According to the lead designer behind Epic Games' largest franchise, the upcoming Xbox 360 exclusive, Gears of War: Judgment, will not utilize the motion-based peripheral Kinect because according to Cliff Bleszinski, it's not a fully realized device. Ouch.
In a brief interview with Games™, Bleszinski plainly came out and said...
“There are not a lot of things that wound up in there. There’s one thing actually that you just reminded me of though, is that we are not supporting Kinect in Gears Judgment. I like Kinect, I’ve been a fan of it, but I don’t think it has been fully realised as far as the potential of the device. Dance Central 3 looks great and all, but I’m curious how the ‘core’ games will work out…”
Dance Central 3 is something I can't comment on because the only thing that keeps popping up in my head was that awful performance by Usher at this year's E3. It will take a lot of time and therapy and to scrub those images from my memory...time and therapy.
Regardless of what Cliffy B., thinks of Dance Central 3, his apprehension to include any sort of Kinectivity to Gears of War is very well justified. The last core game to make use of Kinect was Capcom and FromSoftware's Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor. The game was met with bombastic reviews completely destroying the Kinect implementation. Destructoid's Hamza CTZ Aziz wrote a rather cheerful piece entitled "I am officially done with Kinect". I'm going to take a wild guess and just throw this out there...but does this mean Hamza won't be reviewing Dance Central 3?
That Destructoid article basically sums up what's been talked about across most gaming sites: Kinect sucks. All the reviews for Steel Battalion were harsh and it was mostly because of...dun, dun, dun, Kinect!
I can't knock FromSoftware for trying but it clearly shows that the device is not accurate enough for 1:1 timing in core games. And realistically, if you can react fast enough but the device doesn't, it makes the implementation completely and entirely useless.
Regardless of how you feel about Kinect, pro or con, Epic Games won't be using it for Gears of War: Judgment. I'm sure plenty of core gamers just took a real hefty sigh of relief.
Gears of War: Judgment is set for release next year.