|Unicorns and Dragons? Kinectimals eat your heart out!|
|Full Body Brain Training anyone?|
Many would also consider Child of Eden to be the first "hardcore" Kinect experience. Many traditional gamers are skeptical of Kinect's ability to allow them to control the kinds of games that they have been playing with controllers for decades. Perhaps they are missing the point; it could be argued that Kinect is all about new experiences, but Microsoft are certainly pushing titles that should appeal to this audience.
|Kinect enabled Forza.|
|Kinect exclusive Star Wars game.|
|A horror title by Parappa the Rapper creator.|
|Sega's Kinect horror title.|
"Dodge traps and outwit ghosts, ghouls and frights that lurk with glee around each and every corner" in 'Haunt', a game by Masaya Matsuura, the legendary creator of PaRappa the Rapper, and his studio NanaOn-Sha. SEGA also hope to scare players in 'Rise of Nightmares', a Kinect horror title in which players will "use their whole body to experience fear and tension like never before."
|Project Draco by the original creators of Panzer Dragoon.|
Also announced at TGS was 'Project Draco', from Yukio Futatsugi and other core members of the team that developed cult hits 'Phantom Dust' and 'Panzer Dragoon'. 'Project Draco' is a dragon combat title that allows players to communicate, train and develop their dragons skills as a partner in combat. "Project Draco is not a party type game where everyone enjoys themselves for brief periods, but is rather the type of game into which players sink their teeth." said Futatsugi. "Don't you want to be able to actually experience the feeling of communicating with a dragon and riding it into battle? I do."
|Capcom's Kinect Mech sim Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor|
Aside from the already announced titles, Microsoft themselves have been teasing surprises and announcements for months now. They have stated numerous times that we can expect to see more hardcore titles next year, as well as games that utilize both Kinect AND a controller. IGN recently posted a rumor that next months VGA awards will see numerous action titles announced for the Xbox 360 and Kinect; specifically, a new Gears of War game. Rare undoubtedly have a few projects in development, and it is almost certain that we will see at least one new Kinect game from them in 2011 as Kinect is their primary focus. And Lionhead, creators of the infamous Milo tech demo, are said to be utilizing the Milo technology in a Kinect Fable game. Finally, Harmonix have already started pre-production on Dance Central 2, which will likely be out fall '11.
Of course 2011 will see the smorgasbord of sequels to the popular fitness and sports titles that typically have annual iterations. I think it likely that a good few big titles are yet to be unveiled and services like Live Arcade are largely unexplored as of yet. Even John Carmack of iD, the creator of Doom, Quake and the upcoming Rage, is interested in creating a Kinect title. Whatever you're looking for, be it an action game, a dancing game, a Dragon petting game or a Dragon fighting game, the 2011 line-up for Kinect is already varied and there is plenty to look forward too.