X360 Wednesday, March 15, 2006 | 6:01 PM

Could it be... the Piñata?

Could it be... the Piñata?

Rumors are spreading that Microsoft and Rare will show Rare's next game tomorrow at an Microsoft expo, and now this image was put up on a blog from the people behind the expo. Could this be Viva Piñata, rumored to be the new Pokémon?
Update: Rare and Microsoft just announced Viva Piñata. First info up at official website.
Update #2: First images added.
Update #3: Another batch of images added. Release date is upcoming holiday. Update #4: Added the promotional video presenting some of the pinatas, and a few seconds of the game at around 3 minutes.


Promo video
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Commented on 2006-03-15 18:11:00
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Commented on 2006-03-15 18:15:09
http://www.xbw.nl/news/7842/

Check out the screens at the bottom, graphics are definately nice :)! Could be fun
Commented on 2006-03-15 18:17:02
It would be awesome if they announced it tomorrow and said their is a demo and short episode of the cartoon on marketplace! :)
Commented on 2006-03-15 18:18:20 In reply to cma112087
Posted by cma112087
YAY...first to comment...

i wonder wut game rare is putting out now.
dude stop right here, we don't need that: "YAY first comment" shit on here
just discuss the news/screens/movies

btw you guys should check the forum there's a thread about this game with screenshots

Edit:

Btw this game looks actually pretty interesting for a kids game ;)
Commented on 2006-03-15 18:22:43
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Commented on 2006-03-15 18:24:05
Yeah though, these graphics look extremely interesting. Really do like like pinatas.
Commented on 2006-03-15 18:25:13
Those screens reminds me Kameo.
It seems good
Commented on 2006-03-15 18:25:23
cut it out, cma112087
Commented on 2006-03-15 18:25:50
"i wonder wut game rare is putting out now."


Um, probably this one?


On a side note, I believe anyone who just posts things like "yay, I'm fist" ect should have their IP blocked... we don't need that pre-pubescent crap in here please.
Commented on 2006-03-15 18:26:35
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Commented on 2006-03-15 18:36:27
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Commented on 2006-03-15 18:36:55
Ahem

Looking very good. Btw... notice the 4xMSAA :D I wonder, when the pinatas move, do all the little paper shred things wiggle?? Also it looks like they did a good job on the grass. It seems to blend well... hopefully in motion the draw in LOD is done well enough where it does not look like it is "insta-grow" on you. Anyhow, this title is BURSTING with style, color, and detail. Reminds me of Banjo!
Commented on 2006-03-15 18:37:10
I'd definitely be one of the first to buy a stuffed animal based on these characters.
They just look so cool with that flappy pinata fur.
Commented on 2006-03-15 18:37:41
Looks great, very interesting!
Commented on 2006-03-15 18:38:34
Looks like they are really going for the multimedia assault. I love the art style, but I'm really afraid it's going to end up sacharine sweet. Releasing alongside side a cartoon for kids will do that. I did enjoy the original pokemons on the GB though, so what the hell, I'll probably give it a shot.

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Commented on 2006-03-15 18:40:46
Nice looking game for sure!
Commented on 2006-03-15 18:41:07
Aah this looks so lovely :) My inner child just awoke, i must get this game :p
Commented on 2006-03-15 18:42:01 In reply to Acert93
Posted by Acert93
I wonder, when the pinatas move, do all the little paper shred things wiggle?? Also it looks like they did a good job on the grass.
Hmm, upon closer inspection, I find it looks like a variation on the fur effect from other games, like Conker.
Would be quite the killer effect if they can get it moving around based on character movement!
Commented on 2006-03-15 18:42:27
Day & Night Cycle, weather effects, the grass actually has depth (notice the girls foot and how some grass is on her foot!), some very nice lighting, decent shadows (only complaint is the fuzzy edges on hard objects). Yeah, this looks very nice. I like the waxy look of the leaves and pumpkins.
Commented on 2006-03-15 18:44:03 In reply to PlumbDrumb
Posted by PlumbDrumb
Hmm, upon closer inspection, I find it looks like a variation on the fur effect from other games, like Conker.
It could be, that is why I am asking. I cannot wait to see this in motion. I am hoping the trees sway slightly in the breeze.

Also, with the Xbox 360 core being $299, having a nice kid (family) game like this could be a good system seller.
Commented on 2006-03-15 18:45:40
High quality water, DoF, HDR...looks like its got it all. Definitely has 4xAA turned on no doubt. This game looks graphically better than Kameo IMO.
Commented on 2006-03-15 18:48:20
Omfg, look where the shadow meets the grass. It really does look like the grass has depth to it. It looks like the shadows sink down under the top of the grass, instead of just sitting on top of it, or going strait to the bottom w/o even rendering it on the grass blades.

Edit:

Volumetric grass lol
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