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From Exoskeleton MoCon to Black Ops' One Man Army - News Roundup 4th June 2010

Jonathan Lester
Call of Duty: Black Ops, Forcetek, Games news, Lord of the Rings Online, Motion Control, Treyarch, Turbine, XIO
Call of Duty: Black Ops

Treyarch: No Black Ops Campaign Co-Op

From Exoskeleton MoCon to Black Ops' One Man Army - News Roundup 4th June 2010

Previous Treyarch press releases and interviews have confirmed that Black Ops will feature four-player cooperative play... but apparently they were being very literal with their wordplay when they said that it would feature "singleplayer, co-op and competitive multiplayer". Speaking with MTV, Treyarch head honcho Mark Lamia has confirmed that the Black Ops' campaign will be a strictly solo affair (conflicting with several earlier reports).

“Single-player is the epic, cinematic, seat-of-your-pants thrill ride that you star in. Co-op is for when you want to have a blast with your friends, just sitting on the couch and having an awesome experience. We’re crafting unique co-op modes around that experience, but it is different than what people think.”

Considering that the trailers promise us a blockbuster-style cinematic experience, this isn't a particularly surprising move; and the smart money's on a standalone SpecOps mode. However, this is Treyarch we're talking about...and they have everything to prove. Personally, I'm secretly carrying a torch for Vietnam zombies. [MTV Multiplayer]

LOTR Online Goes Free-to-Play This Fall

From Exoskeleton MoCon to Black Ops' One Man Army - News Roundup 4th June 2010

This one's half news, half deal and all good. Turbine's three year old MMORPG has been languishing behind its competitors- and with Bioware's Old Republic just around the corner, they've elected to completely revamp their pricing structure.

Lord of the Rings Online will be free to download and play this Autumn- and will make its money through microtransactions for premium content. Hopefully this will give the Turbine's RPG a new lease of life, and frankly, it'll be a lot better than many of the other free MMOs out there. [LOTRO]

XIO Exoskeleton will Debut at E3

From Exoskeleton MoCon to Black Ops' One Man Army - News Roundup 4th June 2010

As you know, the motion control war is well and truly on. Microsoft and Sony are going head to head in order to get us off the sofa, with Nintendo gradually digging into an uncomfortable defensive position. However, independent company Forcetek has come out of nowhere with all guns blazing... bringing us what they believe to be the next logical step in MoCon controller technology: a Full Body Exoskeleton.

Recently featured on an episode of Channel 5's Gadget Show, the XIO (pronounced zee-oh, in case you were interested) Exoskeleton is a lightweight device that straps to the user's and provides force feedback for the entire body. Originally designed to aid in physical therapy, the XIO has been adapted for videogame applications. Forcetek's Ryan Christoff explained the full story to 1UP:

"If you're punching somebody [in a boxing game] and you make contact with the other boxer, you would actually be able to feel it. You're going to feel it stop. Our resistance modules are going to engage and you're going to be able to feel that." -Ryan Christoff to 1UP

Apparently the XIO's shoulder unit will be debuting at this year's E3 linked to a playble PC demo- and it's likely that the greaves and chestplate will follow depending on the interest Forcetek manages to attract.

Christoff promises that the XIO's price will be "very competitive with what's out there already"... but considering that Natal will offer full-body motion capture without the need to strap into a restrictive suit, it'll be exploiting a very niche market. E3 will [1UP]

Okay...so we've got a glorified EyeToy, a Wiimote ripoff and a suit of armour vying for our money and attention... but I'm not convinced that Motion Control will genuinely offer us a gaming revolution. Processing power has typically been the primary driving force behind gaming innovation, after all. Would you buy the XIO...or any Motion Control peripheral for that matter? Let us know in the comments!

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Brendan Griffiths  Jun. 4, 2010 at 17:42

The Xio looks interesting, but it'll probably flop as it's looks like it'll cost too much for mass consumption.

Not got much interest in Natal (I still enjoy buttons). PS Move, might be ok as it looks to have better control and range of movement than the Wii.

The pad beats all though in fairness and I can't see it disappearing anytime soon.

Brendan Griffiths  Jun. 4, 2010 at 17:45

Out of Xio, Move, Wii and Natal the main thing is, you'll still hate yourself when you've been playing for 2 hours with the curtains open.

Wii/Move isn't so bad as you have a controller. Natal you'll look mental and Xio you'll look like you're practicing for a part in a crappy sci-fi show.

DragonChris  Jun. 4, 2010 at 19:54

XIO won't happen. The peripheral will cost too much, be too bulky to store and people will feel like idiots wearing it once the novelty wears off (i.e. after their first play).

And as stated, Natal will be stealing the thunder. I do like the idea of feeling forces in XIO though - a grenade explosion could be hilarous :) Crotch shots in game may turn into a form of cyber prostitution...

Matt Gardner  Jun. 4, 2010 at 22:25

Let's face it, Mo-Con will suck for games and we'll all have a spin for novelty's sake before going back to our beloved game pads...or you know...the Wii. What I'm most interested in, perhaps bizarrely, is functionality outside gaming. I want Minority Report-style menus, media selection at the wave of a hand, Twitter I can write with my voice dammit!

Have seen nothing from Natal to particularly impress me aside from the same tech demo over and over again and all the Move marketing and vids have been gimmicks without real execution.

Out of all of them, Move has the best chance of them all to produce what everyone really wants....Mo-Con Jedi Knight! Think of the swordfights! Think of the precision!!! But you'd have to have a blade peripheral to hide the fact that it looks like a sex aid.

TheIllegitimateSonofGunn  Jun. 4, 2010 at 22:57

That LOTR news will suck for people who've just bought a lifetime subscription.

Unless of course it stays a premium MMO in the UK like Dungeons and Dragons did as they're both overseen by Codemasters :(

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