A new Conker game has been announced. Exciting times right?! It’s for HoloLens. Not like this Microsoft, not like this. Here’s the trailer.
For all the good decisions Microsoft made lately with Xbox, it baffles me how they struggle with Conker. We’ve seen Conker twice now in the past year. Once on Project Spark. And now on Microsoft HoloLens. How hard is it to make a traditional game about a foul-mouthed squirrel?
I could sit here and complain about this all day, but let’s look at what Microsoft announced.
Conker’s latest adventure follows the not-so-foul-mouthed squirrel during his younger days. David, the Creative Director at Asobo Studio, describes Young Conker as “basically a platformer, which happens in your room.”
According to the developers, Young Conker works no matter what kind of room you have. Empty room? Works great. Crowded room? Young Conker “has to adapt.”
HoloLens limited field of view
Microsoft does show some of HoloLens limitations in the trailer. Here are several images that show the ‘window’ you see through HoloLens.
You can see how objects come into view or Conker walk out of view in the trailer.
The technology on display is impressive. Field of view could be better, but that will be something Microsoft looks to improve in updates or future versions.
Microsoft’s Kudo Tsunoda talks about game development for HoloLens in a blog post.
“Young Conker brings to life a focus on fun gaming mechanics that, as a game developer, is delightful to me. Since the environments are real world ones instead of digitally created, it puts the development focus on making the gaming mechanics fun. Plus, as a developer, mixed reality games are much easier to make. You don’t need large teams creating assets. The assets already exist in the real world. You can create a world of endless and unique gameplay based on the core of what makes games fun – the gameplay!”
Why all the hate?
The like/dislike ratio on the YouTube video tells you everything you need to know about how gamers feel today. Why? Because it’s Conker. If that were Master Chief jetpacking around the couch, everyone would be talking about how cool HoloLens is. But it’s not. It’s Conker. Fans have been hoping for a Conker return for years. And not like this. We want a ‘regular’ game played with a regular controller. Just one game.
Young Conker might be fantastic. I have no idea. And pretty much everyone else won’t know either. At least, not for a while. The HoloLens Development Edition can be pre-ordered today for $3,000. If you’re that much of a Conker fan, you’ll receive it in the next 30 days.
Don’t let the hate blind you from HoloLens
Yep, it’s a rough day for Conker fans. But Microsoft uploaded more than a dozen HoloLens videos on its YouTube channel today. Besides Young Conker, Microsoft also showed off two more games – Fragments and RoboRaid.
Ok, both of those look great – especially Fragments.
Check out the rest of Microsoft’s HoloLens channel to learn much more about the technology and the various input methods for HoloLens.