Project Milo canceled...again?

Lionhead Studios said to have dropped 19 contractors after pulling plug on Kinect-enabled little boy simulator; team wrapped into Fable development.

Source: UK gaming news site Eurogamer.

What we heard: Microsoft's camera-based motion-sensing add-on Kinect will be in stores on November 4, but it seems like only yesterday that Lionhead Studios trotted out its little boy simulator Project Milo to debut the device at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo. Since then, the status of the title has been unclear, with Microsoft saying within the course of 24 hours in June that it did not, but then again did, have plans to bring Project Milo to market.

Milo may have been laid to rest.

It's now possible that Microsoft has once again pulled the plug on Project Milo. Eurogamer reports today that Project Milo has been officially canceled, with Lionhead showing the door to 19 contractors who were working on the project. Unfortunately, Eurogamer's information comes from the most tenuous of places, as the UK gaming site cites "a source claiming to be close to the situation" as the provenance of its information.

While bad for Xbox 360 gamers looking forward to seeing what Milo had to offer, the reported development is apparently good for Fable fans. According to Eurogamer's source, Lionhead has now established two teams to work on the Fable franchise. Further, the team that was working on Milo will reportedly implement some of its work into a "Fable-themed Kinect game."

The official story: Microsoft had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?:Bogus for now, since Eurogamer's source is questionable at best. Further, Eurogamer itself noted that just last month, Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux told the site that Project Milo was absolutely intended for a retail release, saying, "I wouldn't be working on it if I didn't hope that to be true, yes."

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deltaalphagamma
deltaalphagamma

this isn't canceled just found new info about this game it seems others have taken over this game and working on it, there was a new over 7 min gameplay video and other info about this game , new features include Milo playing basketball with the player, exploring a forest, finding a paintball gun and then challenging the player, being frightened by a deer and even throwing a tantrum. 2012 relaese maybe ???

Entropy730
Entropy730

OH WOW PETER MOLYNEUX LYING/ NOT DELIVERING ON ANOTHER ONE OF HIS TITLES! WHOA!? NO WAYY!?!?!?!?!?!!11

why9090909090
why9090909090

i felt like milo was a glorified attempt to promote the kinect anyway, so i kinda knew this would be canceled

deltaalphagamma
deltaalphagamma

leeko_link I had more fun talking and interacting with Pikachu (Genki Dechu) and that fish with the human face (Seaman) dude your nuts... that fish with human face is eerie and gives some people nightmares...... milo will probably be released Q4 next year

hahamanin
hahamanin

hmm way too advanced to be released at this time??

DJSAMMlT
DJSAMMlT

I guess only time will tell but it would be amazing for something this technologically advanced to come out so soon. I never really expected it to be out and running perfect any time soon when technology like Kinect is only just beginning its launch...

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

It's because Lionhead isn't talented enough to make the game/program deep, varied, refined, smart and intuitive enough to work. Seriously it would take over 10 years (maybe more) with a team of some of the most talented programmers and game designers in the entire world to make an accurate, true-to-life human AI to be believeable.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Woulda kept pedofiles off the streets ;)

digi-demon
digi-demon

Best not to believe everything that Mr Molyneux says these days anyways :D

Snicker-Man
Snicker-Man

i didnt really care about milo anyways so this doesnt matter to me

deltaalphagamma
deltaalphagamma

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deltaalphagamma

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x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Did Milo ever really exist, or was it just someone talking to a video?

shkar
shkar

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TheVGamer
TheVGamer

Micro$oft bit of more than they can chew. It was impressive when we saw it at E3, too impressive. Kinect and Xbox just can't pull off this. Demo was fake anyway.

MEGA--X
MEGA--X

A fake will always get cancelled

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@IvanKavinski, Could agree w/ you more. I mean, it's not as though it was some serious 'system killer' kind of game (if you want to even call it that), or anything like that. So honestly, I don't think it would matter to many if it was still being created or not...it falls to much into the gimmicky Kinect/Natal category for it even to be taken seriously, much less missed if did drop off.

