With CES having finished on January 10th, the last bit of news and developer reactions are hitting the web. In terms of what effects Xbox gamers, we are seeing a great deal of talk about the future of Natal. Microsoft President of Entertainment and Devices, Robbie Bach, has stated the we should expect to see Natal released during the 2010 holiday season. Even more exciting for the crew over at Microsoft is the current estimate that 70-80% of their third party developers are making games for the Natal control system.
Senior Executive Christian Svensson of Capcom stated, "We're gonna make a 'gamer's game' for Natal using something amongst our brand history." Though he refused to give many specifics, by all accounts he seemed very pleased with what they were planning. Svensson went on to say, "We're not going to be at launch, just to temper the expectations. We're gonna cook something and it's gonna to take a while to cook."
No word has been giving as to whether or not the games will have a traditional controller option or not, though it is likely the option will be available.
It is known that the creator of Mega Man and head of Capcom R&D, Keiji Inafune, is extremely excited about the new control peripheral. In fact, Capcom is joining a long list of established developers including Activision, Bethesda, EA, Konami, Square Enix,, along with famous game personalities like Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid) and Toshihiro Nagoshi (Yakuza, Monkey Ball). With rumors that Microsoft plans on not developing a next-generation system at this point in time, they are setting the stage for a massive push for their new peripheral. Natal appears to be their strategy to increase their overall market saturation. The 360 is here to stay, and obviously Microsoft will need to reinvent it occasionally to compete on a more long term basis.
Microsoft is so sure of the success of their peripheral Aaron Greenberg told Joystiq, "We think that there will be millions of Natals in consumer's homes this holiday." With so many 360's already in homes to date (aproximately 28 million sold to date, 17.7 million with Live Accounts), and the explosive 2008 sales figures in regards to Nintendo's Wii Fit, sales to the tune of 1.7 million, maybe Natal will have the saturation its parent company is looking for.
I know you all still hate this idea, but do you think it will be successful? Seems a lot of people are behind it.