the proper titles. Also if you view motion controls as a casual thing then a Gears of War for the Kinect won't sway your opinions becuase it'll just be another casual game wrapped up in a so-called 'hardcore' looking outer shell. The sad thing though is that people will fall for the marketing ploy...

monson21502
monson21502

alot of fanboys will sit here and bash this.. but the sad thing is this game will prolly out score and out sell any move only game on the ps3. oh wait kinect launch games already did that::lol:

TomBergman909
TomBergman909

Seriously tell me why Xbox Live is better? Can Xbox 360 have internet browser and let you download movies from a website and own them on ur hardrive? No. Xbox Live is trash. PSN is just like Live except without Pasrty Chat.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@TomBergman909 Wow, have an account on the site five minutes and already making friends. NICE!

steelmouth
steelmouth

@Joker_851 "What is this? Third grade? Pew! Pew! Pew!" i bet sony is regretting saying that now with kinect shipping so well Please please ms please DO NOT RUIN Gears for me, its the best thing you have over sony imo, even if you pull it off it still wount quiet be Gears and worse i would have to buy kinect because there is no way am ever missing out on any Gears tittle

ShadowLaguna
ShadowLaguna

LOL WE LIEK MONEYS SO WE MAEK POINTLESS GAME FOR DIEHARD FANZ TO WASTE THEIR MONEYS ON.

TomBergman909
TomBergman909

@Everybody Xbox Live is not better. The only reason why you people pay for Live is Party Chat and Online mP. Your getting ripped off.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@jb9776 Yeah, I haven't played mine in a while either. My kids seem to enjoy it though, and the games I have, which are Kinect Sports,Kinect Adventures of course, and Dance Central are all pretty solid. It's a different experience, and while a bit fun, I'd rather play with the standard controller. So I hope that if developers do focus on Kinect, I hope they combine it with the controller, instead of a full on motion title.

drokmore
drokmore

Roady running could be quite the workout after awhile, doubt Ill have many all day epic GOW sessions, heck maybe ill be able to run a marathon after playing GOW...the solution to obesity :) Or maybe a complete flop...