Alongside their two Xbox LIVE Arcade title partnerships, Microsoft’s announced three additional partnerships from Japanese developers to create new Kinect titles on Xbox 360. These names may ring a bell.
Haunt is the first Kinect game. It’s coming from Parappa the Rappa studio NanaOn-Sha. It’s a “horror” game, according to Masaya Matsuura. The video shown to the crowd revealed a first-person view of a creepy mansion, a flashlight going about. As soon as the player is attacked by a cartoon ghost is where it becomes evident that Matsuura was joking about the horror aspect of the game.
Haunt is still in its early stages, says Matsuura. It’s out on Xbox 360 for Kinect in 2011.
Next up, a collaboration with Grounding Inc. They’re working on a game called Project Draco. Grounding’s Yukio Futatsugi took the stage to announce the game, where a video played of a couple of red dragons flying throughout the environment.
Project Draco is scheduled for 2011.
Finally, and probably the most noteworthy of them all, Grasshopper Manufacturer’s Suda 51 took the stage. He’s developing a game for Kinect tentatively titled Codename D. Suda couldn’t reveal many details, but promises it is a core action game — but with no guns and no swords involved. He says its for hardcore actions fans. The trailer following showed a man walking into an amusement park with a baseball in hand, where he’s surrounded by a bunch of people in odd costumes. Suddenly, everything explodes.
Codename D will be out in 2011.