Rumors about a new Michael Jackson-themed video game have been swirling for quite some time and today, Ubisoft Entertainment announced that the game will be called "Michael Jackson: The Experience" and that it is tentatively scheduled to be released in November, 2010. The game will be available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, DS, and PSP. The game was first announced at the end of the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.
There is no word as to which Michael Jackson songs will be included in the game, aside from "Beat It" and "Billie Jean."
As for gameplay, players will have the opportunity to "take center stage like Michael Jackson himself, and relive some of his most iconic performances." Even though the soundtrack hasn't been announced, you can be sure it will include many of Jackson's classic songs, and fans will be able to test their vocal skills. The image of the player will be projected onto the screen and you can watch your hands-free performance. But it's not just about singing, as could be expected with a game featuring the King of Pop, it's all about dancing, too. Up to four players can jump in and out of the game at any time.
So, what would Michael Jackson think about the game? The Co-Executors of his estate think he'd be thrilled with the idea. Said John Branca, "Michael always pushed every limit when it came to technology to give his fans unforgettable entertainment experiences, whether it involved his videos, his recordings or his concerts. Now, with this interactive product, we have the chance to bring Michael, the artist, into households around the world in a perfect match of Michael’s artistry and the family entertainment which he always highly valued. Kids, their parents, extended family members and friends will now have an opportunity to all come together and experience Michael’s music and dance in an innovative, exciting and fun way."
John McClain added, "No artist can energize a dance floor in the spirit of fun like Michael Jackson. His God-given gifts for music and dance are something new generations of fans will appreciate even more. This game is a natural extension of what he would be doing today to raise his artistry to even greater heights for his fans of all generations. It is a game that the entire family can experience and enjoy together and this is something that would please Michael tremendously."
Though a lot of details haven't been made known yet, it's clear Ubisoft plans to market the game as "family-friendly." Jackson, who died last year, is considered one of the most iconic entertainers of all time. During his time in the music business, he won 13 Grammy Awards, 26 American Music Awards, had 13 number one hits in the United States, and sold 750 million records. His album "Thriller" is the best-selling album all time in the world and he is the best-selling male solo artist of all time.
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