Rumour: Project Milo Canceled

Fable developer Lionhead Studios' ambitious Milo project for Xbox 360's Kinect add-on may have finally been put to bed. Sources claiming to have knowledge of the tech demo's development tell Kotaku that Project Milo has been effectively shut down.

That same source indicates that the technology that powered Project Milo—which has also been referred to as Milo & Kate—will live on in another form, a Kinect-enabled game based on the Fable franchise. Lionhead had plans to incorporate Kinect controls into the upcoming Fable III, but scrapped those plans for the game's launch.

The rumoured cancellation of Project Milo, first shown at E3 2009 by Lionhead's Peter Molyneux, has impacted the studio's headcount to the tune of more than a dozen contractors, sources say. Those supposed lay-offs may be related to development on Fable III winding down, however.

Earlier this year, rumours of the project's demise swirled when Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg claimed the Project Milo "technology demo" was "not a product we plan to bring to market." Greenberg later clarified that the Kinect title was simply not due for release "this holiday."

Peter Molyneux demonstrated the software at the TED conference in Oxford, England this summer, showing off an ever more ambitious build of the life simulator.

Microsoft, when reached for comment, said "We have no news to share on the Milo front and do not comment on speculation or rumour." Other sources closer to Lionhead Studios chose not to comment on the matter.


Comments

    It was a bit of an oddity anyway... what would the endgame have been? I'm not surprised.

    I don't think they would have canned the whole idea. Milo was the poster boy for Kinect/Natal, they got too much press to just let it fade into nothing. Maybe they won't release it in its previously presented form but I strongly believe that either Lionhead or MS will release something very similiar to it in the due course of time.

    Maybe it will be a way to interact with your children in a Fable 3 DLC?

    Who here wants Milo to be replaced with an Annoying Orange version?
    :D

      I think I speak for most people when I say get out.

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      Maybe they just were developing it as a posterboy but it never really will come out?

    What a shock! Peter Molyneux promised something revolutionary and ground-breaking... and didn't deliver... at all!

    Molyneux needs to learn to keep his mouth and ego in check until he reaches the point of actually being able to deliver what he's promising.

    Maybe the hardware was downgraded for Kinect, so the initial idea of Project Milo will not work (on current hardware)

    I saw it as more of a tech demo, really. That said, this isn't the first time the game's been rumoured to be cancelled, so not sure what to believe :P

    It was a bit creepy in the first place anyway. I'm not sure who the hell would have bought this 'game' either.

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