Motion-sensing peripheral Kinect has a had a rough time of it – an early casualty of the botched Xbox One launch, it’s been blamed for everything from the Xbox sales position to living room snooping by the NSA (yes, really.) Now that the Xbox One S doesn’t support the Kinect without an adapter, its fall from grace seems complete.
Except… well, re REALLY like Kinect. We still think it’s worthwhile. And so, it seems, does development team Through Games, if their forthcoming ID@XBOX title FRU is anything to go by.
FRU is a puzzle platformer that features an innovative use of Kinect, in which your silhouette becomes a “portal” between two worlds. It’s probably easier to show you what that means – check out the release trailer.
We are grateful that Through Games decided not to quit when Microsoft pulled the Kinect rug from under their feet. In a recent interview with Engadget, Through Games’ founder Mattia Traverso had this to say:
“I’d be lying if I said the status of Kinect didn’t affect us. The surprise of the unbundling did hit our morale during production, and we had some doubts and worries about whether we would be financially viable at the end. Ultimately we really thought this concept was cool and could be expanded quite well, so we did not want to leave the game unfinished. We thought it was a good example of how Kinect is not inherently good or bad, but rather a tool for a creator to use.”
We will DEFINITLEY be picking up a copy on 13 July when the game releases, and hope to bring you a full review as soon as we can!
FRU from Through Games releases on Xbox One on 13 July and will set you back just £11.99.