Microsoft To 'Triple' Its Kinect Game Portfolio This Year
Written Friday, May 13, 2011 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
With Kinect enjoying an installed user base of millions, Microsoft has declared that it's set to up its game in terms of support for the motion-tracking device with 'triple' the number of games in the Kinect portfolio before the year is out.
"Between now and the end of the year, the Kinect game portfolio is expected to triple its current number of games with new titles," reads an excerpt from a press release posted on the Official Microsoft Blog, which also trumpets the platform holder's strong NPD figures for April 2011.
Apparently, there are 26 Kinect games currently available, with a further 26 in development. Does that mean therefore, that Microsoft has a further 26 titles yet to be announced? If it's planning to make good on its claims of tripling its Kinect game output, then expect Microsoft to announce a raft of Kinect titles in the coming months.
"We've seen some of the media start to ask the question, 'When are we going to see more Kinect games coming?'," Microsoft Product Manager David Dennis told Joystiq. "As we sat there and looked at it we realised we've got a lot of games coming and we're going to show a lot of them at E3."
So, expect a huge E3 for Microsoft this year as far as Kinect is concerned. But what of the device's neglected core audience? Will MS address this? Apparently, it will: "We know that the core took Xbox and made it the home for core games, whether they're first-party games or third-party games. We would certainly never leave that audience behind," Dennis said. "So for us and for Phil [Spencer] and the folks over at MGS, it's not about deprioritising one or the other. It's about how we go big on any and all: Go big on Kinect games; go big on core games."
Plenty of core games from Microsoft at E3 2011, then? It looks like it. "We certainly expect to have a big E3 and we're saving a lot of our cards until then," Dennis concluded. Exciting stuff!