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E3 2010: Ubisoft announces Michael Jackson game – dance battle ensues

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Grab your zippered red leather and get to moon walking people, because this is war. Less than 24 hours after Microsoft revealed that its motion-sensitive baby Project Natal would be renamed Kinect, we have not one, but two dancing games competing to make you look like a doofus in your living room.

The first, Dance Central, is coming from Harmonix. However, you had to know that Sony, which owns Michael Jackson’s catalog, was about as likely to give Microsoft access to the King of Pop’s tunes as Lady Gaga showing up to a concert in curlers and sweat pants. Instead, they appear to have cut a deal with publisher Ubisoft to create an entire Kinect game centered around Michael Jackson’s music, mainly singing and dancing to it.

Aaaaannnnddddd… that’s about all we know at this point. The game’s name might actually be Michael Jackson, if the screen at Ubisoft’s press conference is to be trusted. It might be something else. But it will clearly have the song “Beat It” somewhere on its soundtrack, and it’s an iron-clad certainty that you will not look as good while playing it as you think you do when it comes out in winter this year.

June 14, 2010

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  • Persona - June 16, 2010 2:03 p.m.

    Uhhh.. Have respect for the dead please Ubisoft? Well unless their 1000's of years old where you can stab them to death anyway. Geh.. I have a really stinkin bad feelin about this
  • Metroidhunter32 - June 15, 2010 3:29 p.m.

    We look at Just Dance and see one of the worst games ever. Microsoft looks at just dance and sees 2 million units sold. Thus, rip offs ensue.
  • Gex4212 - June 15, 2010 8:13 a.m.

    sorry i cant spell tonight.... I meant "the game" and "dance moves". Oh I forgot to add that I would love to be in the thriller or beat it video. Shoot and even billie Jean. Its a crazy idea but sounds fun :P
  • Gex4212 - June 15, 2010 8:10 a.m.

    the only way i could see this being decent is that if they game can incorporate you into his music videos to follow the dance movies...and rate you on the dancing. Sort of like a much better version of Just Dance.
  • Barkinator - June 15, 2010 7:57 a.m.

    When I saw this I didn't even think it was a game I thought it was just Ubisoft ending their expo in the stupidest way possible.
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 15, 2010 5:44 a.m.

    Too many rhythm games, not enough platformers...
  • egregious - June 15, 2010 3:58 a.m.

    Was hoping for an HD version of Moonwalker on the Genesis/Mega Drive. Left disappointed. :(
  • Ridgley - June 15, 2010 3:43 a.m.

    They described nothing about the game!!!
  • 8bitBaby - June 15, 2010 3:42 a.m.

    i didnt understand this at all. why didnt they just explain it instead of making us watch those kids dance erratically and off key. whatever... MJ would disapprove of their rhythmless dancing.
  • mgkyo666 - June 15, 2010 3:12 a.m.

    Must....fight...urge...to wear a.....JERICURL!!!!!

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