Bach: “70 or 80% of publishers” developing games with Natal

By Johnny Cullen, Monday, 11 January 2010 21:22 GMT


Speaking at CES last week, Microsoft’s Robbie Bach has revealed that over “70 or 80 percent of the publishers in the world” are currently working with Project Natal.

Speaking in an interview with CBC, he said:

“We have something like 70% or 80% of the publishers in the world already doing Natal-based games. Our first party studios are [also] very focused on this. We want to have a few titles from Microsoft that show the way and then we want the breadth and power of the ecosystem from our partners to bring lots of new ideas, new innovations, new concepts to the marketplace.”

Bach further added: “Part of the reason we showed Natal at [E3 2009] — which is actually a little bit risky to be honest because it’s a new technology, very cutting edge and relatively early in its development — is that we wanted third-party publishers to know that it was real and we wanted them to have developer kits and to get them working on it.

Microsoft revealed last week at the event that Natal will be out this holiday season.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.



CES 2010

Project Natal

  • Dance Central almost had its own hardware

    It’s hard to imagine that Dance Central was in development before Kinect was even announced, but Harmonix is now saying that the game was slated to have its own peripheral before Project Natal hit the scene.

  • Toulouse: Kinect is the "perfect name"

    Microsoft’s director of policy and enforcement for Xbox Live  Stephen Toulouse has said that he believes Kinect is the perfect name for the motion device previously known as Project Natal.

Robbie Bach