It’s been over a decade since Conker’s last solo adventure, but Microsoft plans to give the jacket-clad squirrel with a new look for HoloLens.
Conker’s now trademark adult-themed antics began with the Nintendo 64 release of Conker’s Bad Fur Day in 2001. Devoted fans have been calling for a Conker franchise revival for several years; the foul-mouthed squirrel appears in a content pack for Project Spark, however his last solo title released in 2005 with Conker: Live and Reloaded, the Xbox remake of the N64 title. Due to a string of internal disagreements within developer Rare, the followup to a lighthearted Game Boy Color game transformed into the raunchy, pop-culture filled hangover tale that gamers have grown fond of over the past decade.
Earlier today, Microsoft and Rare announced that Conker T. Squirrel will have a brand new game exclusive to Microsoft’s AR (augmented reality) interface, Microsoft HoloLens. Though fans may be holding out for another mature adventure, Young Conker is an augmented reality platformer, featuring a redesigned younger Conker.
Young Conker uses HoloLens to project Conker into the user’s living room or bedroom to simulate an action-platformer that uses the environment as game assets; Conker must traverse across the player’s furniture to collect coins and defeat enemies. As seen in Microsoft’s new promotional video for HoloLens, Conker adapts to the player’s surroundings in real-time, with examples being a sofa used as a trampoline, and Conker balancing on the edge of a table.
Developers interested in using Microsoft HoloLens can now apply to purchase the Development Edition. As this is an early build of Microsoft’s AR interface, the kit will only support English for the included apps and hardware GUI. To be eligible for an early HoloLens kit, developers must live within the US or Canada, and agree to become a Windows Insider member. Windows 10, Visual Studio 2015 and Unity 5.4 are required to develop HoloLens-compatible software.
If accepted, the developer will be invited to purchase the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition for $3,000. The first batch will begin shipping on 3/30.
Skype, HoloStudio, RoboRaid, Minecraft and Young Conker are currently in development for Microsoft HoloLens.
Image courtesy of Microsoft, Rare