Sonic Free Riders a Kinect launch title

‘Sonic Free Riders’ was shown off at the Microsoft Press conference a few minutes ago. You might have missed it since it was only shown in the background, when showing off the launch titles.

Look at the image above, do you see it now?  Looks official now.
[Source: TSSZNews]

UPDATE: Hit the jump for the press release

Rumor: “Sonic Free Riders” coming to Natal

Natal is suppose to have a big event on June 13th, one of the games that is suppose to launch with is “Sonic Free Riders” that is rumored to be an XBLA game.

To be honest, I hated Sonic Riders and if this is anything like it, I do not care. Sort of weird that its a XBLA title. We will keep you posted.

[Source: Joystiq]

Ex-SEGA and Microsoft Employee says Natal will fail

Scot Bayless knows a thing or two about failing, he was Senior Producer at SEGA of America when they came up with the brilliant idea for the SEGA 32x. He also served at Microsoft as Studio Manager. Seeing all those studios closing at Microsoft Games Studios, don’t think he did a great job there either. This is what he had to say about Microsoft’s add-on.

“When I met with Microsoft in 2008 to look at Natal I asked: ‘When will you integrate this into the 360? Their response was: ‘We’re probably going to wait and see on that.’ To which I said: Then you’re going to fail.'”

He makes a great point about splitting the user base apart. Game development is expensive as it is, HD consoles finally reached the “above 35 million units sold” area and now developers will have to risk doing games for a smaller market that owns Project Natal or Playstation Move? Will casuals buy them? If Natal is $150 as rumored, they won’t. Again, we don’t know if Microsoft has “integrated” Natal with a new SKU, but if the bundled rumor price of $300 for an arcade is correct, a bit tough to lure in “the casuals. ”

Why would they buy expensive add-ons and consoles when the Wii is integrated with motion control since day one, costs $200 dollars and has a slew of motion based games already?

[Source: Now Gamer]