Earlier we already reported that Microsoft had a ‘super exciting’ announcement now that they had their first keynote ever of the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) 2010. Well, it turns out they were right.

Today the keynote provided news that many gamers have been waiting to hear about: “Core” games for Kinect.  Many of the Kinect Gamesshowed today, were different than we had seen before.  They were creative, yet serious.

Read on to find out more details.

Kinect Core Games that were announced

Please find the list of announced games below, for a complete overview of all Kinect Gamesrefer to this list.


Trailer here.

Kinect Haunt

The first game that was introduced exclusively for the Kinect camera at the keynote was a horror game called “Haunt”.  Which appears to be more of a cartoonish horror game that probably won’t scare your socks off, but still looks interesting to play.  Sadly the creators only gave us a glimpse of the game because it is still in the early phases of development.  But it should be released in 2011.

Gather friends and family to delve deep into a haunted house dripping with mystery – you’ll need every ounce of your wit and cunning if you hope to unravel the veil of rumors that hide its darkest secret. Dodge traps and outwit ghosts, ghouls and frights that lurk with glee around each and every corner. Take a deep breath and immerse yourself in “Haunt,” spooky fun for Kinect for Xbox 360.

– the Haunt Press Release

Project Draco

Trailer here, all available news on Project Draco here.

Kinect Project draco

Another exclusive Kinect game that they teased us with at the conference was entitled: Project Draco.  The details of the game are fairly small, but from what I know the game is about dragons.  And to me that sounds appealing because it doesn’t look like your average game.  Furthermore this game is set to be released in 2011.

Project Draco (Grounding, Microsoft Game Studios). The director of the cult hits “Phantom Dust” and “Panzer Dragoon,” game director Yukio Futatsugi, brings you an epic 3-D flying shooter. With the magic of Kinect for Xbox 360, you will be able to nurture and learn to communicate with your dragon as you develop its skills and train it as a partner in combat. Then join friends on Xbox LIVE to feel the rush of flight as you take to the skies together and experience breathtaking vistas and engage in thrilling battles.

– Project Draco Press Release

Codename D

Trailer here, all available codename D news here.

CodeName D

Microsoft and the “Grasshopper Manufacture” are creating this next release.  They call it a “core action game” that’s being made for the studios “hardcore action fans”.  Suda 51, CEO of Grasshopper Manufacture, said the game will not feature guns or swords, but will be a core action game.  This will also be released in 2011.

Child of Eden

All available Child of Eden news here.

Child of Eden

Now this game has been shown to the public before (Check out our Kinect Preview: Child Of Eden), but tonight they released new footage of the beautiful music game.  The footage displayed a nature like stage, full of color and movement.  The player’s goal of the game is to “purify” the world archived in Eden.  This game is said to be released on March 11, 2011.

Rise of Nightmares

Trailer here, all available news on Rise of Nightmares here.

Kinect Rise Of Nightmares

Rise of Nightmares, created by Sega, is a dark horror game that is being made exclusively for Kinect.  Unfortunately, that is all we know of it so far because it is still being developed, but it should hit stores sometime in 2011.

Rise of Nightmares (SEGA). “Rise of Nightmares” offers a spine-tingling horror experience that uses the innovative new controls of Kinect for Xbox 360 to give players the ultimate fright. Using their whole body, players will experience fear and tension as never before in this exclusive Kinect horror adventure.

– Rise of Nightmars Press Release

Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor

Trailer here, all available news on Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor here.

Steel Battalion

The last game for Kinect that they displayed looked to be some type of war game.  Featuring a huge battle between ships, mechs and soldiers.  The head of research and development, Keiji Inafune, states that this game is for “core gamers.”  And along with the other titles, this should be in stores in 2011.  Personally I agree that this looks like something for core gamers based off the trailer.  It sure doesn’t look like any of the launch games we saw with the Kinect camera.

Steel Battalion Heavy Armor (Capcom, From Software). This all-new game revives the fan-favorite “Steel Battalion” series. With the support of Microsoft, Capcom and From Software join forces to bring this groundbreaking collaborative project to Xbox 360. Manhattan, 2082: In a world where computers and almost all modern technology have been lost, the greatest nations of the world continue to battle for supremacy. The American army lands in New York to begin its first big offensive of a long ground war. Soldiers fire from the trenches as scorched bunkers belch black smoke. As comrades continually fall to the unrelenting crossfire of bullets, the Vertical Tanks make their relentless advance. Experience the battlefield as never before with Kinect for Xbox 360.

– Press Release Steal Battalion

What the Future Holds

As shown earlier today, the Kinect camera was not made only for casual gamers, but for all gamers alike.  These games are just the start of what is to come in the future.  A year from now I’m sure that we will see all types of games from first person shooter to sword fighting.  With Kinect there are many more possibilities that can be done with it, than on a controller.  Once developers grasp those ideas we will see all types of games that we’ve never imagined.

So what are your thoughts on these games that will be released in the next year?  Does this convince you that Kinect can be used for core games, and are you going to pre order your Kinect today?

Also, stay tuned as we expect more details on these games in the coming days.