Spielberg ‘throws away’ current work to focus on ‘heart-breaking’ Natal

Tuesday, 2nd June 2009 12:48 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Steven Spielberg has told the BBC that everything he’s working on with EA is now in the bin. Why? Because now he’s got Natal.

“I’m currently making videogames through EA, and right now I’m so excited to be able to write for [Natal],” he said, talking alongside MS entertainment boss Don Mattrick after the Microsoft E3 press conference last night.

“That’s what I’m most excited about, because it sort of changes the paradigm of what I would have written for last week, now all that has been thrown away and it’s a whole new world, a whole new beginning.”

The body-sensing tech, the creator said, will pull down the barriers experienced by many when they first pick up a game controller.

“This is going to try to bring those that are intimidated or scared of the technology, with what the buttons do or what the controller does, this is going to give people that don’t usually play videogames access to a whole new world that we know is compelling but they haven’t quite discovered yet,” he said.

“I think they’ll discover it through Natal.”

Spielberg added that Natal is a step in allowing developers to create truly emotional content.

“I don’t really know of a convergence, and I can’t give you a date for convergence, but so far, the videogame industry has not allowed us the opportunity to cry while we’re playing a videogame because we’re too busy putting our adrenaline rush into the controller, or to wherever we have to swing our arm with the Wii controller, to get a result, to achieve a level of success,” he said.

“Because of that there’s no room for a videogame to break your heart. I think, in terms of a technology, we have a little more room, to be much more emotional with the Natal technology than we ever have before.”

You must watch that interview. Hit this for details on the Nintendo and Sony conferences today. Let’s see if they can do better than this.



  1. Blerk

    Boom Blox 360 confirmed!

    #1 6 years ago

    Go back to making films about sharks, Steve.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Suikoden Fan

    That’ll make EA happy

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    It’ll certainly make Microsoft happy.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. blackdreamhunk

    lol natal was a pc gaming product first.:P natal is system that would work better for onlive rather xbox 360. I have to agree natal could work.

    #5 6 years ago


    You really are relentless! LOL!

    I give you 10/10 for effort.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Psychotext

    Natal with onlive… yes, that would be a great idea.


    #7 6 years ago
  8. anasui

    I thought he started throwing away his work with Indy 4

    and all of this to work on the new Eyetoy…oh god, real-time writing the new chapter in videogame flops, cannot miss this one

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Gekidami

    When someone wants the whole games industry to be made up of casual mini games can they really be considered a gamer?

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Suikoden Fan


    #10 6 years ago
  11. Michael O'Connor

    ““I don’t really know of a convergence, and I can’t give you a date for convergence, but so far, the videogame industry has not allowed us the opportunity to cry while we’re playing a videogame because we’re too busy putting our adrenaline rush into the controller,”

    The guy clearly hasn’t played Ico.

    The ending of that game made me bawl like a complete baby for half an hour… =’(

    #11 6 years ago
  12. BillyBatts

    Jeez, he’s starting to look old isn’t he?

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Gekidami

    Casual gamer movie director whose full of himself proves that he knows nothing. plenty of games can make a person emotional which is more then i can say for his movies.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Morrius

    Jurassic Park: Natal edition.



    #14 6 years ago
  15. JonFE

    What about Natal support for that next-gen Indiana Jones action-adventure LucasArts were working on? Can you imagine the possibilities?

    Oh come on Steven – you know you want to!


    #15 6 years ago
  16. Gekidami

    What possibilities exactly?

    #16 6 years ago
  17. JonFE

    Acting the part of Indy throughout the game of course! Punching and kicking and whipping your enemies for starters!

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Gekidami

    So it wouldnt be an action adventure any more but a sort of on-rails RPG…?

    #18 6 years ago
  19. pleasant_cabbage

    Why would it need to be on rails? They’ve already demoed camera head tracking and movement by just moving one foot and this works with the pad too.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. JonFE

    On the contrary, all the action could be pretty much live. Moving/running forward could be assigned to a standard controller, but fighting and interacting with the environment left to Natal.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Gekidami

    So you would have to switch between the pad and your bear hands? Sounds awkward, unless you want to swing the pad as if it were a weapon i guess…

    #21 6 years ago
  22. JonFE

    I’m quite positive that if they can accurately detect and analyze in real time all those body movements they showed on the video (and I realize that is a very big IF) detecting walking would be the least of their problems, so maybe a pad isn’t actually necessary. Running on the other hand could prove problematic.

    However, holding the pad while performing the various actions could also work – it’s not that heavy anyway.

    Anyway, the proof is in the pudding, as they say (is that an actual phrase? – English is not my native language)… If MS can get Natal to work as demonstrated, an action game like that may prove to be feasible easier than, say, Lionhead’s Milo project…

    #22 6 years ago
  23. anasui

    yes, phrase is correct, altho it’d be more like Proof of the pudding is the eating

    it definitely proves something. It proves that my girlfriend can’t do pudding for shit

    #23 6 years ago
  24. JonFE

    Thanks anasui for the clarification!

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Suikoden Fan

    My mate said imagine the sex games you could have with Natal, i’m not sure how to respond to him

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Cort

    “…right now I’m so excited to be able to write for [Natal]“.

    Woohoo. Aliens and happy endings for morons.

    #26 6 years ago

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