Former Microsoft studio manager says Natal will fail

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Scot Bayless has done time at Microsoft as a studio manager, a senior producer at Sega, and has also held executive roles at Midway, Capcom, EA. He’s been around the block. And now he’s making the news rounds for calling out Microsoft’s upcoming Natal motion-sensing game technology, saying that it’s going to fail.

“When I met with Microsoft in 2008 to look at Natal I asked: ‘When will you integrate this into the 360?'” Bayless stold Retro Gamer magazine. “Their response was: ‘We’re probably going to wait and see on that.’ To which I said: Then you’re going to fail.'”

That’s a pretty early call in my book, but he does go on to say taht he feels like the lack of integration could hurt developer interest.

“Plays like this always fragment and the disincentive to developers is powerful; when I’m spending tens of millions on a game, the last thing I want to do is lose 90 per cent of my market.”

Again, this feels like a call that’s way too early. I’d think with all that experience he’d know that waiting and seeing is the best bet. Who knows, maybe gamers will go nuts over Natal. Besides, calling Microsoft out for Natal’s rumored $150 price point seems more solid right now.

Ex-Microsoft Studio Boss: ‘Natal Will Fail’ [NowGamer]


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