Natal could add “Minority Report-type feeling” to console RTS

Wednesday, 15th July 2009 12:25 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Speaking to VG247 at Develop today, Endwar dev boss Michael de Plater has suggested that Natal could breathe new life into the difficult world of console RTS.

“Natal doesn’t only have the camera, but the microphone as well,” he said. “The combination of voice and gesture could be really powerful and immersive.

“You could definitely drag selection boxes, and you could definitely point with enough precision to tell people where to go.”

He added: “You’d absolutely have that Minority Report-type feeling.”

The Ubisoft chief – now moved from heading up the company’s Shanghai studio to Montpelier in France – cited the appearance of upcoming RTS RUSE working on Microsoft’s touch-screen Surface table at E3 this year as an example of how Natal may affect console strategy.

“One of the coolest things I saw at E3 this year was RUSE being played on a Surface table,” he said.

“Obviously, not everyone’s going to have a Surface table, but on the Surface you’re playing with gestures. You’re moving your hands to select, and you’re pointing. They’re really intuitive natural gestures.

“If the technology works, so you could translate the interface they’ve already got working really well on RUSE into Natal, it could work very, very well.”

There’s no date on Natal’s release as yet.



  1. Lutz

    “You could definite drag selection boxes”

    Sentence are wrong.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    Edited. Ta.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Tonka

    “The combination of voice and gesture could be really powerful and immersive.”

    Yeah. No. Voice commands are a no go for me.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. lelik

    here’s what would get me to buy an xbox 360 and natal:

    a game in which the main mechanic is beating/killing a hooker with either my fists or objects i scan in. i could scan in the tony hawk ride board and beat her down with that. think of all the different vegetables you could scan in once shes dead.

    in fact this game would save the xbox.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Tonka

    Buy this

    #5 6 years ago
  6. scratchy69

    We all know that for the pinpoint, lightning fast controls that gamers require this is never going to work better than a joypad or mouse/keyboard combination.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. lelik

    wow i clicked that, with my mastercard out and didn’t see a single hooker i could beat. you’re useless.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Psychotext

    I’m pretty sold on hooker beating as a killer app.

    #8 6 years ago

    We don’t know that until we’ve tried, and therefore know how accurate this thing is Scratchy.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    All I know is that silly PS3 eye game where you move the creatures around the screen with your hands and guide them to the exit is a pretty impressive tech demo toward the whole “minority report” hand movement/control thing concept.

    I can definitely see Natal and things like it coming out of the gate strong.

    #10 6 years ago

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