THQ Kinects with Fantastic Pets

Publisher delivering voice-controlled animal-training game to Xbox 360 in March 2011.

When Kinect launches for the Xbox 360 on November 4, gamers will be able to put the camera-based motion-sensing controller through its paces in 12 games, with five more confirmed to arrive before the year is out. While THQ isn't represented among those launch titles, the publisher isn't neglecting Kinect, announcing today that it will bring Fantastic Pets to the Xbox 360 in March 2011.

These pets are fantastical!

Described as Kinect's "first augmented reality game," Fantastic Pets initially presents players with four prosaic animals: a dog, cat, horse, and lizard. However, throughout the course of gameplay, these animals transform into mythological creatures, ranging from unicorns to dragons.

Fantastic Pets plays on Kinect's voice-recognition technology, as gamers are able to command their pets in minigames and talent shows through audible cues. Players will also be able to photograph themselves with their pets as they attempt to achieve the rank of a professional pet trainer.

Blitz Games Studios has been tasked with creating Fantastic Pets. Blitz Games is perhaps most noted for its work on the Burger King adver-games Sneak King and Big Bumpin'. The British studio has also handled development on other license properties, including The Biggest Loser, as well as Konami's Karaoke Revolution.

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Akijo
Akijo

@ SolidTy On what drug are you? Crazy-mush?

jb9776
jb9776

this is my last comment on this but if you go back to the home page of gamespot, go into the news section, and read the news article with the headline "sony move-s 1 million in the americas". In the third paragraph near the bottom is this quote "the figure is in line with analysts' estimates that it had a modest launch of just 300,000 units sold in the us during it's first two weeks on sale" do people actually read the news articles? now 300,000 units isn't setting the world on fire but it's alot more than twelve thousand.

jb9776
jb9776

@gungriffin if you actually read the news article on this very website you would know that they shipped 1 million to the americas not worldwide. I don't where you live but in my town denver colorado some stores are sold out. Stores like target, best buy, and wal-mart. Also im am from brooklyn ny and went to visit there just last week and alot of same stores were also sold out. lastly all you have to do is use a little common sense if sony only sold twelve thousand units why would they ship 1 million anywhere, because all you'll end up doing is have a bunch of units sitting of store shelves. also the npd doesn't release specific numbers anymore but the usual analyst commented on move sales on this website and the quote was move sales were "modest" in america and big in europe maybe if you go back into the archives you can read it too.

UnderSeven
UnderSeven

What amuses me is the PS fanboys commenting probably didn't buy the move either. I have my doubts about the kinect, but not because of the concept. I think the concept is awesome and possibly the future of gaming. Only I worry over the execution. I'll buy it to support the technology and if there is one thing we know about microsoft, it is that they are stubborn. How long did it take them to finally give up on Vista? If they put half that effort into the kinect we might actually see something decent come out of this.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Not interested. Holding out for Marginally Average Pets, myself.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

I get my numbers from the NPD website they have a tracker for Sony PS Move and currently it has been one of the biggest flops for hardware in recent history according to them. That and from my local retail out lets: Best Buy, GameStop, and even Amazon.com all report that sales for PS move have been vary slow and vary low compaired to expectations. SO it seems in some locations the info has not reached the NPD yet, but to be correct it seems that in the UK it's selling well, but in the US, and Japan it's selling slower then ever. Also IGN, and Gamespot, as well as GameInformer.com have all been under the Sony banner sence the PS2 days, (Not trying to be a fanboy but telling the truth here) They all never even lised the fallowing games for best open world shooters, or the fallowing for RTS titles: Best open world shooters based off User pollings around the net: PC: Battlefield 1942 Front Lines fuel of War Armed Assault Consoles: Halo Combat Evolved Xbox Mercinaries PS2 Red Faction Gurrila Just Cause RTS titltes never mentioned by any of these sites for top ten of all time: PC: Warcraft Starcraft Homeworld Homeworld 2 need I list more? Also the correct info from those sites listed is 1 million "SHIPED" That dose not equal 1 million sold, it mearly states that Sony shipped a million units world wide to meet demand, thats all.

jb9776
jb9776

@Mc_bally_who i got the information from ign, ign uk, game informer.com, and this very website. to say sony only sold twelve thousand worldwide is a total joke.

