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Microsoft's New Vancouver Studio to Aim Kinect Support at Shooters

Microsoft has opened a new studio in Vancouver aptly titled Microsoft Game Studios Vancouver. According to Gamasutra, the studio will be working on “a core AAA shooter experience using Kinect.” The news comes from an online resume, which states, “Over the course of the year, our studio strategy has changed and now focuses on developing a core AAA shooter experience using Kinect.”

With companies like Twisted Pixel and Q Entertainment developing more core games, it's only appropriate that Microsoft steps up, as well. So far, the Kinect has been a destination for casual, family-oriented experiences. As we moved further away from launch, Microsoft promised they'd move further away from the simplistic experiences the device currently offers.

That means mixing in controller support or simply working within more core genres. The bigger issue lately is getting out any games at all. While the releases of the two aforementioned titles are approaching, little has been produced outside of the exercise and mini-game collections the device now has a reputation for.

Hopefully, E3 will bring many announcements about Kinect's future. If this “core AAA shooter” is coming, so could many other titles, as well. Perhaps the bigger question is whether anyone will want to play them by the time they arrive.

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Joe Donato Video games became an amazing, artful, interactive story-driven medium for me right around when I played Panzer Dragoon Saga on Sega Saturn. Ever since then, I've wanted to be a part of this industry. Somewhere along the line I, possibly foolishly, decided I'd rather write about them than actually make them. So here I am.
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