Cliff Bleszinski: Natal won’t replace traditional gaming

Monday, 20th July 2009 19:05 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Epic Games poster boy Cliff Bleszinski doesn’t think Microsoft’s Project Natal will set the traditional gaming world afire. However, he still thinks it’s a pretty great idea.

“If there’s any future Gears products [coughs elaborately], it’s not the kind of thing you tag onto a game like that, right?” he said on Major Nelson’s podcast.

“So what you have is the 360 which has captured a lot of the video viewing audience [with] movies and Netflix, it’s captured a lot of the online gaming, it’s captured a lot of the hardcore games, and you know segue that in, so now you have your yoga programme, now you have your dodgeball thing, you have the creepy kid Milo who wants to drown you in the pond – you can do all of it.”

“Will it replace traditional gaming? No, but it’s another amazing way that we can expand the gaming experience to a wider audience and enhance what’s already there,” he concluded.

No Gears of War yoga/party baby sim, then? Oh Cliffy, say it ain’t so.

Via Eurogamer.



  1. fearmonkey

    For an FPS, I could see Natal’s head tracking being used. For gears, with it’s third person and movement style, I’m not sure how it could be utilized well.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. warlock7

    For once CliffyB isn’t talking out his ass.

    Natal is the answer to a question that nobody asked.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. anasui

    *still waiting with a cuppa tea and toffish grin*

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Hunam

    I think Natal is going to work better as a windows addon than it is a 360. Could get some really cool OS apps going, Minority Report style.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. bugmenot

    Natal is an idea ahead of its time, its designed for holographic telly, its pretty inappriopriate for gaming on current 2d displays

    #5 6 years ago
  6. warlock7

    An “idea ahead of it’s time”? Yeah, like Surface… A $10,000 washtub with a monitor in it.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. freedoms_stain

    I hope not, I don’t find this scale of motion control appealing except for looking round corners and shit.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. SticKboy

    I’m still far more excited by Sony’s controller… and I don’t even own a PS3 (yet).

    #8 6 years ago

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