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The death sales blitz goes Xbox: Michael Jackson moonwalks for eternity
The onslaught of Michael Jackson post-death releases has started — with a video game.
After a $200 million acquisition made in March, Sony owns the right to use Jackson's likeness in albums, DVDs, and video games from now until 2017. There were rumors about Michael Jackson working on a video game near the time of his death and now fans will have the chance to moonwalk in Jackson's shoes.
The Michael Jackson game (which doesn't have an official title yet) will be a performance-based game with players rated on their singing and dancing, essentially their MJ moves. It will be available before the Christmas shopping season for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, and PSP. The movement aspect of the game will work with new hardware, Kinect for Xbox 360, and the PS3 Move.
This titled is being produced in a partnership with the executors of Michael Jackson's estate, who agreed to let game developers Ubisoft create it.
"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," John Branca, co-executor for The Estate of Michael Jackson, said.
"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."
Of course Michael Jackson is known as the King of Pop, but he was also a video game developer. He helped create Michael Jackson's Moonwalker for Sega systems and arcades back in 1989. Moonwalker is something of an unintentionally funny game because the plot involves Michael saving the kids from outer space kidnappers. Definitely a game worth playing, but only with few drinks.
The Michael Jackson game is going to feature hits like "Beat It." Finally a game based on Jackson's love for music and dance, not children.