Ubisoft plans 10 games for Natal, 4-5 for PS3 Motion Controller

By Justin Mann on November 30, 2009, 6:13 PM
Just a few days after Microsoft said they would showcase Natal at Gamefest in February, a big-name publisher has stepped up to announce titles for the anticipated motion controller. Ubisoft has promised to release 10 Natal-friendly titles within six months of the accessory's debut. That could mean the games won't arrive until 2011, if Microsoft launches Natal in November of next year as rumored.

Ubisoft is working on at least four or five titles for the PS3 motion controller, as well. It isn't known if the titles will come from the same pool as the Xbox 360, but Ubisoft did indicate the games will primarily fall into the "casual" category. This suggests that they are unlikely to fit into the developer's larger franchises, such as Splinter Cell or Assassin's Creed, and most of the titles will come from new property.

With at least fifteen motion-sensing games planned, Ubisoft has a lot of faith in the emerging technology. Will other developers follow suit?

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Serag said:

wow this is really fast o.o

and fair amount of games as well..10 games for Natal!

muljator said:

let's hope these games aren't just derivatives of nintendos titles.

i'd like to se some creative ways of using motion capture.

Heretic said:

Holy crap. Already? 10 whole titles? That's ridiculous! Consumers aren't even anywhere CLOSE to owning the materials necessary to support true 3D gaming. And they're already planning video games for 3D? I don't think those are going to sell quite as well as they're hoping.

Cueto_99 said:

That's what I like about Ubisoft, they always experiment with new stuff in order to achieve that special touch for their games... I remember the graphics from the last Prince of Persia, that was a big risk, and still they took it, unfortunately I heard sales weren't what they expected... I hope sales do get better for them with this project..

BlackIrish said:

Nahhh, I don't need to make a wii out of my pc :p

IvanAwfulitch IvanAwfulitch said:

One thing is certain; I'm not ready for 3d just yet. I'm not even up to date on my hardware just yet. I'd like to have a core i7 or i9 system and a card from either the HD 5xxx series, or GTX 2xx series before I get ready for 3D. As it stands, I'm not even close to ready for one of these games.

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I hope it's better than "You're in the Movies" - which wasn't a bad game. But it wasn't stellar, and the camera suffered from under light exposure.

tonylukac said:

@heretic @IvanAwfuliitch I don't think Natal means 3D. I think it is a camera sensing hand gestures without using the joystick or whatever you used to use.

Rapidhic said:

@tonylukac Thats exacly what it is, its gonna replace the normal controls..further than wii can. Now if someone has a 3D hdtv then... use your imagination !

Guest said:

Seems a fair amount of you failed to read the article or failed to understand what natal is. It has nothing to do with 3D as a few of your are posting.. That being said, I am looking forward to the Sony Motion controllers more than natal, at least the Sony ones can give you exact control and more options than natal.

jurrasstoil said:

10 Games sure sounds like a lot for a system that is not even ready yet. I'd say lets wait what titles ubi is talking about. If they are going to fire out a cavalcade of mini game collections, then 10 games are probably too much...

BlindObject said:

So...Natal+3d+illegal drug=OMG

Richy2k9 said:

hello ...

after reading some post here

Natal & SONY Sphere (magic wand) are the new motion controllers showcased in E3 2009 & later, the first one using a specialized camera to detect & reproduce movement in games for the Xbox360, while the second is a small wand like device used with the existing Playstation Eye (camera) to reproduce movement in games.

These are not for PC but sure someday better things will happen this way!

Ubisoft is taking a risk, but i's good to follow technology, i just think such devices are just too early in gaming life. yet it would be better to consider a balanced support & release, for lately SONY's machine have proven it's capacity, not to say superiority to some's eyes as a gaming monster ... hey it only does ...huh!

Ubisoft must do a 5 / 5 then takes less risk & make sure giving best chances to both machines.


tengeta tengeta said:

Is the PS3 motion harder to program for or is the market with Sony less willing to deal with motion control? Making me wonder if I should be more interested in a PS3 down the road.

lfg18 said:

I dont think motion controls would work for me, I mean it's fun to play for some time with a nintendo wii, but I cannot see myself playing gears of war 3 or halo 4 with Natal, or imagine trying to play street fighter with that, you would end up hiting your pal unintencionally (yeah right) jaja, I think I prefer traditional controls

hathost said:

Please people look up Project Natal. This is a system using camera's and motion capture to turn your gestures and body movements into controls for your gameplay as well as allowing you to interact in new and exciting ways in the game world. It is going to run on your Xbox360 as a peripheral device.



ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The games will be casual games, so lfg18 you don't have to worry about playing hardcore games that way. Probably Jayman Jiving Jabbits and the like.

kaonis92 said:

difficult times for Sony are coming! I'm an owner of a ps3 but the natal project is just better looking...

freedomthinker said:

Well Ubisoft is surtenly looking ahead of time , don't know if thats good or bad ?

Razerblade said:

Wow that is a lot of games already! It will be interesting to see how the motion games work on the PS3 and Xbox 360 compared to the Wii. I cannot wait to try them out!

dellz said:

10 NEW titels woah , the gaming industry is going nuts , how can consumers even think to buy so many games in 6 months =/ , for me thats insane because i buy a game every 2 - 3 years.Console industry is growing twoards quantity over quality.

yorro said:

The games will fall into the "casual" category, aka Wii-esqe.

fref said:

You know you work in a really big company when you learn about your company's plans online... I work for Ubisoft, and I was only aware of one Natal projet. The other nine projects are probably being developed in other studios...

bugejakurt said:

I've seen the Natal in XBox 360, its an impressive peace of technology. Motion sensors will be the future of gaming. This is most enjoyable because it involves a whole body human interaction and that really takes off people, like the WII had. If Microsoft can prove to invent REAL games using natal, then this would be quite a shown down.

TorturedChaos, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Project Natal looks really cool. Street Fighter could then me marketed as a fighting game, and a workout program :p.

Nirkon said:

I would have expected that a few companies added up would offer that number of games, but since its only ubisoft.. i think they are overreaching, its better to have 2-3 good games than 15 mediocre ones..

AbsolutGaloot said:

The trend towards "casual gaming" is disturbing, to say the least. Companies have discovered that they make far more money with less effort by making causal games, and the amount of quality games is slowly declining in favor of XBLA and Popcap and the like.

I may get a Natal thinger to see if I can make it work with my computer. MS got Johnny Woo on that project, and after seeing what he did with the Wiimote, I've got my fingers crossed that he's slipping in some PC-friendly design.

timljh said:

really looking forward for motion sensing games.. hopefully its not like Wii sports or mario =P

Se7enVII said:

I'm looking forward to Natal. It would be awesome if someone can find a way to get Natal working on the PC. If not, I might just have to invest in a 360 (which would be my first console since the GameCube). The PS3 motion controls just remind me of the Wii.

ken777 said:

Kind of disappointed that these are just going to be casual games again. I'd like to see something like a FPS or RPG adapted to motion sensing controls.

ryan29121 said:

I have always been a fan of ubisoft games. I trust the games they are releasing are going to be pretty good. Natal looks interesting. I am looking forward to seeing where this goes.

Aolish Aolish said:

is it just me or does anyone else notice the horrendous lag between the persons ACTIONS and the game in Natal. There seems to be a half a second of delay between the two interactions. Obviously this won't matter for casual gaming but this spells disaster for Racing, FPS, fighting, or other extremely sensitive types of games that require pinpoint accuracy. Has this lag been fixed in the latest build?

claycc said:

I'm glad to see a focus on trying to make games more immersive and not just prettier graphics. Motion control along with 3d gaming or Eyefinity could make for a pretty killer gaming experience.

UT66 said:

Ubisoft is permanently banned at my home. I think Far cry ( the first) was the only ubi game i ever finished. (than you crytek)

UT66 said:

btw, people read between the lines.. about the 10 games...ubi is just going to port all the pez, gatz, dogz,and monkeyz garbage ... not a good sight, trust me.

buttus said:

Natal is a very interesting product which I am very much looking forward to. It holds much promise and it is quite innovative (and from Microsoft...who knew?). This could finally give the measure of immersion that the Wii is lacking. I guess we will have to wait and see.

JMMD JMMD, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I imagine a lot of companies are just going to throw together a bunch of games to support the new hardware just to get people to buy something to use with the new systems. A lot of Wii games just have added on motion sensing and in a lot of games it just doesn't make sense to have it tacked on. I do hope Ubisoft doesn't just release a bunch of crap.

buttus said:

Natal does look both interesting and innovative (which is a little unusual for Microsoft). The application of Natal covers everything from a more immersive gaming experience, to creativity tools and you can even control your home theater with it. I am looking forward to seeing what the first crop of games for it will be.

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