Living Statue, Obstacle Course revealed for Project Natal - Report

Microsoft to debut motion-control software lineup next week at E3, including new dancing, gauntlet-running games; "about a dozen" third-party games also on tap.

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Revealed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in 2009, Microsoft's Project Natal motion-sensing technology has garnered a great deal of hype in the year that has ensued. Rumors of the technology and its power have swept through the Internet. However, Microsoft has been extremely tight-lipped as to what it plans to do with the equipment. That said, with this year's annual trade show descending upon Los Angeles next week, the veil of secrecy that has fogged enthusiasts is about to lift.

Natal to include dancing, obstacle course games.

According to a Los Angeles Times report, Microsoft is planning to unveil a smorgasbord of both first- and third-party motion-sensing titles for its upcoming Project Natal technology at E3 next week. The report states that four "tech demos" were shown to a room of game writers at the Microsoft campus in Washington State. And though the company wouldn't confirm which titles will launch with the technology, it strongly hinted at what's to come.

New today are the titles Living Statue and Obstacle Course. Living Statue lets players record their avatars dancing and singing and also lets users e-mail the footage to friends. Obstacle Course is just as its name suggests. In this title, players will "pull, dodge, and jump" through levels the LA Times characterized as inspired by "summer camp."

The report also states that "about a dozen" third-party Natal games will debut at next week's show, though publishers and developers attached to said projects were not specified.

Previously, River Rush, a boxing title, and a soccer game were revealed by screenwriter James Gunn in a blog post following a Los Angeles press event. And at E3 2009, Microsoft revealed Ricochet, a game in which players are tasked with blocking a bombardment of soccer-like balls. Also at the show, the company debuted Paint Party, a game where players can select paint colors with their voice and draw or splash them onto a canvas.

According to Microsoft Saudi's Entertainment and Devices marketing manager, Project Natal will ship worldwide in October. It's likely Microsoft will speak at length about the technology at its briefing on June 14. GameSpot will be at the show, and to stay current, check out GameSpot's complete coverage of E3 2010.

Discussion

71 comments
Dmitheon
Dmitheon

Living statue: keeping Stepto's enforcement unit busy banning obscene avatar movies. :-)

thephenomtait
thephenomtait

at least ricochet looks pretty fun. Well hopefully for a couple of hours.

MXVIII
MXVIII

Wow living statue....I cant wait for Extreme Handshake.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

i expect to begin with the games wont be very good, but I'm hoping they will get better as developers get the hang of it.

MissObvious
MissObvious

Hopefully they are saving their best Natal games for E3...I literally lol'd whenever I read the description they have for Living Statue. Why would I want to record my avatar moving around and/or send it to someone? That sounds really stupid unless there is actually something more to it that isn't being mentioned here.

paullywog
paullywog

all of these games sound like something i'd get tired of after 5 minutes. not exactly what i hoped to hear about regarding natal.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

i like that they are doing a boxing game (as long as they make it well). i think that natal could be good, maybe after a year we will have some decent games for it, but it has a lot of potential. But i think if it is $150 then i will wait for it to drop in price (i would probably pay around £40-£70 for it if its good).

aliasghar96
aliasghar96

What If I can play BBC2 with natal and 3D. Does that mean that bombs and explosions and bullets will be coming out at me and I have to dodge them. And I can aim and shoot the enemy like I m actually in the game. Sounds cool to me, I don't know why people r getting so mad.

lee1823
lee1823

im not going to cast any opinion on natal or move yet... at least not until E3 when we have solid proof of how these games are played out. theres a lot of negativity about natal, move and pretty much any advancement in technology lately such as 3D. The way i see it... any kind of experimental advancement in tech is a good thing. if it doesnt work then they'll try something else. it's just nice to have these options as a consumer. As one contributer suggested earlier, this isnt going to be the new face of gaming.... just a nice option for us lucky gamers... just like 3D. i just hope they combine all of these things and ressurect VR one day! would be awesome (and possible) with todays graphics! imagine a VR silent hill.... PARP!

pagla07
pagla07

Well the coolest thing i've read bout natal is bout how they could use to motion tracking to track your head show u a 3d image based on positioning (source: ign).... but thats just a big COULD... so it means nothing unless it was actually implemented....

