No Kinect Support or Individual Online Doubles for Top Spin 4
Written Thursday, January 20, 2011 By Dan WebbView author's profile
Speaking to X360A at a recent Top Spin 4 event, 2K Czech President, Stephane Dupas, told us that the upcoming Top Spin 4 would not function with Kinect or even include the fan-requested individual console doubles.
In iterations gone-by, Top Spin’s online doubles was only playable if you had your doubles partner sat next to you on the couch. Individual play was not permitted, and according to Dupas, things aren’t set to change in the upcoming sequel.
“The thing you really want to understand is, we care a lot about the technical performance, you know, we don’t want lag to be disturbing the result of the game,” said Dupas.
“From the test we had, four consoles, with the sort of gameplay and the faster volleys, we were not happy with the result. Depending on the lag, you would win or lose. This is not something we were happy with. So for this time: Top Spin 4, online doubles, two consoles.”
Can we expect the implementation of it in future iterations? If the words of Dupas are anything to go by, don’t hold your breath.
“Well, for us I would not say that this is one of the main priorities for our development. We’re always trying, one Top Spin after another, to make the gameplay more interesting and to push the visuals. I think this keeps us busy enough.”
To rub a little more salt into the wounds of Xbox 360 owners, although Top Spin 4 will support the PlayStation Move controller, Dupas told us that Kinect would not be supported.
“The difficulty with Kinect, how are you going to move your character around? With the motion controller, you can move with the thumbstick and do the shots with the gesture, which is quite nice. Kinect, it was difficult for us to find a good way to move your character around.”
Is this controllerless motion capture device all it’s cracked up to be then, if it’s asking questions that certain developers can’t answer, or is it just that 2K Czech aren’t the right people to answer them?
I, myself, would have thought that moving around in the game space would have worked, oh you know, like a certain Kinect Sports table tennis title.
Top Spin 4 is set for a March release. In the meantime, why not have a read of our wonderful Top Spin 4 preview and don’t forget to check back later for our full interview with Dupas.