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Leaked report outs various games for HoloLens, including Young Conker

The games include Young Conker — a platformer featuring a character that appeared on the original Xbox, Fragments — an augmented reality crime drama that takes place in your own home, and Roboraid — a rebrand for the living-room busting shooter that Microsoft previously touted as Project X-Ray.

The report, leaked onto Reddit, covers an unreleased Microsoft blog post, detailing some elements and features of the games, quotes from HoloLens overseer Kudo Tsunoda and various other bits of new information.

All three of the game's detailed appeared in previous leaks gleaned from the Windows 10 Store earlier this month, but thanks to the new report, we now have fresh details.

Regarding Fragments, Kudo Tsunoda described an augmented detective game where players can converse with virtual characters and hunt clues in their own homes.

"As a holographic platform highlight, Fragments demonstrates how creators can build characters and storylines that drive a higher level of emotional engagement and attachment than you can with any other medium. Fragments blends the line between the digital world and the real world more than any other experience we built. When your living room has been used as the set for a story, it generates memories for you of what digitally happened in your space like it was real. It is an experience that bridges the uncanny valley of your mind and delivers a new form of storytelling like never before."

Conker was an R-rated platformer for the original Xbox, developed by their in-house Rare studio. Young Conker takes the platforming concept to your living room, turning everyday household items into platforms to be used in the game.

"This means every person gets a unique gameplay experience, since each gamer's real world environment is unique. It is amazing how different the play experience feels based on playing the game in your living room versus your kitchen or your bedroom. Even starting the game from a different position in a single room creates an entirely new gameplay dynamic."

Last up is Roboraid, previously known as Project X-Ray. Roboraid will see players fend off hordes of invading robots, which pour into your living room by virtually destroying the walls. In the article, Tsunoda describes how Roboraid uses audio cues to alert the player to new enemies. It also uses gaze, hand gestures and voice as gameplay inputs.

Tsunoda also emphasised how small teams could create great games on HoloLens. By using the real world, HoloLens' object recognition and spatial awareness, dev teams can allow the player to use physical objects to create levels and instead focus on the gameplay experience itself.

Fragments, Roboraid and Young Conker will be bundled with early HoloLens units to give developers an idea of the sorts of games they can create using the futuristic tech.

The report also details some of the apps early adopters can expect to find on HoloLens, in addition to the fact that Microsoft will begin taking pre-orders for its $3,000 HoloLens Development Edition on February 29th, ahead of a reported March 30th launch.

Source: Reddit

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  • A haunted house video game would be perfect for this! But it would make you fear your home forever...
  • Lmao
  • This stuff is nuts, can't wait to try it
  • Or a natural disaster game. Crawl out of the rubble of your home, step outside and then zombies are on the street. Neighbours will call the police about some crazy person on the street pretending to zap people with their hand and wearing some crazy goggles, ranting about their home being destroyed.
  • Fatal Frame / Zero style with camera obscura.
  • Exactly, would probably scare me to bits!
  • Luigis haunted mansion
  • How about the "pokemon go" game on HoloLens?
  • Lol
  • Conker is far older than XBox, it debuted in the Nintendo 64, when Rare, previously to be acquired by Microsoft, worked closely with Nintendo.
  • Actually debuted on the Game Boy, haha, but yeah I used the wrong wording there. Apologies.
  • It would be great to have holo-novels. I could just imagine one of the Dune novels!
  • Holonovels would be amazing
  • A person would probably have to have a room in the house devoted to using the hololens but it would be fun!
  • Mancave 2.0 just a case of beer and a hololens =P Posted from WC 920, 1520, 920, 635, 640 950XL
  • They need to somehow tie an instant running game as a way to exercise using the holo lens: Get on your treadmill and start running.
  • Running away from zombies or something :O ... I'd be too afraid of it falling off my head though, haha
  • What would be the ultimate is if you could place yourself as a character in The Walking Dead tv series.
  • With uber intelligent NPC AI: Lauren Cohan blushing if you stare too long.
  • :-)
  • Professor Plum, with the Lumia 920, in the Study.
  • That would be cool!
  • It was Colonel Mustard, in the pantry, with an Xbox One Elite controller!
  • Five nights at Freddy's in your own home....! Awesome right?
  • The Minecraft HoloLens demo they showed at E3 was amazing, but I'd like even more from it, like being in your world and seeing the 1m-by-1m blocks to scale.
  • 1x1m blocks? And how would you climb them? Posted via Samsung Galaxy S6 but still love for Windows.
  • When can I have my real life Cortana?
  • Hey now!
  • I see what you did there. lol
  • Kinect originally sold like the was no tomorrow, wonder if this will be the same? Might take a while to catch on but Enormous potential for business and gaming, could be a real game changer.
  • And then Microsoft completely screwed over everyone who bought a Kinect by failing to support it. That's the real question: will they do the same thing for HoloLens? I'd hesitate to buy one, especialy given how expensive they are going to be compared to a Kinect, until it's clear Micrsoft has plans to support it for the long-term.
  • Well you'll notice the strategy is completely different this time.  MS have said themselves that the problem with Kinect is that they werent prepared to properly support it with content long term.  So with HoloLens, they dont plan to push it into the consumer range until its been out with developers for a while, resulting in solid content support before consumers are even involved.
  • Nice demonstration of what it can do!
  • I WANT "REAL LIFE" POKEMON ON HOLOLENS Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • 100% this
  • That would be no-brainer. Sales of HoloLens would increase by 100% Posted via Samsung Galaxy S6 but still love for Windows.
  • Virtual reality pets for the win. I can't wait for that game from Her to become a reality. How I love the future Posted via the Windows Central Beta App for my Lumia 950 XL
  • Pokemon Go would be fantastic on this Posted via the Windows Central Beta App for my Lumia 950 XL
  • I want a Real life The Sims game
  • They should just have companies update their Kinect games.