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THQ: Project Natal Late Next Year

Whoops! Did he mean to say that? THQ CEO Brian Farrell experienced a possible slip of the tongue in a recent Q1 earnings call, saying that Project Natal will launch late next year. His revelation wasn't exactly deliberate, but rather an answer to a question regarding hardware price cuts and market changes in the upcoming cycle.

"With respect to the cycle itself, if you look at what's happening in the industry, the fact that we have for example, Natal from Microsoft, a platform addition coming late next year," he said.

As pointed out by, Microsoft hasn't exactly stamped a release date on the corporate calendar in regards to Project Natal, or at least, not a date that the public is aware of. However last month Microsoft's Steve Ballmer revealed that Project Natal would indeed ship next year, but the when and how--whether Natal would be integrated into a new Xbox 360 model or sold as a stand-alone product (or both)--remains unknown.