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Kinect Star Wars Announced -- Now You Can Be A Jedi In Your Living Room

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Posted June 6, 2011 - By Leah Jackson


Kinect Star Wars Announced -- Now You Can Be A Jedi In Your Living Room

Get ready to wield your invisible lightsaber and use the force when Kinect Star Wars force pushes its way on to the Xbox 360 this winter. Kinect Star Wars will include different modes set throughout both of the Star Wars trilogies. "In the "Jedi Destiny" mode -- which will be showcased at E3 -- you play one of several new characters in a story that begins shortly after the events of Star Wars: Episode One -- The Phantom Menace and concludes against the backdrop of Chancellor Palpatine's rise to power on Star Wars: Episode Three -- Revenge of the Sith," said Entertainment Weekly.

You'll also travel to places like Bespin, the giant cloud city from The Empire Strikes Back, and fight against the evil Darth Vader. In Kinect Star Wars you'll get to use "use the Force" to lift or throw objects, and you'll also be able to use your hands to mimic driving a pod racer, firing the guns on an X-wing fighter, and yeah, wielding a lightsaber. The devs also mentioned there will be a voice component, perhaps Jedi Mind Tricks, but they haven't confirmed or denied those to be true. 

"What we found early in development is that [no one wants] to look like 'Star Wars kid' in front of [their] friends," said Craig Derrick, LucasArts' lead producer on the project. "If I am doing these actions, and if I am seeing the character on screen repeating those actions, I want to look bad-ass. We decided to augment the animation, so when I sweep my hand right to left with my lightsaber, it’s going to look cool.  That was a major challenge and it works."

Are you going to be picking up Star Wars Kinect when it hits stores this winter? We'll be sure to give you even more Star Wars Kinect details during our extended E3 2011 coverage so stay tuned.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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