In an interview with MCV Andrew Wilson, head of EA Sports, said that he sees voice controls as big an opportunity as motion controls in future Kinect games. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
The Kinect additions you have made to FIFA and Madden are subtle, utilising voice control to assist your team. Is that how you see Kinect, as a nice addition rather than a device which you build games from scratch for?
I think that there are opportunities for both. Certainly when we embarked on using Kinect for FIFA and Madden, we sat down and watched people play our games. The same when we put Kinect into Tiger Woods, we sat and watched people play our games. In Tiger everyone always wanted to swing, the Wii, Move and Kinect gave you that opportunity. It was natural. It enhanced the experience. It was how we wanted to play. You want to swing and feel like you’re Tiger on the first tee.
When we looked at people playing FIFA and Madden, what we noticed was that they screamed at the screen a lot. A lot. They were pushing the buttons, and simultaneously shouting commands, almost at themselves. It felt like a natural transition for us to make that screaming mean something. I’m actually really excited about what we’ve done.
I think when people heard about Kinect they thought it was all about motion but voice control is profound and changes the way you play. So in terms of ‘will that be seen in more games?’, yeah I think it will, because most gamers are shouting at the screen for some reason. When we look at the future, we see that as big an opportunity as we as do motion control.
This suggests that there are more “Better With Kinect” EA Sports games coming and that some will use motion controls while others will use voice controls. Talking of EA Sports Kinect supported games, what happened to that secret EA Sports game that was supposed be revealed “later” that EA announced along with their other Kinect supported games at E3 2011??
So, are you happy with EA’s use of Kinect so far or do you think all games that are announced as “Better With Kinect” should involve at least some motion controls in some way, especially sports games?