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RedOctane working with Natal tech

New Guitar Hero to be motion-controlled?

RedOctane boss Kai Huang has hinted that the studio's next game could work with Project Natal technology.

"We haven't made any specific announcements of what we're doing with new technologies in Guitar Hero 6 and beyond," he told the Seattle Times, but one of the areas we're exploring certainly is camera technology and what you can do - track your movements and maybe have your characters on the screen do certain things you're doing, or personalise it more so it can look more like you on stage rather than just be an avatar.

"There are a lot of possibilities that technologies like Natal will bring and we're definitely exploring those possibilities," Huang added.

RedOctane is also investigating other types of music and different instruments. "In the US, country music is obviously very popular. Globally, classical music has always been very interesting. Latin music - there are just so many different genres of music and instruments that haven't been tapped into yet."

The studio's most recent release was DJ Hero, which failed to set the charts alight - but Huang is optimistic for the future. "We'll see how the rest of the year goes but so far the launch has been great," he said.

When asked whether he reckons DJ Hero will outsell Rock Band: The Beatles Huang replied, "We're planning for it to be the No. 1 new IP of the year. So, yeah, we're excited about it."

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