Project Natal landing in October?

Microsoft has been tight-lipped about Project Natal's release date. But a company rep told Saudi TV that it will be released in October.

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Microsoft's Project Natal, an Xbox 360 add-on that will allow gamers to use their bodies to control on-screen action, will be released in October, according to comments made by a Microsoft representative in a recent interview.

"So I do have great news to share with everybody," Syed Bilal Tariq, a marketing manager at Microsoft's Saudi Arabia division told Saudi TV station KSA 2. "Project Natal will be launched in Saudi Arabia the same time it will be launched in the world. That is going to be somewhere in October."

Gamertag Radio, a video game enthusiast site, posted the video on Monday.

Tariq added that Microsoft "will be in a position to confirm the date after E3, which is in June. But definitely, it is going to be October 2010."

Not everyone in the Microsoft camp is willing to say Project Natal is slated for an October release. A stateside Microsoft representative said in an e-mailed statement that, "as we confirmed earlier this year, Project Natal will launch this holiday." The representative went on to say that Microsoft has "no further details to share at this time."

The United States-based statement echoes what Microsoft has been saying since CES in January, when the company announced that Project Natal will be available for this year's holiday-shopping season. Microsoft's official Project Natal site also states that it will be released in that time frame.

More details about Project Natal will likely be revealed next month at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles.

Updated at 10:16 a.m. PDT to include Microsoft's statement.