DrEvilKoala
DrEvilKoala

@Flint247 That's why I'm somewhat interested in Natal as well. As opposed to the Wii, I can play games that use motion controls (not that I'm very interested in that, mind you) AND I can play games that use a regular gamepad. On the Wii you're always stuck with the WiiMote except for some games that let you use the Classic Controler. And I think that putting the motion control in an actual physical object really limits the idea of motion control. The hands-free experience of Natal should be interesting. But It'll always remain a gimmick to me.

Flint247
Flint247

I still don't see what the fuss is about. Natal and Move are OPTIONS, if you choose not to play them, that's fine. No way on earth will this replace the standard controller, so don't you worry! ;)

EchoEcho
EchoEcho

@weedman1985 -- I can understand people being worried about something like that, but I honestly don't see it happening. Unlike something such as the iPhone or the Wii, Natal is not a stand-alone product. It requires an Xbox 360 in order to function. So the install base for the 360 is never going to be outnumbered by Natal. There are plenty of big-name developers who have said that while they're interested in producing games for Natal, they aren't going to be abandoning their traditional game development in the process. Not to mention, there will still be masses of third-party games that are made multiplatform, and will already be designed to function without Natal support. I simply feel that people's worries are causing them to overreact, and not look at things from a more logical standpoint. Social gaming via web browser is vastly more popular than even the Wii, but there hasn't been any threat of FarmVille being the new standard for PC games in general because of it, has there? So I wouldn't worry that the popularity of gimmicky, motion-controlled party games is going to choke traditional gaming into non-existence. If and when top-name developers start making all their triple-A titles Natal exclusive, then I'll start to complain. Until then, Natal is nothing more than an optional component, and we will still have the games we enjoy without it.

CrashOV
CrashOV

If the launch games are going to be like the ones on the wii I will pass. It was fun at first to play with the new technology but in the end all the wii had was mini games. I will be very carefull before buying this as it sounds like it's more of a quick cash stunt

shakensparco
shakensparco

Development for Natal, much like the Wii, will have to grow into its motion sensing abilities and creativity, and will suck at first.

Flint247
Flint247

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SoetSout
SoetSout

is it just me or has microsoft,nintendo and sony forgoten what gaming is? gaming isnt about runing around jumping to hit imaginary balls, its fun at first but gets anoying fast. Motion sensing doesnt last long it gets boring fast, cause the games rely on the the motion "maneuverability" which gets irritating. Gaming is MAINLY geting home from work/school turning the console on, sitting on the couch, eating pizza, and jaming a game.(in short chilling and playing a game) just think if WOW was turned into motion gaming over night, 1 milion people will die in that same night cause they aint fir enough, but the fact is its not where commercial gaming is. its with a ps controler or xbox controler or a keyboard+ mouse or joystick. one thing to look out for is cyber gaming, where we get injected like matrix style... xD

boarwar
boarwar

ready, set, flail arms about!

Zloth2
Zloth2

Jeez, weak lineup. I just hope we get a new video. That concept video from last year is getting horribly tiring.

svaubel
svaubel

And already the pile of gimmick and shovelware games for this is starting to build up. I dont know who would find the idea of paying 150$ for this thing to stand up and look like an idiot fun.

OrianaDorta
OrianaDorta

$150? you have to be kidding me... This is too much for an accessory to play "dancing games" and "obstacle games". Microsoft, I don't like this "future" of yours.

DullBozer
DullBozer

Im really looking forward to this, i was really disappointed with the Wii, but i guess they placed the bar too high with the hype train. Still i respect Nintendo for opening the motion sensing door on the gaming industry and showed everyone there was a LOT of interest for it (see sales chart... not even close) Ive been gaming since the Atari 2600, and i haven't been this excited over a peripheral since the Sega CD, and the lifelike graphics of Sewer Shark... Which of course are terrible in retrospect, but were freekin awesome at the time... As for the RROD, i think you guys misunderstand something, this is the most brilliant bonus to come with a console ever, thanks to my trusty towel and hairdryer i have been getting a newer and updated console every year for the last 4 years. This warranty is amazing and we probably will never see this again, for free. I would still be stuck with my noisy Xenon board if not for this warranty,to Zephyr, to Falcon and now Jasper, for free, with a free month of live each time. I wish all my stuff could RROD and be replaced by a updated and better version every year, especially my car.

