Ubisoft announced yesterday that its hit Christmas release Michael Jackson The Experience has sold through two million units to date. The latest sales figures do not include Japan, which has one of the largest and most passionate concentrations of Michael Jackson fans anywhere. The game is scheduled to come out in Japan later this year.
Launched at the end of November, Michael Jackson The Experience allows players to experience the magic of the King of Pop by performing dance moves inspired by his choreography, while listening to and singing along with the music that continues to excite and move people today.
“Michael Jackson The Experience is a worldwide hit and offers fans the game they have been waiting for,” said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer of Ubisoft. “As the leader in the dance game genre, our teams have worked enthusiastically to build an experience that recreates the magic worlds of Michael Jackson’s videos and performances. We’re looking forward to bringing Michael Jackson The Experience to Kinect and Move so an even bigger audience can enjoy playing the game with their friends and family too.”
“We are extremely thrilled with how people around the world are embracing and enjoying Michael Jackson The Experience,” said John Branca and John McClain, the executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson. “The passion they are showing for learning and performing Michael’s signature dance moves to the songs they have loved for years is a tribute to his amazing legacy. Families are sharing an entertainment experience that is fun, unique and energizing.”
Ubisoft brings Michael Jackson The Experience to Kinect™ for Xbox 360® and PlayStation®Move Motion Controller for the PlayStation®3 on April 15th 2011. For the first time ever, the Kinect and PlayStationMove game play experiences allow fans to dance, and sing, for a complete performance experience. Also new to Kinect and PlayStationMove are the songs “Blood on the Dance Floor” and “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” with additional tracks to be revealed soon.
The Kinect and PlayStation3 versions will include new exclusive features that greatly enrich the player’s experience. In the Kinect version, Ubisoft’s proprietary Player Projection technology projects the player on-screen and into the game itself. The player’s body is tracked, allowing them to see their true movements and steps reproduced in the game. This level of immersion allows players to be surrounded by environments inspired by the music videos and live performances of each Michael Jackson song. Exciting co-op and Battle multiplayer modes allow up to four players to collaborate or compete for the best performer prize with the Kinect version. In addition, different difficulty levels and a practice mode ensure that the game is both accessible and challenging.
Unique to the PlayStationMove version is an automatic Facebook® feed that allows the player to instantly post their progress and pictures of themselves playing the game to their Facebook page, showcasing their Michael Jackson skills for friends to admire. The game play also adapts to the available hardware (Move only, microphone only or Move plus microphone) and offers dancing, singing or dancing and singing depending on the accessories owned by the player. Additionally, the Michael Jackson School Mode takes advantage of both the Playstation Eye and Kinect by allowing players to see themselves on screen at the side of renowned dancers that actually worked with Michael Jackson to learn the iconic moves of the King of Pop.
Watch the Michael Jackson: The Experience gameplay trailer here: