Kinect Star Wars won't be released in 2011

One of Microsoft's big Xbox 360 game announcements at E3 2011 last June was Kinect Star Wars. The third person action game from developer Terminal Reality and co-publisher LucasArts was originally scheduled for release before the end of this year. However, today Microsoft confirmed that Kinect Star Wars will be delayed. According to a statement from Microsoft posted on the Official Xbox Magazine web site, "Microsoft and LucasArts have elected to move the launch of Kinect Star Wars beyond holiday 2011 to ensure the full potential of this title is realized." A new release date was not announced but presumably the game's release has been pushed back to sometime in 2012.

Microsoft added that the delay of Kinect Star Wars also applies to the release of the special edition Xbox 360 Star Wars console that was first announced just a month ago. That means Star Wars fans won't be able to purchase the R2-D2 themed version of the game console with the 320 GB hard drive for their Christmas present for themselves.

The game itself is set during the prequel movie timeline as the player portrays a Jedi Knight during the Clone Wars era. Using the Kinect controller will let the player use their hands and body to fight with a light saber in the game. You will also be able to "use the Force" via the Kinect camera to lift and throw in-game objects. Other Kinect based actions will include driving a pod racer and firing lasers from a star fighter.

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