Sony Dev Rips Kinect Star Wars — And Outs Move Lightsaber Game?

A top engineer for the PlayStation Move backhanded Kinect's upcoming Star Wars game as "scripted," called its notorious E3 demo "faked," and said a Star Wars Move game will "be damn better than Kinect's." Such a game hasn't been announced.

"I'm usually not very aggressive," said Anton Mikhailov to Eurogamer. He then proceeded to be just that. "But I will say [Move's Star Wars game] be damn better than Kinect could ever do."

He backed off when Eurogamer pressed for details.

"I'm not in the product planning division so unfortunately I can't tell you much more about that," Mikhailov said.

But he can tell you that Kinect makes for a terrible lightsaber game platform. "There's no way Kinect can do a good lightsaber game. Just never. Unless they give you a stick," he said. "If they give you a stick then they can do OK, but then they're going to ruin their whole no controller motto."

A demo shown at E3 appeared to be an on-rails experience. "I've seen the demo but it's so scripted, and wasn't it like, faked?" Mikhailov wondered.

For Move, on the other hand, "The fidelity is certainly there to do all sorts of Star Wars kid-style action," Mikhailov said. "You can very well do the lightsaber."

Mikhailov, who said Sony had also done research into 3D camera technology before settling on Move, wonders how Terminal Reality, which is building the Kinect game, is going to pull it off. "Technologically I find it hard how you can do a lightsaber, because there are so many ambiguities, and it's nearly impossible to track the angles of your wrists."

Kinect's Star Wars game will release sometime in 2011, Microsoft said earlier this month.

Kinect "Can't Do A Good Lightsaber Game" [Eurogamer]