UBISOFT ANNOUNCES MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO GAME
LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson fans will be able to moonwalk next to
the King of Pop in a new video game to be released this holiday season
by Ubisoft Entertainment.The as-yet-unnamed game will be among
the first to use new motion-detecting camera systems to be available
later this year for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3. The
announcement was made Monday at the E3 video game show in Los Angeles.
game will also work with hand-held controllers on Nintendo’s Wii and on
the smaller Nintendo DS and PSP portable console from Sony.
game’s launch will roughly coincide with the planned sale of a new
album containing unreleased Jackson recordings in November.
marketing vice president Tony Key says as part of the game, players
will learn how to mimic the late Jackson’s signature moves. Key says,
"You are going to learn to moonwalk."
Publisher Partners with The Estate of Michael Jackson for Ultimate Performance Experience
Los Angeles – June 14, 2010 –
Today, Ubisoft® announced the development of an interactive
performance-based video game, inspired by the legendary King of Pop,
Michael Jackson. The game is family entertainment at its best and will
provide an interactive experience that enables players to step into the
shoes of Michael Jackson himself and re-live his most iconic
performances through their own singing and dancing. The upcoming game
will include the most famous tracks from Michael Jackson’s extensive
catalogue such as Beat It and Billie Jean, as well
as an array of his awe-inspiring dance moves for players to learn and
emulate within the game. Additionally, fans will be able to sing along
and test their vocal skills while immersed in the performance.
Michael Jackson, one of the most widely beloved entertainers and the
most popular global icons of all time, leaves an indelible imprint on
popular music and culture. During his extraordinary career Jackson sold
an estimated 750 million records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles
and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He won 13 Grammy Awards and received the
American Music Award’s Artist of the Century Award. His album
"Thriller" is the world’s best-selling album of all time with more than
110 million copies sold.
"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," said John Branca,
co-executor for The Estate of Michael Jackson.
Added Michael Jackson Estate Co-Executor John McClain: "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."
"We’re delighted to have the opportunity to develop a game based on
the songs and moves of one of the world’s most incredible performers of
all time," said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft. "We
expect the game to bring Michael Jackson fans, families and friends
together with the energetic song and dance of The King of Pop."
The game will be available for "Project Natal" for Xbox 360® video
game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 system with
PlayStation®Move support, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system,
Nintendo’s Wii&tm; system and Nintendo DS&tm; handheld system,
for holiday 2010.
Ubisoft is a leading
producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment
products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and
diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices
in 26 countries and has sales in more than 55 countries around the
globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video
game titles to consumers. For the 2009-10 fiscal year Ubisoft generated
sales of € 871 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.