Published on November 19th, 2010 | by Cameron Woolsey

Kinect’s Own Panzer Dragoon

So far, Kinect owners wanting a “core” title for their little bobbing camera have been out of luck. But what’s a gamer to do? Keep inviting people to play Dance Central? Rely on Sonic Free Riders? Probably not going to happen.

Luckily, virtue rewards the patient. Back at TGS 2010 a little title called Project Draco was revealed to the public for the first time. The game is being led by Yukio Futatsugi and Manabu Kusunoki, the original designer and artist respectively, behind SEGA’s Panzer Dragoon series, and their influence is obvious in the game’s first teaser art which would make SEGA fans worth their salt feel weak at the knees:

Down below are the first two screen grabs of the teaser trailer shown at TGS:

Not much is known so far about the game play, but with the knowledge of how Kinect functions, we can study these screenshots and come up with a pretty good idea of what we can expect.

As you all know by now, Kinect works when the player is standing up with plenty of space around. Looking at the characters on the dragons, you can see how they are also standing completely erect–which is better depicted in the actual teaser trailer below. The bottom screen shows the character standing with one hand grasping the reigns of the dragon while the other hand is free.

With this image in mind we can imagine that players will be required to stand and hold the reigns while shifting their weight in order to steer the beast. The other hand will most likely be used to aim the projectiles fired from the dragon.

No doubt there will be other moves to utilize but have not been revealed just yet.

If this assumption is correct and if we take the history of the Panzer Dragoon series, we should also assume that the game will be an on-rails shooter. To get a better idea of how it might look, check out the official teaser trailer cleverly stolen out of Japan:

If the trailer is any indication, the soundtrack will be just as incredible as the music from the Panzer Dragoon games.

Beyond that, there isn’t much else we can go on. I’m sure more information will become known soon, but until then we can only wait and speculate. Project Draco, or whatever it will be called, will hit shelves sometime (hopefully) next year.

And I cannot wait.

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Video game journalist since 2006, and gaming since he was old enough to use an Atari joystick. Follow me: @Cam_is_16bit

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