It's becoming a Razer tradition to announce crazy concept products at trade shows. Last CES, the PC hardware maker revealed the dinner tray-like Project Fiona PC tablet. This E3, it's no different: Razer is introducing the Artemis, a monstrous custom controller built exclusively for MechWarrior Online.
Part mechanical keypad, joystick and integrated display, the Artemis is the unofficial spiritual successor to the Steel Battalion mech robot controller that was released on the original Xbox.
To give you an idea of how excited Razer is about the Artemis, here's its marketing pizazz:
PILOT YOUR MECH AND RAIN DEVASTATION ON YOUR ENEMIES WITH THE PRECISE CONTROLS OF THE ERGONOMIC, ADJUSTABLE MECHSTICK, AND THE INTEGRATED MECHANICAL KEYPAD. INTER-DEVICE COMMUNICATION ALLOWS YOU TO EXPAND THE CONTROLS BETWEEN THE MECHSTICK AND THE INTEGRATED KEYPAD, OR OTHER RAZER PERIPHERALS.
FOR EXAMPLE, YOU CAN HOLD ON A MODIFIER KEY ON THE KEYPAD TO TEMPORARILY CHANGE THE FUNCTION OF THE TRIGGER ON THE MECHSTICK. THIS GIVES YOU ENDLESS CUSTOMIZABILITY OF YOUR CONTROLS.
All jokes about the caps lock aside, the Artemis does look like a very sweet controller, even if it would be a niche product for a single game.
The joystick controller has long been forgotten. What better time to revive it than now? Razer seems to think so, too.
Unfortunately, we didn't get to actually touch the Artemis. Razer kept it under an acrylic casing.
When pressed on whether or not the Artemis is a real product that'll ever make it into production, Razer reps refused to comment. Once again, Razer teases gamers with some serious badass concept prototype that'll probably never see the light of day. That's okay, because you can check it out in our gallery below instead.
Posted on location at E3 in Los Angeles, California.