Milo and Kate, the creepy kid simulator which was used to demo the Xbox 360's Kinect system, will never see the light of day according to a Microsoft Executive.
Spokesvole Aaaron Greenberg told an Australian TV show that the impressive demo would not be released as a playable game any time soon, saying, "The Milo Project is something that Lionhead Studios in their labs had developed. Last year we unveiled the Project Natal technology, we showed a bunch of technology demos as part of that. And obviously [Milo] is a technology demo that continues to exist, but right now it's not a game that we're planning to bring to market."
Microsoft says it is working hard on launch titles for the Kinect controllerless controller and now it looks like the disturbingly prepubescent artificially intelligent avatar and his dog Kate won't be part of the roster.
We reckon there's a better reason for dropping the interactive kid simulator from the launch line up. The whole thing was an elaborate fake.
Doesn't it seem just a little too convenient that the only time we have seen Milo in action has been in a highly controlled environment? Where are the Youtube clips of Jonathan Ross chatting with the virtual boy? Surely Lionhead studios could have released more footage of engineers working on the project by now.
Let's face it, until Microsoft provides further footage of someone who is not a paid Microsoft shill interacting with the overblown Tamagotchi, software we're calling shenanigans.
As far as we can tell the whole tech demo could easily have been a carefully scripted mix of pre-recorded responses and the skill of an actress with a decent sense of timing.
We understand that Kate and Milo is an incredibly complex concept and that those involved have to exercise a certain level of secrecy, but a whole year with no new footage smacks of failure.
Come on Lionhead and Microsoft... prove us wrong. We dare you.