Microsoft Kinect has yet to received downloadable Xbox Live Arcade games that support the Kinect camera. Now, according to report, next week, Fruit Ninja Kinect will be made available for download exclusively for the Xbox 360 game controller.
According to CVG, Xbox Live European product marketing manager Robin Burrowes said, “We’re targeting a frequency of about one a month from the Xbox Live Arcade portfolio that will have Kinect integration. That will really be powerful and differentiate the platform.” So far, it’s not clear which Xbox Live Arcade games will join Fruit Ninja in adding Kinect support.
Quotes from Burrowes:
“Obviously we have Xbox Live Arcade exclusives running through the Summer of Arcade programme, but yes, you can expect far more exclusives coming to the platform in future,” Robin Burrowes, Xbox Live product marketing manager for EMEA [Europe, Middle East and Africa], told CVG.
“I can’t give you those names today – we’ll announce them in due course – but you have the trust factor of the legacy of titles we’ve launched in the past.
“Talking more specifically, expect to see more from us – as Microsoft studios – as we leverage the power of Kinect; expect to see a number of Kinect Arcade titles coming. We’re targeting a frequency of about one a month from the Xbox Live Arcade portfolio that will have Kinect integration. That will really be powerful and differentiate the platform.
“But you can also expect also to continue to create the traditional, core games – particularly sequels of successful titles on the platform coming very soon indeed.”
Discussing Microsoft’s Kinect XBLA titles more specifically, Burrrowes said that Live integration in the “first wave” of Kinect games was “perhaps not fully demonstrated”.
“The opportunity with the second wave of titles – Kinect Sports 2, for example, Dance Central – is fantastic,” he added. “They’re really going to peak that connectivity [between Kinect and Live] more obviously.”
Microsoft has a ton of major retail Xbox 360 games coming up in the near future that’ll support the Kinect camera controller. They include third party published titles like Ghost Recon Future Warrior, Mass Effect 3 and more with EA’s Sports games joining the Kinect line up in 2012.
A number of Microsoft published games are also scheduled to have Kinect support, such as Fable: The Journey, Ryse, Star Wars Kinect (co-published with LucasArts), Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary and many more.