MC_Bally_Who
MC_Bally_Who

@jb9776 just out of interest where are these facts from? I had also been led to believe that the stats were similar to the ones @GunGriffin mentioned.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I've just realised, the PS camera also has a microphone. Why is it that it is not being utilised in more Move games? Maybe it isn't as good as Kinect's microphone or something.

king_bobo
king_bobo

Hmm... could be emotionally interesting, if the project took a serious approach to pet management (e.g. allowing the creatures to die, either of neglet or old age), but I'm concerned about the developer. Check out the list of games they've worked on... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blitz_Games_Studios

jb9776
jb9776

@gungriffin i hope you were kidding with the 12 thousand sold worldwide, it SOLD not shipped 1.5 million in eruope alone and sold about 300,000 in america. and lets not forget the sales numbers for japan aren't even out yet. just stating the facts

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Honestly who is going to force you to buy these games? If you don't like them don't comment! Plus you wont have to wait for long before the hardcore games hit Kinect IE 2011 is when the Makers of the fallowing titles hit with hardcore games for Kinect: Codename D: Hardcore M rated Platformer Steel Battalion Heavy Armor: M rated Mech combat simulatior in which you can see blood of the men you crush, and shoot splatter around the battleground. (Also will support online MP for at least 10 player Mech mayham!) Project Draco: Rated T made by the same people who did Panzer Dragoon a long lasting classic side scrolling shooter from the Sega Satern Days. Now they are back only on Kinect with a true Dragon combat flight sim, and 8 player online MP. Honestly what I listed is not enough? Plus from what everybody has said the PS move may have shipped 1 million but it only sold about 12 thousand units world wide right now due to the fact it's flagship M rated game SOCOM 4 was pulled shortly before it's release. According to the NPD even in Japan the sales of PS Move have been slow at best. Kinect has massive purchise intent when compaired to Kinect if you add up the frenzy that it made at TGS the Japanese are going to buy Kinect in Droves and it's not for us but for the Japanese market. Thats why so many publishers making hardcore games for it are Japanese, Ubisoft has a street fighting sim if your interested in that called Fighters Uncagged.

lithus
lithus

ugg...just because Sony sold out with motion sensing, why did MS?! How long will it be before our favorite games are only done on Kinects simply because publishers think it's marketable? I enjoy sitting down with my controller people! I worked all day, I don't wanna excerise with my games!

BigStik
BigStik

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Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@ harry_daniel200 Lol you may as well save your self some money and just chokeslam a friend although would be really funny and dangerous to watch people play it or street fighter

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

"Blitz Games Studios has been tasked with creating Fantastic Pets. Blitz Games is perhaps most noted for its work on the Burger King adver-games Sneak King and Big Bumpin'. The British studio has also handled development on other license properties, including The Biggest Loser, as well as Konami's Karaoke Revolution." Yep. Kinect's just looking better and better, isn't it?

comb5
comb5

I want House of The Dead! I've said it before and I'll say it a million times again! I don't care if I have to use my hands as guns.

BigStik
BigStik

Still waiting for Child of Eden, probably the only game on this thing I'm looking forward to so far. :/

Venom316
Venom316

wait. Is this a whole new game or just Kinectimals(skittles! from E3, lol) renamed?

Dark4ever01
Dark4ever01

I like how the first thing game developers do when they get some new kind of hardware/input device is make heart pounding, reality shattering, mind blowing and never before seen... pet games.

tainted0ne
tainted0ne

No tigers???? Why would any1 buy this.

Darkbeyond
Darkbeyond

I personally prefer just to have a controller in my hands but Microsoft has got some great tec here and when a good game comes out ill definately pick this up

bluefire1360
bluefire1360

If you don't like kinect don't buy it? Personally I'm not going to purchase it until a game I like pops up, but it's good technology for a consumer product. none the less.

guertt
guertt

I can just imagine how many of you will be getting the kinect as soon as a good game arrive on it. So stop b!tching about the device, if you don't like it,just leave the news section alone and go play your hardcore game like always.

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

most people who dis motion control lacks playing a wii... with a good game or friends

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

pets pets pets.... only pet game i liked was when i was like 13 and that was that 3 button wannabe gameboy you put on your key chain that dies if u leave it alone for more then 3 hours

deadlysilence82
deadlysilence82

kinect what a joke . i prefer to use my controllers than play soft core and childish games

zequex
zequex

Pet dragon = win

josh7845
josh7845

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akira2465
akira2465

And They Say Kinect isn't harcore lol

tomwenz
tomwenz

Microsoft's ripoff of Nintendogs?

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

Another horrible game on another worthless gimmick device. Really folks, gimmicks don't make good games.

vadicta
vadicta

I see it now, Animal trainers are going to be the Kinect's mini-game compilations :P

Fizzman
Fizzman

Its a new age of Tomagochi or however you spell it.

paullywog
paullywog

i haven't tried either of the technologies, but going off of the game lineup, move seems far better in my book.

Recarnator
Recarnator

“It's so fluffy, I'm gonna die!”

woodyfr
woodyfr

Just another EyePet, nothing to see here...