Michael Jackson The Experience' video game out next week for Kinect and Move
The dance game Michael Jackson The Experience has already sold three million copies worldwide on the Nintendo Wii, DS and Sony PlayStation Portable. On Tuesday, Ubisoft releases versions for Microsoft's Kinect hands-free control system and Sony's PlayStation Move motion controller ($50).
"As a company, Ubisoft looked at what each of the three platforms would be able to do from a tech standpoint. We obviously wanted to highlight each with something cool and exclusive while using the the hardware the best way it could be used, working closely with the (Michael Jackson) estate," says Ubisoft's Michael Beadle.
The Kinect version uses the same proprietary player projection technology that Ubisoft used with Your Shape: Fitness Evolved. "It actually captures the images of the player with the Kinect camera and puts them in the game on the stage performing to MJ's greatest hits," he says.
Players can follow dance moves through the scrolling images on the right side of the screen or by watching the backup dancers performing the same choreography. "It puts you in the game and scores you off your movement," Beadle says. "It takes dance games and performance games to another level, which is cool for us."
The Move version of the game puts video of the player in the left hand corner of the screen. As you play the game, the Move captures video and photos that can be saved on the PS3's hard drive. Photos can be sent to Facebook. "The accuracy of the Move with the camera makes it very precise," he says. "and the HD graphics and high quality sound in both of these platforms is really high-end."
In multiplayer mode, both games let some sing and some dance. And these latest editions of the game include three tracks not found on the Wii: Blood on the Dance Floor, Stranger in Moscow and I Just Can't Stop Loving You. (WTF NO SONGS FROM INVINCIBLE? BOO)