Frontier has said its feline-filled Kinectimals does not use any technology based on Lionhead’s Milo & Kate, despite comments made earlier in the week by Microsoft.
Studio boss David Braben told OXM the technology used in the title was in development before Milo & Kate, and Lionhead is not involved in any way.
“I’d like to address some stories that are currently circulating, that Kinectimals from Frontier is somehow related to Milo & Kate from Lionhead,” said Braben.
“Kinectimals has been in development since before we saw Milo. It is built using Frontier’s own technology shared with other Frontier games in development, and ideas evolved from earlier games like Dog’s Life.
“There has not been any involvement in the technology or design by Lionhead. Milo & Kate is a completely separate (and intriguing) development from Lionhead.”
The Kinect confusion started earlier in the week when Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg told an Australian gaming show Milo & Kate was just a tech demo, before clarifying it was still in development – it just wouldn’t be out this year.
It was also reported that day that Phil Spencer, VP of Microsoft Game Studios, had said the Milo tech was “showing up in other places, so Kinectimals is actually done at Frontier.”
So, to recap: Milo & Kate is still in the works but won’t be out by Christmas; Kinectimals uses its own tech, and nothing borrowed from Lionhead.
End of. Hopefully.