Microsoft's motion-controlled Project Natal obviously has tremendous potential in terms of the wide variety of titles it will allow developers to create. And while there are many rather obvious genres (i.e. racing, sports, third-person action, etc.), there's one in particular that has NanaOn-Sha president Masaya Matsuura especially excited.
As VideoGamer reports, the creator of the rhythm-based music games PaRappa the Rapper and the recent Wii title Major Minor's Majestic March said during this year's Develop Conference:
"We are thinking about ideas. I think any kind of interaction with a camera will be good for music games, but the important thing will be how we can find the new breed of gameplay...Guitar Hero
and Rock Band
and The Beatles: Rock Band
, is just taking traditional rock music. Of course there are so many rock fans on the earth, so they will have a huge impact for the market. But there is other attractive music, so please try to find another style, another interaction, another gameplay with another type of music."
The most obvious use of Natal in terms of a music game would have to be Air Guitar Hero, but I have a feeling that might be too tricky to program, so that one will probably never get past the "joke project" phase. Honestly though, it's not too hard to imagine a game where players hit onscreen icons in sync with music, however that hardly seems like the kind of revolutionary thinking Matsuura is hoping to cultivate.
Any ideas for Natal-based music games? Would you be interested in full-body motion-controlled rhythm game?