Dev kits shipping late March, pre-orders open today.
Update: Here’s the Young Conker reveal video above. Erm.
Original story: The development kit for Microsoft’s augmented reality system HoloLens will begin shipping March 30 and cost $3,000.
The hardware comes with three games to showcase it; Young Conker, Fragments and RoboRaid.
Young Conker is based on the original foul-mouthed squirrel, but is developed by Asobo Studios, not Rare. Gameplay is said to change according to the environment.
“It is amazing how different the play experience feels based on playing the game in your living room versus your kitchen or your bedroom,” said Microsoft’s Kudo Tsunoda, in an official blog post that went live ahead of the official announcement, but has since been pulled, not before being captured on Reddit.
“Even starting the game from a different position in a single room creates an entirely new gameplay dynamic.”
Fragments in a crime drama where players interact with character that sit in their living room. It’s also created by Asobo Studios.
“Fragments blends the line between the digital world and the real world more than any other experience we built. When your living room has been used as the set for a story, it generates memories for you of what digitally happened in your space like it was real. It is an experience that bridges the uncanny valley of your mind and delivers a new form of storytelling like never before,” said Tsunoda.
RoboRaid was shown at E3 last year as Project X-Ray, and it’s a FPS with aliens bursting through your living room walls.
The development kit comes with other apps for creating games and an enhanced edition of Skype.
Pre-orders will begin today, once Microsoft makes the announcement official.