The development team at EA Sports working on the upcoming Madden NFL 13 will integrate the Kinect motion tracking system from Microsoft on the Xbox 360 and the game creators believe that the peripheral will allow players to quickly move through the game and its extensive options.
Victor Lugo, who is a designer working on Madden NFL 13
, told Eurogamer that, “It can be confusing with the amount of options we put on the screen to navigate menus. We wanted to use very common language that people can understand to try to allow them to use these commands.”
He added, “There are commands that we’re loading directly into the game right now. What dynamic grammars do is take text and dynamically load it in, the name of the characters you have, your custom audibles and basically uses phonics to sound it out.”
Lugo says that there are more than 6,000 commands, when the name of the player and the various custom audibles are taken into account.
Kinect has not been embraced by the most important game franchises because, despite its impressive capabilities, the device still has trouble with motion recognition and lag.
However, the voice command portion works without a hitch and it seems that EA Sports trusts it to enhance the gameplay of its American football simulation.
The Tiburon studio promised that the new version of Madden
would introduce more physics elements to the game, while also making it easier for gamers to select the plays they want to run and then implement them on the field.
Madden NFL 13 is set to launch on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 on August 28 and the game will also have versions for the Nintendo Wii and for the PlayStation Vita.
Presumably, a Wii U version will also arrive when the next-gen console is out.