Jedi wannabes will finally have a chance to join the Rebellion this spring.
Kinect Star Wars (LucasArts)After a series of delays, Kinect Star Wars will hit store shelves on April 3...and Microsoft is rolling out all the stops to promote it.
In addition to the game -- which lets players live out their Luke Skywalker fantasies through the Kinect motion capture peripheral -- Microsoft will begin selling a Kinect Star Wars Xbox 360 bundle for $449. The package will include an R2-D2 themed Xbox, a C-3PO gold controller, and an unlockable C-3PO for the game's, ahem, dance mode.
Yep. Dance mode. The possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field? Approximately 3,720 to 1. The possibility of C-3PO doing the robot? Almost certain.
Less certain is exactly how the new game will fare with fans. While Kinect Star Wars was one of the first shown when Kinect was introduced in 2010, it has been stuck in development for a long time. Originally due out during the holiday period last year, LucasArts and Microsoft held it back when they felt a disturbance in the Force after initial previews were less than enthusiastic, saying they wanted to "ensure the full potential of this title is realized."
While the lightsaber battles have been the most highlighted portions of the game, there's plenty more to do in the game's galaxy. You'll pilot Pod Racers, speeder bikes and landspeeders as you fight the Empire.
Also, as hinted above, there's a new Galactic Dance Off mode, where — and, really, we can't believe we're typing this — you'll get the chance to battle Darth Vader on the dance floor. Oh Mos Eisley, how far your cantina has fallen.
The game will also be playable in 3D, which just happens to coincide with the ongoing re-release of the Star Wars films in 3D in theaters starting later this month.
Using those screenings to promote the game, Microsoft and AMC are teaming up to offer hands-on time with Kinect Star Wars on Feb. 11. in 10 cities around the country, and three in Canada.
The marketing Force is strong with this one. Here's hoping the gameplay is, too.