No, Project Milo Is Coming To The Xbox, Just Not This Year

The virtual kid lives, but won't hatch on Xboxes this year. The unreal Milo & Kate that lets Xbox users talk and gesture to a virtual boy is still planned for release, despite an earlier report to the contrary.

"Project Milo absolutely continues in development at Lionhead Studios," Microsoft director of project management Aaron Greenberg told Kotaku today. "It is just not a product we plan to bring to market this holiday. The team at Lionhead has always been a centre of innovation and will continue to deliver against that charter."

Milo & Kate was unveiled a year ago as a showpiece for Xbox Kinect, then known as Project Natal. Lionhead Studios founder Peter Molyneux heralded the program as a technological breakthrough, a quasi-game experience that could give the user the experience of talking to a real child, via the interface of the Kinect motion/voice/camera sensors and an Xbox 360. We tried it out back then. But it no-showed this year's E3 earlier in June.

Earlier today we reported that Greenberg told Australian television that "right now it's not a game that we're planning to bring to market" - suggesting the project was being kept internally for tests and giggles - but perhaps he just didn't finish his sentence.

UPDATE: And here's a photo of Team Milo hard at work, via Joystiq.


    The dead eyes... murderous.. unforgiving. Feel his unstoppable rage, as he helps you with your fishing.

    He will slit your throat in your sleep.

      Yeah, I'm getting a definite Children of the Corn vibe off that kid.

    First time I've heard of Kate. Female version of Milo I guess.

    So who is putting money on a name change just like natal? My money is still on Otis.

    It is pretty cool if they can get this to work from a technology point of view. But in the end I think it is pretty pointless, isn't this sort of thing called 'talking to friends' in real life?

    Would you get in trouble if you have a booze session with the kid?
    "Yo milo, your turn on the beer bong"

    I can picture a long line of suspicious men getting this game.

    "perhaps he didn't finish his sentence"

    If you watch the clip from Good Game on Aussie TV, he clearly calls it a tech demo and he does finish his sentence. He's quite clear about it. I'd say this sudden change is a frantic back pedal. You can see the original clip of Greenberg here:

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