Microsoft cancels Gore Verbinski's Kinect game

Xbox maker cans development on Pirates of the Caribbean director's motion-sensing game Matter.

Microsoft has canceled Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski's Kinect game Matter, the company confirmed to Joystiq today. It was to be developed in partnership with the film director and Blind Wink Games and release on Xbox Live Arcade this year.

"Microsoft Studios is no longer pursuing this title," Microsoft said. "We have no further details to share at this time."

Verbinski signed an exclusive deal with Microsoft in 2011 to deliver "original interactive entertainment content" to Microsoft platforms across the world. Matter was to be the first project in this arrangement. The deal was also to include media beyond games.

It is not clear if the entire Verbinski-Microsoft deal has been scuttled, or just Matter. A Microsoft representative provided the same comment as above.

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Femto513
Femto513

Microsoft doesn't need this game anyway, it's got plenty of other upcoming....oh wait.

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

hmm. i guess it doesn't 'Matter' after all.

mattress805
mattress805

F*CK  Kinect! I have an Xbox 360 now. If Microsoft forces me to pay for Kinect and integrates it into the new Xbox, then I'm getting a PS4.  Period!  I get upset even when I accidentally wander into Kinect Central on the Dashboard. It's like a nightmare buffet of dance games and unresponsive neo-Wii shovelware. I understand that Kinect is great for younger kids.  I get it.  But if thats the case, then offer Kinect 2.0 as a peripheral, and let those parents that want it, pay extra for it!  Dont put the burden and expense on the majority of gamers that don't want it.  What if Microsoft put HD-DVD into the Xbox 360 intead of making it a peripheral? That lives on a shelf in my hallway closest. I pray that the Kinect idea will someday end up in my hallway closet right next to that HD-DVD peripheral.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

Molyneux showed how a kinect game could look like partially!
MILO was a good demo...shame that no dev has balls to make a big kinect game!

robertcain
robertcain

The Kinect rarely has anything good going for it anyway so this is one cancellation that few will be unhappy about. But it's no sign that Microsoft is giving up on the crappy motion sensing gimmick... (Which they should in my opinion for duping so many consumers into buying a faulty product)

Lhomity
Lhomity

Considering how bad kinect games are, in general, I can only imagine this one must have been E.T The Extra-Terrestrial levels of awfulness to get cancelled.

Godly_Cure
Godly_Cure

Really doesn't seem like much support for Kinect anyway.

advancedcaveman
advancedcaveman

When talking about this game, Gore Verbinski said that people who haven't played games before think they are emotionless because you are sitting in place and not moving around. I take this as a sign that they never had any sort of actual game design in place and that's why it's been canceled. 

They probably never got past the concept trailer & the standard issue "person who works in the film industry says something about video games that doesn't make any sense & entirely misses the point of the medium" stuff.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Potentially one of the only games that could peak my interest with Kinect has now been cancelled... Classic.

This is exactly what the system needs for gods sake, not dance games, not little childish titles... it needs things that fully appreciate the technology.  When you look at the things university PhD students have achieved with Kinect some of it is unbelievable.

If Microsoft are so desperate to push Kinect they need to embrace innovative ideas and developers that think 'out of the box'.  I seriously have very little hope for the 720 the way things are going.. I see more and more a living room entertainment system as opposed to a games console.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

And nothing of value was lost. I've been able to say that a LOT lately. Weird.

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

Wouldn't that just encourage him to take his exclusives elsewhere?

punkpunker
punkpunker

whats the point of kinect if the games made for it sucks?

rannoni
rannoni

the cg was epic though..they should make that on ps4

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

Better with Kinect, except it doesn't exist. >.>

jakerscythe
jakerscythe

The less resources spent on motion controls, the better.

Zoza24
Zoza24

Thats a bad start MS..

oOhedzOo
oOhedzOo

I think the reason people hate Kinect that they felt betrayed because the advertisments promised so much. More than the device could do.