Maxout623
Maxout623

@Tr5978 Hoho, or is Milo in fact... Duke's secret next of kin?

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

Meh was anyone really bothered about milo? How about instead of 2 teams working on fable move one of them on to black and White 3?

FlameNate20
FlameNate20

one of those, "Oh, this is neat" kina games. Nothing to keep hardcore gamers entertained for hours.

IvanKavinski
IvanKavinski

Microsoft just used the kid to try and get people excited about Kinect... How many people actually care if this comes out or not? I certainly don't.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Project Milo, a simulation game that isn't really a game is something I won't gonna miss. I had more fun talking and interacting with Pikachu (Genki Dechu) and that fish with the human face (Seaman) then a game with a dopey kid who does nothing but stare at you.

stziggy
stziggy

I think Milo will make his return in "Planet Michael." This game has inappropriate written all over it.

crimsonrose05
crimsonrose05

"Little boy simulator" Good thing if it comes out! that it is not the officail title. That sounds bad and is misleading. . . To think of all those disappointed catholic preists lol.

akiwak
akiwak

It wont debut the Project Milo right away but maybe once Fable is done and gets shipped out; enough kinects will be in homes to make the game an instant hit!

Vanyelk
Vanyelk

Had no idea who this is, probably not that important. *shrugs*

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

Xbox just wants to make stupid mini games with this

collinmul
collinmul

Really, all "Milo" was ever created to be was a tech demo, at least as far as I'm concerned. I had no interest in interacting with him and certainly was not going to pay to do so. All I cared about was whether the interactive tech could be implemented successfully for use in other games. If Lionhead has figured out how to use the Milo technology, I'd much rather them put the tech in a fun fable-themed game instead of showhorning a "game" around talking to some creepy little boy.

bakasmiley
bakasmiley

this is worst than sim 3...i have to talk to the game to play the game? stupid

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

"Little boy simulator?" That doesn't sound right... Not right at all...

johny300
johny300

If they could replace the kid with a hot chick im buying it lol.

cube-gage
cube-gage

"This wasnt acted" yeah looked like it! Still it does look cool. It would be great if they can implement this sort of thing into real games. Imagine shenmue 3 with this sort of tech behind it!

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

I never actually watched that video until just now. It seems like some pretty advanced stuff. I think the game would be better if he was a rude smart-mouthed fish that evolved.

great_rulo
great_rulo

So a messenger Smarterchild for consoles, awesome... i guess.

metalkid9
metalkid9

Anybody else notice how there are "360" comments in the comments section of this video...weird

metalkid9
metalkid9

I like the chick's nice curvy bum

metalkid9
metalkid9

If only MJ would've lived to see this (joke)

gohoanq
gohoanq

"Kinect-enabled little boy simulator".... It's hard to wonder Why they don't want to make this game... It's a mystery alright.. >.> *cough*

weedman1985
weedman1985

Finally, this child molesting borefest has been laid to rest.

Gabe447
Gabe447

Dammit i have restraining ordes from all the little boys in my neighborhood.... AND NOW THIS HAPPENS!! :(

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

Depending on how well it's done, I'd be totally excited over Milo, but since development has been rather hush-hush I just don't really care.

ahpuck
ahpuck

lots of crying at the Vatican over this news.

killa4lyfe
killa4lyfe

Awww yeah! Finish Fable 3 for PC Please! :D

Linkari
Linkari

Was anybody REALLY looking forward to Milo? I expected it to be next R.O.B., only Microsoft won't call it nostalgic in 20 years.

DJ_BROLY
DJ_BROLY

yh gd riddance this game is wot u wld release for peedos only lol

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

Could of gone down as one of the most annoying "mascots" of the video game generation xD.

Raephius
Raephius

Good riddance. The last thing parents need is for their child's only friend to be in the TV. This "Milo" was a horrible idea.