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Microsoft Announces Major Development And Publishing Support For Project Natal

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Posted September 23, 2009 - By pklepek


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Project Natal

Microsoft has announced that some heavy hitters will be supporting its upcoming Project Natal motion controller. In a press release issued prior to the start of Tokyo Game Show, the company revealed:

"Among the elite publishers actively working on games for Project Natal are Activision Blizzard, Bethesda Softworks, Capcom, Disney Interactive, Electronic Arts, Konami, MTV Games, Namco Bandai, Sega, Square Enix, THQ Inc. and Ubisoft. Together, these publishers account for more than 70 percent of third-party software sales for this generation of console and most of the world’s most recognized video game franchises.

Underscoring the widespread enthusiasm for Project Natal among the industry’s top creative forces, Xbox 360 is hosting a high-powered panel at the Tokyo Game Show featuring three acclaimed Japanese industry luminaries: Capcom’s Keiji Inafune, creator of Mega Man and Dead Rising, Sega’s Toshihiro Nagoshi, creator of Super Monkey Ball, and Konami’s Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear Solid series. The three developers will discuss the possibilities for the groundbreaking new experiences that can only be achieved with Project Natal."

Not surprisingly, Microsoft has several major publishers committed to Natal. What's more interesting is that is has the attention of prominent Japanese developers. Don't get me wrong, I realize that Kojima-san loves oddball projects (see Boktai), but Microsoft has never been a big force in Japan. Then again, a lot of Japanese developers are looking for a gateway to the West and perhaps that's what they see with Natal.

What do you make of Microsoft's announcement? Any surprises there? 

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