Relentless Software is best known for their work on the Buzz! series for Sony, but Microsoft’s Kinect has them all abuzz. Having developed a simple controller for their game-show series, they appreciate what Microsoft has done with their motion sensing camera.
“Of course I’d consider any game for Kinect. And the reason is because Kinect is amazing,” said Relentless co-founder and executive director Andrew Eades. “It’s the exact right technology for now. It’s given our sector a new lease of life. We’d be mad to not look into Kinect and what we can do.”
“The Kinect audience that Microsoft is going after is exactly the audience that we’ve spoken about forever. Since we started we’ve said we make games for everyone and that’s exactly what Kinect is about, making gaming available to anybody. The removal of the controller is a stroke of genius,” he added. “People can actually have a go because they don’t feel intimidated by this weird DualShock controller or the Xbox controller.”
Sony, of course, has its own motion controller in the Move, but it has sold only about half the number that the Kinect has. “My only issue with Move is if it’s got enough numbers out there – whether it’s sold through to enough people to make it a platform that we could aim at,” said Eades. “The difference with Kinect is that it’s big enough from its first holiday, and growing, that you can take a punt on it – and my conversations with publishers are confirming that decision. But we’re still not sure if Move is big enough yet for us. I hope it will be, because my dream scenario is not to be partisan in any of this, it’s to have available a bigger audience.”
The Wii is also on the radar for the casual game developer. “We have Wii capability here,” Eades revealed. “It is a platform we’re looking at. We find it slightly more difficult because we think we’re a bit late to the party, if you like, on Wii. There’s a lot of good, solid games out there that are sufficiently supplying our audience, our market. So it’s a bit harder for us to come in and compete there.”