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The game will be built on MJ's singular dance style, and players will be able to groove along to mega-hits like "Billie Jean" and "Beat It." According to a Ubisoft statement posted on MichaelJackson.com, gamers will get the chance to learn and re-create some of Jackson's dance moves.
A Ubisoft rep confirmed to MTV News that while there is no title for the game as of press time, the game should be available later in the year, in time for the holiday season. The company is staying mum on many of the details, but when asked whether the Jackson game would be accompanied by unique gaming hardware like the "Dance Dance Revolution" dance pad or "Rock Band" guitar, the rep told MTV News via e-mail that "the game is based upon performance (so both singing and dancing)."
Ubisoft worked with the executors of the Michael Jackson estate in the creation of the game. Estate co-executor John Branca said that fusing gaming with music is consistent with Jackson's game-changing legacy. "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," Branca said in the statement.
Co-executor John McClain agreed: "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."
The Jackson game will be available for Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360 (with the new Kinect device), PlayStation 3 with PlayStation Move support and PSP.
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