Microsoft Forges Alliance with Legendary Japanese Creators for Five Exclusive Kinect Games


PlayStation and Nintendo may rule Japan, but give credit to Microsoft for its exhaustive efforts to make the Xbox brand a competitor. In a move that could turn the tide in favor of Kinect over PlayStation Move, Microsoft has announced an alliance with legendary Japanese developers/studios, including SUDA 51’s Grasshopper Manufacture, Panzer Dragoon and Phantom Dust director Yukio Futatsugi, NanaOn-Sha of PaRappa the Rapper fame, Sega and From Software, to birth the creation of five Xbox 360 titles built exclusively for Kinect. Five games that aren’t silly, casual, shovelware titles that have you dancing, exercising, and flailing your arms in front of the TV like a moron (well, I suppose they will since Kinect requires flailing your arms, but you get my point).

These are the five games, all scheduled for release next year:

“codename D” (Grasshopper Manufacture, Microsoft Game Studios):

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From the famed makers of “killer7” and the “NO MORE HEROES” series comes “codename D” from SUDA 51 for Microsoft Game Studios. You must fight for your life to survive an evil amusement park filled with twisted and eerie creatures. With “codename D” for Kinect for Xbox 360, you are the controller as you unleash devastating effects to destroy enemies and objects.

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“Project Draco” (Grounding, Microsoft Game Studios):


The director of the cult hits “Phantom Dust” and “Panzer Dragoon,” game director Yukio Futatsugi, brings you an epic 3-D flying shooter. With the magic of Kinect for Xbox 360, you will be able to nurture and learn to communicate with your dragon as you develop its skills and train it as a partner in combat. Then join friends* on Xbox LIVE to feel the rush of flight as you take to the skies together and experience breathtaking vistas and engage in thrilling battles.


“Haunt” (NanaOn-Sha, Microsoft Game Studios):


Gather friends and family to delve deep into a haunted house dripping with mystery — you’ll need every ounce of your wit and cunning if you hope to unravel the veil of rumors that hide its darkest secret. Dodge traps and outwit ghosts, ghouls and frights that lurk with glee around each and every corner. Take a deep breath and immerse yourself in “Haunt,” spooky fun for Kinect for Xbox 360.

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“Steel Battalion Heavy Armor” (Capcom, From Software):

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This all-new game revives the fan-favorite “Steel Battalion” series. With the support of Microsoft, Capcom and From Software join forces to bring this groundbreaking collaborative project to Xbox 360. Manhattan, 2082: 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. Experience the battlefield as never before with Kinect for Xbox 360.

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“Rise of Nightmares” (SEGA):


“Rise of Nightmares” offers a spine-tingling horror experience that uses the innovative new controls of Kinect for Xbox 360 to give players the ultimate fright. Using their whole body, players will experience fear and tension as never before in this exclusive Kinect for Xbox 360 horror adventure.

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