Microsoft Goes Japan Crazy with New Kinect Titles

"Legendary Japanese Creators" to the fore

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Microsoft Goes Japan Crazy with New Kinect Titles
Microsoft really is making the most of the Tokyo Games Show this year with announcements of Kinect games from Capcom, SEGA, Grasshopper Manufacture, NanaOn-Sha and Grounding - most with the watchful collaboration of Microsoft Game Studios.

The Microsoft TGS keynote was an impressively Japanese-focused affair, with Phil Spencer, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Game Studios, and Takashi Sensui, General Manager of the Home & Entertainment Division for Microsoft, joined by Goichi Suda (SUDA 51) of Grasshopper Manufacture, Keiji Inafune, Global Head of Production of Capcom, Yukio Futatsugi, Game Director for Grounding, Shigenobu Matsuyama, producer for MGS: Rising. Masaya Matsuura, President for NanaOn-Sha appeared via video.

So, revealed at the event were five Kinect titles:

codename D from Grasshopper Manufacture and Microsoft Game Studios. Blurb? Sure, "You must fight for your life to survive an evil amusement park filled with twisted and eerie creatures."

Project Draco from Grounding and Microsoft Game Studios see Yukio Futatsugi (Phantom Dust and Panzer Dragoon) producing a "3-D flying shooter" in which dragons star.

Haunt from NanaOn-Sha and, you guessed it... Microsoft Game Studios. A haunted house dripping mystery with traps, ghosts, ghouls and frights. Apparently a family game though.

Steel Battalion Heavy Armor from Capcom and 'From' Software but no MGS in site. Steel Battalion gets a Kinect reboot set in Manhattan, 2082. Blurb? Why not: "In a world where computers and almost all modern technology have been lost, the greatest nations of the world continue to battle for supremacy. The American army lands in New York to begin its first big offensive of a long ground war. Soldiers fire from the trenches as scorched bunkers belch black smoke. As comrades continually fall to the unrelenting crossfire of bullets, the Vertical Tanks make their relentless advance."

Rise of Nightmares from SEGA all on its own. A "spine-tingling horror experience", we'll have more details on that later although it has been revealed that this is due for a Spring 2011 release.

In terms of non-Kinect (yeah, like that's so September 2010, right?) games, "Japanese developers Treasure and Spike announced the revival of two beloved downloadable titles for Xbox LIVE Arcade." Yes, 'beloved'...

Fire Pro Wrestling from Spike. "Your avatar makes its debut as a pro wrestler! Customise your avatar wrestler, choosing from a wide selection of costumes, before you step into the arena and run wild. Unlock new moves as you advance your wrestling career."

Radiant Silvergun from Treasure. A scrolling shooter. According to the blurb, it's the "spiritual successor", whatever that means, to Ikaruga.



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