Today's news roundup sees three prominent game developers praise Natal at Tokyo Game Show, the PSP 3000 receiving a price cut in Japan, Modern Warfare 2 failing to make much of an impact at TGS, and the next Gears of War possibly seeing release on the next generation of consoles.
Game Developers Worship Natal
Following Microsoft’s announcement of more Project Natal related discussion, Hideo kojima (director of Metal Gear Series), Keiji Inafune (head of development at Capcom), and Toshihiro Nagoshi (producer of Yakuza and Monkey Ball Series), took the stage in a press conference dedicated to all things Natal. No games were revealed for the device, the conference was more focused on discussing what the Natal can do and its potential uses. In typical Hideo fashion, Kojima claimed Natal was so revolutionary it will change people’s lives.
Natal will even have power over the way people can develop their muscles according to Kojima, although this is likely to be in the same way Wii Fit can influence muscle development and fitness. The other developers were equally rapturous; with Inafune claiming Natal will be a new horizon for games, rejecting the idea of it being a fad. Natal would allow more emotional connection with gamers, thanks to its ability to read facial expressions. Nagoshi hailed it as the next step in gaming. Basically they praised the thing to the high heavens for an hour or so. Hopefully some solid gaming plans for the Natal will be announced within the next few months. [1UP]
PSP 3000 Price Cut Hits Japan
With the PSP Go on the way, the original PSP may be in for a price cut; Japan is already headed for one at least. Sony announced at a Japanese press conference they intend to slash the price of the PSP-3000 to 16,800 yen (roughly £115). The move will come into effect this October, and so far only applies to Japan. The PSP 3000 isn’t that much more expensive in the UK, so a price seems unlikely for now. [Kotaku]
Modern Warfare 2 Not a Big Hit In Japan
Modern Warfare 2 has the ability to draw gigantic crowds with eager fans clamouring to get a look here in the UK. In Japan it can barely excite 3 people. Square Enix are tasked with publishing Modern Warfare 2 in Japan, but despite the large area dedicated to the game at Tokyo Game Show, only a few people took notice.
Instead the Japanese crowd were checking out Final Fantasy XIII, Yakuza 4 and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. In all fairness though, the game wasn’t playable, leading the crowds away to something they can get their hands on. Just amusing considering if the same were available over here or the U.S.A fans would be tearing each other’s faces off just to get a look. [1UP]
Next Gears Could Be On Next-Gen Consoles
Epic games President Michael Capps let slip during a Q&A session at Tokyo Game Show that the next Gears of War will only appear on the next generation of consoles. Epic has been busy working on Unreal Engine 4 during the past seven years in anticipation of the next round of consoles. “If there were a next Gears of War, that will be for the next console generation, whenever that is. If someone knows, please tell me! That's about four or five years away, I think” said Capps.
He later retracted his comments, claiming he “misspoke.” Capps explained he meant if a new Gears of War were to appear in the next four or five years, it will appear on current consoles. However if it was based on Unreal Engine 4, it will have to wait until the next generation. Considering the popularity of the Gears series it’s highly likely we’ll see a new Gears of War in the next four or five years on current consoles. [EuroGamer]