*Michael Jackson fans are preparing for Tuesday’s release of Ubisoft’s updated “Michael Jackson: The Experience” video game, which is expanding to video game systems beyond the Wii and will also include singing the King of Pop’s songs.
The French videogame titan has sold about three million copies of a dance-only version released in late November for play on Nintendo Wii consoles. The new offering taps into motion and voice sensing capabilities of popular Kinect and Move accessories for the Xbox 360 and PS3 respectively.
“The Move is a platform dying for an awesome dance game and we already know it works on the Kinect,” Ubisoft senior vice president of sales and marketing Tony Key told AFP. “The timing is great.”
“Michael Jackson: The Experience” takes advantage of camera, voice and gesture-tracking capabilities of Kinect controllers for Xbox 360 consoles to track how well players are imitating the late music legend’s moves.
The game features Ubisoft technology that projects players into on-screen scenes inspired by Jackson’s live performances and music videos including his famous “Thriller” work.
Kinect players are represented by animated characters that mirror their appearances and movements.
“You actually see yourself moving and your goal is to follow along with the backup dancers,” Key said. “You can see your hair flitting, what you are wearing — all of that.”
Move player actions are tracked with the help of handheld wands, and dance steps executed by on-screen characters. Ubisoft tailored software to each game system’s strengths.
Unlike game play on the Wii, “Michael Jackson: The Experience” on the Kinect and Move combines singing the late artist’s hit songs with matching his trademark choreography.
“Michael Jackson had an awesome voice and was able to sing and dance like no other artist ever,” Key said. “This is about stepping into those shoes and trying to emulate him as much as possible.”
“Michael Jackson: The Experience” will be priced at $49.99 when it becomes available in the United States on Tuesday (April 12). The game will be released in Europe two days later.