Bungie Says Halo: Reach Will Not Use Natal

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Bungie Says Halo: Reach Will Not Use Natal

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Bungie has clarified that the latest installment in the Halo series will not be using Microsoft's upcoming motion controller.

Rumors that Halo: Reach would use Microsoft's new motion controller, Project Natal, have been circulating for months, following comments made by Bungie president Harold Ryan to the New York Times.

But this week, Bungie has clarified its position and made it clear that Reach will not be using motion controls: "Halo: Reach is NOT a Natal title and is being developed expressly with the traditional Xbox 360 controller in mind," said a spokesperson for the developer.

With Reach tipped as the biggest game of 2010 by a number of industry figures, it makes sense that it would stick with existing hardware, rather than risking a new control scheme, but it does beg the question, aside from Fable 3 what games will use Natal?

Source: IGN

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Phwew, thats great to hear.

Don't see how it would work with Natal anyway.

Well, thank God for that.

I didn't actually here the rumours, but if it had I would have been forced to not buy it.

Oh thank god. Halo has been on a downslope and since Natal hasn't really been done(or at least done properly) before, it will almost guarunteed to be glitchy, taking away from the game that might save the franchise for me.

Slightly disappointing. As much as I don't care for the motion sensing trend in gaming that going on right now, I believe bungie could have pulled it off.

Pimppeter2:
Slightly disappointing. As much as I don't care for the motion sensing trend in gaming that going on right now, I believe bungie could have pulled it off.

He said, "with controller in mind."

He never denied that Natal would be a secondary control option.

Not a very promising sign when MS has to reassure fans or advertize that their bandwagon gimmick will NOT be used in a game.

Well, duh.

Why would it have? It's coming out before Natal is released, iirc.

I'm actually kind of disappointed by this. As a Halo fanboy I'm really looking forward to seeing Reach, and as an advocate of motion control I'm also looking forward to Natal. I was hoping for a while that Reach would be developed for use with the standard controller, but still have the option of using Natal as another control scheme. Apparently not. It makes me wonder though, just how will Natal be used with regards to mainstream and hardcore gaming, aside from Fable 3, if Microsoft really do want to avoid the 'casual' tag that has (unfairly) plagued Nintendo?

Pimppeter2:
Slightly disappointing. As much as I don't care for the motion sensing trend in gaming that going on right now, I believe Bungie could have pulled it off.

I concur with this, as well as

tmujir955:
He said, "with controller in mind."

He never denied that Natal would be a secondary control option.

Perhaps they're just being sneaky about Natal integration. I think if any game is going to be a flagship for Natal, I want it to be Halo: Reach - certainly not Fable III. Dear God, no.

Thank goodness. This would likely have put me off buying Reach, and I'm a definite Halo fan.

Aww thats a shame ain't it I was really hoping to wiggle my body around to kill me some covenant. Oh the news is unbearable, I can't go on without natal

/sarcasm

Spleenbag:

Pimppeter2:
Slightly disappointing. As much as I don't care for the motion sensing trend in gaming that going on right now, I believe Bungie could have pulled it off.

I concur with this, as well as

tmujir955:
He said, "with controller in mind."

He never denied that Natal would be a secondary control option.

Perhaps they're just being sneaky about Natal integration. I think if any game is going to be a flagship for Natal, I want it to be Halo: Reach - certainly not Fable III. Dear God, no.

I definitely think they are.

http://www.joystiq.com/2010/01/31/halo-reach-not-a-natal-title-being-made-with-a-controller-in/

Logan Westbrook:
...but it does beg the question, aside from Fable 3 what games will use Natal?

Guitar Hero 6, which will maximize how foolish you'll look to your friends while trying to pass Stairway to Heaven.

I'm happy it's not using Natal, Halo was great with it's current control scheme. This year, wether or not a game uses Natal can completely change the outcome of me being a game, as in, Add Natal, I'm not buying it. And I don't care how good you made it.

Nurb:
Not a very promising sign when MS has to reassure fans or advertize that their bandwagon gimmick will NOT be used in a game.

That's funny. I was thinking this same thing. I was sure Microsoft was gonna splatter NATAL juice all over their new titles.

G1eet:

Logan Westbrook:
...but it does beg the question, aside from Fable 3 what games will use Natal?

Guitar Hero 6, which will maximize how foolish you'll look to your friends while trying to pass Stairway to Heaven.

But its like playing an Air-Guitar!

OT: I could see a Natal Halo... but I'd rather have a controller-based game.

Nouw:

G1eet:

Logan Westbrook:
...but it does beg the question, aside from Fable 3 what games will use Natal?

Guitar Hero 6, which will maximize how foolish you'll look to your friends while trying to pass Stairway to Heaven.

But its like playing an Air-Guitar!

OT: I could see a Natal Halo... but I'd rather have a controller-based game.

IMO (and I assume many other's opinion), air guitaring looks more appropriate when a song comes on the radio, not the TV =P

And the gaming base breathes a huge sigh of relief.

WHY THE FUCK WOULD IT USE NATAL IN THE FIRST PLACE????!!!

Sorry for the caps, but it had to be said

I imagine that the Japanese porn game industry could make a killing if they made use of the natal controller and an interactive love pillow.

Logan Westbrook:
With Reach tipped as the biggest game of 2010 by a number of industry figures, it makes sense that it would stick with existing hardware, rather than risking a new control scheme, but it does beg the question, aside from Fable 3 what games will use Natal?

Fable 4?

Bungie Says Halo: Reach Will Not Use Natal

Thank god! Natal may be god for some things, but if it had anything to do with Halo I might have killed myself.

Hooray! Now I won't have to punch the air to beat someone down!

OT:This is great news. I'm looking forward to reach and I'm relieved that I won't need to buy Natal to play it.

Good. Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer to use a controller. Thanks.

But I do play Silent Hill: Shattered Memories on the Wii. Does that make me a hypocrite?

Good, I probably would have done bad with Natal. And I'm bad enough with Halo...

smallharmlesskitten:
....we still need Halo games?

Yes we do. Although after Reach I think I will look at Halo games more judgementaly since the game is being handed over to microsoft.

OH THANK GOD AND JESUS IN HEAVEN!

The Natal motion sensorness would probably fuck up in the game play department any ways.

Thank the gods/god/single celled organism. I have no intention of getting anywhere near Natal. I prefer to just sit in my chair and press buttons to make the little pixelated marionette do my bidding.

Pendragon9:

Nurb:
Not a very promising sign when MS has to reassure fans or advertize that their bandwagon gimmick will NOT be used in a game.

That's funny. I was thinking this same thing. I was sure Microsoft was gonna splatter NATAL juice all over their new titles.

I think MS knows its basicly a gimmick and used to target/steal spesific customers rather than be like nintendo and make every game incorporate it.

That seems pretty odd for a large franchise owned by Microsoft to not adapt to they're currently trying to push...

Hopefully any game that uses Natal will also allow you to use the normal controller, seriously not enthused about another motion controller system, there are times you just want to plump your ass on the couch and veg.

Cpu46:

smallharmlesskitten:
....we still need Halo games?

Yes we do. Although after Reach I think I will look at Halo games more judgementaly since the game is being handed over to microsoft.

Aye, 343 studios could either ruin the series (even more?) or make it so amazing it causes a hole in time itself. To which only the iPad could fill :D

Good... that's all I can say really.

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