Kinect With A New Star Wars Game

xbox-360-kinect The 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is finally here, bringing us information on new Star Wars games!  Tonight, USA Today revealed that LucasArts and Microsoft will be developing a new Star Wars game for the Xbox 360 Kinect, Microsoft’s new motion-control videogame system.  Both the game and Kinect will be officially revealed later this week.

From USA Today:

Star Wars characters and iconic Disney favorites will be featured in separate new games being developed at Microsoft in conjunction with LucasArts and Disney

Kinect, formerly known as Project Natal, is Microsoft’s new revolutionary motion-control system.  The device requires no controls whatsoever, instead tracking your movements via multiple state-of-the-art cameras.  The device can support multiple people simultaneously, and sports such features as voice and facial recognition.

Stay tuned to this week’s E3 news for more information on the new Star Wars game and Xbox 360 Kinect.  To find out where to watch the announcements live, head on over to Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson.

Update 2: Kotaku was able to get their hands on a silent clip from the game, and IGN has a quick summary of what the game was about.  Head on over to IGN or hit the jump to read it.

Update: No photos are allowed at tonight’s VIP-only Kinect event, but Gizmodo was able to sneek a picture of the upcoming Star Wars game!   Hit the jump to check it out.

From IGN:

This could be the crown jewel of the Kinect launch should it wind up playing well. The demo showed a Jedi working his way through a series of enemies before confronting Darth Vader himself at the end. It looked like the game was on rails as far as forward motion goes with the player responsible for waving around a light saber and using arm thrusts to do force pushes.

In the game we saw the player deflect back blaster shots with the light saber and begin a full on duel with Darth Vader. All of the motion in the light saber is controlled by the player, which could make for some cool battles if it all works out smoothly.

The visual style was reminiscent of some of the Clone Wars CG movies and shorts that have been made recently.

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Image courtesy of Gizmodo

Source: USA Today, Gizmodo, Kotaku, IGN

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