I'm personally disappointed because I bought Kinect yet most of the games are like dance central and for kids. I was promised more games like The Rising of Nightmares which I loved so much and loved to see more of it.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

Aww, I was sort of kind of fairly intrigued by this game :P

steelmouth
steelmouth

well the loss of a kinect game is nothing to cru over so we all good right?

UCFknighthood
UCFknighthood

If you don't like it, don't buy it.  Don't come on every Kinect related article to say how much it sucks.  I play games like Witcher and BF3 but I enjoy Kinect games sometimes because it's different, and a way to get normally non-gamers involved (GF for example).  You don't have to hate Kinect if you're a "core" gamer.  You can like both, it's ok.  If you want a good Kinect game that's not Sports/Fitness related, try out Child of Eden or Gunstringer.  Both excellent.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

Its better than the Eyetoy way on the PS2, it still has some more time to mature but in the end it will aid in a new way for gamers to game.  

hobotech64
hobotech64

I have not seen one Kinect game that actually enhances your experience in terms of control or fun.  All it is is a $150 paperweight that sits in front of a TV.  The only games that "work" are dance games, because they're dance games.

Can't say the same about the Wiimote, Move, or even Wii U.  At least those have these things called "buttons" and work well with games that aren't dance games, like FPS.

m4a5
m4a5

Looks like it could've had potential, but not far enough along for me to care...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Good.  One down, 374875 shitty Kinect games to go.

3199eddie
3199eddie

What is with all this hate towards the Kinect? I mean yeah it isn't perfect, but it is new technology so of course it is going to have bugs. But, that doesn't excuse the rampant and quite weird hatred many of you seem to have, as if a Kinect had personally insulted or harmed you.

I have used Kinect (don't own one though) and frankly it wasn't that bad. It wasn't as responsive as the Wii or Move but it is still an interesting innovation that no-one is forcing you to buy. Which is another reason why this hatred towards it confuses me, has Microsoft turned up in your house at 3am with a Kinect and a gun and told you, you have to have one or they will shoot your favourite pet, sibling, child etc.?

Shame-usBlackley
Shame-usBlackley

Shitty controller and a shitty director... it was a match made in heaven. Problem is, no one buys Kinect games, even with 17 million of them out there. No one gives a flying fuck, the device is a big steaming pile of corn speckled shit.

Wish the title read, "Microsoft cancels Kinect."

SolidTy
SolidTy

It was all about getting Gore's name out there to sucker people into buying Kinect. They used other examples, talked about potential, showed fake tech demos like Milo...but Job is done, people got suckered and bought one, time to cancel project.


Gore realized he couldn't put his name on a Kinect product after seeing how utterly limiting the tech is.


What a waste of gamers time and space.

Merex760
Merex760

Can Microsoft just cancel Kinect all together? Nothing good comes from it. 

zzamaro
zzamaro

So is M$ paying them for doing nothing? I mean, it doesn't seem they are making more games. I didn't even know they were making this kinect title.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

Now if MS would ruin Kinect game deals with, lets say, EVERY GAME DEVELOPER. That would be awesome.

Seriously. They proved that humanity will buy any shiny polished turd you add a camera too, we get it now let's just all laugh it off and forget about the single worst thing to hit gaming since the Virtual Boy.  

Saketume
Saketume

it doesn't Matter

huhuhuhu *cough*

..sorry

crusadernm
crusadernm

I thought this game would be marble madness with kinect. 

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

After they started, they released the obvious: Kinect is not a game controller.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

Today I learned that Gore Verbinski was making a Kinect game.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

More movie people who have no business doing shit in the gaming industry signing onto things and ending up doing absolutely nothing, eh?

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

it's a shame. it had potential.

profilia
profilia

Kinda reminds me of the Portal personality cores....

elbauto
elbauto

It's like... A game that was announced with a a nonsense trailer was cancelled, Oh NO! LOL

hector530
hector530

no one even knew this was a thing