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Despite no official Star Wars game has been announced with any kind of Move compatibility, you would have thought Sony would be doing all they could to make that happen. It may well be. Behind closed doors a deal could be in the process of completion. But in front of those metaphorical doors stands a member of Sony’s R&D division, Anton Mikhailov, and he sounds envious of Microsoft’s confirmation of a lightsaber game: “I’m usually not very aggressive. But I will say [Move’s Star Wars game] be damn better than Kinect could ever do.” Firstly, that did sound a little aggressive and secondly, have he just revealed that Move is to receive a lightsaber game? “I’m not in the product planning division so unfortunately I can’t tell you much more about that,” ah, good bit of backtracking there Mr Mikhailov. He continued to share his feelings with Eurogamer: “There’s no way Kinect can do a good lightsaber game. Just never. Unless they give you a stick. If they give you a stick then they can do OK, but then they’re going to ruin their whole no controller motto.” A little embarrassing thing to say when Microsoft started their Kinect marketing campaign with the idea of scanning real world objects and using them in-game – like say using a stick as a lightsaber.
Referring to the admittedly sketchy E3 video of Star Wars Kinect, Mikhailov was less than impressed with what Microsoft had to show: “I’ve seen the demo but it’s so scripted, and wasn’t it like, faked?” Now now, a member of Sony of all places shouldn’t really be accusing others of faking E3 videos. I understand that it’s all about generating hype for your own product but the following statement would have been just as good: “The fidelity is certainly there to do all sorts of Star Wars kid-style action. You can very well do the lightsaber.” And I bet you could. Since the Wii was announced, gamers have been after a good lightsaber-based experience but so far only received the flail-em-up that was The Clone Wars – Lightsaber Duels. So the want for a 1:1 motion-controlled version is indeed strong and the precision of both Move and Kinect could provide such an experience.
Amusingly, one of the most exciting uses for Kinect is the affluent hacking scene whose already created a real time lightsaber demo proving it can be done and the use of sticks or whatever doesn’t necessarily break the illusion. Though it may break a few things in your living room…