E3 2011: First details on Star Wars-based Kinect title

Ahead of Microsoft's pre-E3 2011 press conference on Monday, the first details of the long awaited Star Wars themed game for the Xbox 360's Kinect motion controller camera have been revealed. Entertainment Weekly's web site has the first major preview of the game as well as a trailer showing Star Wars Kinect in action.

Published by LucasArts, the game itself is being developed by Terminal Reality who also made 2009's Ghostbusters game for Atari among many other previous game projects. The game takes place in the prequel movie timeline, starting just after The Phantom Menace and ending around the time of Revenge of the Sith. You will apparently be playing a new character in the Star Wars universe and will also see other new additions to the Star Wars cast in the game. You will also travel to some familiar settings from the movies, including the cloud city of Bespin. Oh and it looks like Darth Vader himself might show up if the trailer is accurate.

The Kinect controller will allow players to use their hands and body to, yes, 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. The game will be demoed by Microsoft at E3 2011 this coming week and the game itself will be released sometime this winter, according to the article.

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