'Large' Microsoft Franchise Coming to Project Natal

As Microsoft continues to staff up for Project Natal, a job listing uncovered by CVG indicates that a "large franchise" is in the works for the motion-sensitive Xbox 360 add-on.

However, the identity of that franchise remains unclear, as it's discussed in vague terms.

Specifically, the listing is for a senior Project Natal level designer, one that "can create innovative game-play solutions for a large franchise" with "a clear understanding and experience creating mission/environment design, look and feel, AI, combat, strategy, game-flow, and balance." The listing adds that "we want somebody who can put forth ideas without fear, and build off other people's zany creations."

Whatever the game turns out to be, it won't be the only big franchise on Project Natal. Late last week, Microsoft detailed how Fable III will take advantage of the add-on, and a number of other publishers have committed to supporting the add-on. Some, like Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, have vowed to release compatible titles when it hits this holiday season, with Capcom readying a "gamer's game" for a bit further out.

From The Chatty
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    February 16, 2010 10:14 AM

    please let mass effect 3 not come to natal

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      February 16, 2010 10:58 AM

      It would be sweet in little sections, like the galactic map. You play normally with the controller, but when you open the map you control it minority report-style by waving your hands, etc. I can see lots of games having this type of implementation.

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        February 16, 2010 11:02 AM

        Unless you dip your fingers in different color paint before doing that, i have a hard time beliving a cheap camera can track your fingers like that.

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          February 16, 2010 11:19 AM

          I doubt it'll be a "cheap camera". I think they're putting too much effort into it to just toss a MS webcam into a black plastic bar.

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            February 16, 2010 11:28 AM

            Intelligent thought prevails! OH NOES! lol

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          February 16, 2010 11:21 AM

          Someone had a hard time believing that a box with vacuum tubes could do math. They said they would never trust the results of such a rediculous contraption.

          Someone had a hard time believing you could make any money off a box that just put ping pong on the TV screen. They said it was just a fad, ping pong isn't even that popular, and would be over with in a few months.

          Someone had a hard time believing video games would ever become main stream media. Sure, they thought the novelty would hang around for kids, but they couldn't believe grown men and women would be playing with this kids toy.

          Someone had a hard time believing a lot of things because they had absolutely no ability to see past their own limited Bias. Xerox lost the mouse to this, some dude had DOS swindled from him for it, and I'm sure theres more examples but the point is: Your thoughts on the matter are woefully near sighted.

          Someone had a hard time believing a camera could detect faces in a shot before the picture was taken. They were sure false positives would make people turn the feature off, or WHATEVER, but the point is, where is it now? In almost every point and shoot you can buy.

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            February 17, 2010 4:54 AM

            Are you comparing a cheap game Peripheral to some of the most important pushes of modern technology. Fanboy, thy name is haysoos.

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              February 17, 2010 1:03 PM

              The fanboy arguement is tired and old. "oh, you don't hate it, you must be a fanboy!" That is about as base and retarded as it gets, you might as well call me a communist or some other retarded such "catch all" our society uses.

              I'm TRYING to make a point many technolgies were scoffed at in the past, indeed were considered as lowly as a "cheap game peripheral" only to BECOME "important pushes of modern technology". The only difference is the difference between foresight and hindsight. In fact, the mouse is a perfect example, it was sold off because the execs at Xerox saw it as some kinda useless toy. NOW WHERE THE FUCK IS IT?

              Also, I would hardly call this a "cheap game peripheral". It might end up being a gimmick, or it might end up becoming the new mouse. They may find almost no "gaming" potential, but instead find a very real use for the technology outside of it's intended market. Theres a guy thats going to make MILLIONS on a automatic projector alignment system that he started devising using nintendo Wiimotes.

              So I guess you simply helped me make my point with your shortsighted attempt to discredit me with the dumbest of attempted insults. Yes, thank you for showing your lack of ability to recognize potential because that WAS my point, that your position, your exact statement perhaps, has been on the losing side of many arguements about what technology will take off or not.

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                February 17, 2010 1:05 PM

                That thing about the wiimotes is an example of a "cheap gaming peripheral" being used "outside of it's intended market". In case you need that ind of thing spelled out.

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                  February 17, 2010 1:15 PM

                  No, see, a fanboy isn't someone who likes something. A fanboy, like you, is someone who compares the next thing provided to them and hyped by a major dealer, runs with it like a mad-hatter, and then calls "HUR HUR RETARD" on anyone who disagrees. Your intense fire at rebuffing me only goes to show just how up in Microsoft's rump you really are.

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                    February 17, 2010 4:27 PM

                    I am a fucking NERD moron, I am 10 times more excited about something as mundane as a new UI than I am about anything game related. I LOVE technology and am a huge fanboy of gadgets. I don't give a fuck who makes it.

                    The first thing I would do with natal is try to hack it for use on a computer, then try to figure out how to make it work for web browsing. Its touch screen from across the room is all I see.

                    But thats my point again, I am a fan of the technology, so you very crudely assume that I HAVE to be a fanboy of the company making it. I bet you can't tell the difference between causation and correlation, can you.

                    One great example, since you really need the simplest things explained to you like you were 4 years old, is the microsoft touch desk thing. It was a multitouch screen mounted on a table top, this was before any multitouch stuff was on the market. Shortsightedly, I called it retarded and assumed nothing of any use would come of it, but now we are up to our assholes in multitouch screens, I have one in my pocket, my iPod Touch. Its fucking awesome and I fucking hate apple.

                    Wait, because I like the iPod, do I have to be an apple fanboy too? I think its impossible to be a microsoft fanboy and an apple fanboy, so you are going to have to tell me where your retard logic fits here.

                    But you are too dumb to get the point, just a fucking troll, I just was hoping someone else might see the potential of a device like this. Heres some examples off the top of my head:

                    1. This would allow a surgeon in an operating room to operate a compuer without touching anything or moving from their position. How would this be helpful? I have no idea.

                    2. Musicians could use this with protools or any music production software to more intuitively arrange music, adjust parameters, etc etc.

                    Thats all I got at the moment, but then again, I suck at this, its not my job. But the point is, technology often has mulitple applications and usually outside of it's intended application. The strength of technology doesn't just stand on it's own, its very dependant on it's application, not its "killer app"

                    But fuck it man, be dumb, assume I'm a fanboy because you have the intellectual capacity of a caterpillar. It's cool, at this point, it only makes you look dumb. :D

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                    February 17, 2010 4:42 PM

                    last thought, the thing I'm most excited about with natal is what the linux people are going to do when they start hacking it. That makes me a MS fanboy? Being excited about linux? Does the fact that I will never buy it make me a fanboy..? Oh, wait, I guess the fact that I pirated my copy of XP and hate the new windows bullshit makes me a fanboy, huh?


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                      February 18, 2010 6:23 AM

                      No, it just makes you a nerd with a raging inferiority complex who resorts to flame-warring on video-game forums to feel some self-worth.

                      GG bro, GG.

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                        February 18, 2010 8:33 AM

                        Ya know, you're right. I was heated yesterday and made an ass of myself. It's not a lack of self worth, its a matter of just being angry at people who only hear what they choose to hear. Basically, I got baited by a troll and it worked, shame on me.

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      February 16, 2010 12:24 PM

      As long as it comes out for PC, that's all that matters.

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      February 16, 2010 1:20 PM

      Bill Gates said that Natal comes to PC too. It will make a great addition during conversations like reaching out for somebody, head-tracking and so on. But if it doesn't come to PC, I'd prefer Mass Effect 3 not having any Natal support. Don't want gimped experience.

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