Warful
Warful

@shkar You most probably have no clue about the Xbox360. I wager you don't even own one, and your info is based on PS3 owners, and old media. The RROD is down to a rate, just about equal to PS3 and Wii faults. With that said, This technology IS no doubt, interesting, and original(YES, it is NOT like Eyetoy, as it also features voice input). This is advanced compared to previous motion sensor technology. BUT, showing people, some regular unoriginal games like Obstacle Course.. It's not exactly the dot over the i, or the greatest flagship.. It reminds me directly of ALL the Wii games out on the market.. Bring us something more interesting. Milo for example, is original and exciting in way, with both Voice input, and motion sensoring.

weedman1985
weedman1985

@EchoEcho , That's very true indeed. But keep in mind that if the majority of people decide that this product is the next best thing, then it will become the next standard of current generation gaming whether you like it or not. People who don't like it, will have to get by because there will be next to nothing else besides it. You can probably understand why some people express concern over this issue.

weedman1985
weedman1985

If this is the future of gaming, then I don't want any part in it.

HardWired94
HardWired94

Playstation Move > Project Natal they talk about natal like its revolutionary, but its just the same as eyetoy for the ps2...

shkar
shkar

its a shame that such a great project like NATAL is on such an unreliable console like XBOX360,,,,,you can expect getting your console RROD ed while you are in the middle of a great motion sensing experience......C'mon Microsoft just do something about it...

EchoEcho
EchoEcho

@Toysoldier34 -- If a consumer decides to buy a product that they want but don't need, then it's their own decision -- not the corporation that makes the product. If they're stupid enough to let an ad on a website or in a magazine decide what they need, then it's also their own fault. I don't own an iPod. I don't own an iPhone. I don't own an iPad. Why? Because I don't need nor want them, and that is a choice I made as a consumer -- Apple didn't make it for me. If I pick up Natal for my 360, then it will be because I want one -- not because Microsoft told me to. It is always up to the consumer to decide what they need, what they want, and whether or not they purchase it. Consumers can't shift blame onto corporations over something as simple as taking responsibility for how they spend their own money.

marco245
marco245

I would find more fulfilment from doing a real obstacle course. You can also join the military for free, and get a damn sight more fit.

player_leo
player_leo

Natal is the future. Next step is holographic projection in 3-D space with force feedback.

COTT3R
COTT3R

project natal is going to fail and it costs over £200 DONT GET IT, ITS A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY

Sharhan96
Sharhan96

there is a lot of potential behind this, lets just hope they take it as far as it can go.

GAMERALL
GAMERALL

Ah, so these are the next gen consoles: the Xbox 3ii and the ps3ii... Lame!

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@Waldkrieger Just did a quick glance around Gamespot and the net only to find that it is, yes, still just RUMORED to be $150. Will it be $150? Hell, I don't know. Maybe. But I'd like to wait until an actual announcement before I throw a fit.

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

@AncientDozer In case you do not frequent this site often, yes, the price has been released. Hence why I said $150.

DeMoN_SouL_666
DeMoN_SouL_666

i honestly don't think any major games of Shooters or RPGs will support Natal. its not even imaginable! and i don't want to row or paint either. Nope, not for me

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@VidGamAnonymous Yeah, no. We both know that's not true and you're just exaggerating. One peripheral, while damaging, is by no means game ending. Many bad accessories have been made and consoles have lived on. At worst, it will be laughed at for the rest of its lifespan and sell probably much as the PSEYE or PS Move.

MW2GhoST
MW2GhoST

Long live the controller!

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@Waldkrieger So the price has been announced at last? Really? No? Okay then. Don't talk until you do. It's how stupid rumors are started. I'd like to be optimistic.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Another way Microsoft is going to screw you over. Apple and Microsoft may be competing companies, but Apple's style is starting to rub off I see. Lets sell them junk that they don't need, but tell them they do and that it is revolutionary, then not do anything new or great with it.

VidGamAnonymous
VidGamAnonymous

Natal = Microsoft goes broke = Xbox 360 dead = no more Gears of War = :(

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

And these kind of titles are why people should spend 150 dollars on a new gimmick? $150 + $60 for a game and you get CRAP like this!

monson21502
monson21502

wish they would make a double dare or fun house game. they can do alot with natal . i cant wait to see what all they do.

P8rt
P8rt

Yeah, hopefully Milo comes with feature where you can beat the crap out of him for suckering you out of a $150 plus.... I could of bought a wii...(whap) I'd be playing galaxy 2...(whap) and waiting for Zelda...(whap)

prodigy372
prodigy372

The only thing that has my attention so far with Natal is Milo. And I even have a feeling that it's not going to be as epic as I'm hoping.