Kinect Star Wars, Limited Edition Xbox 360 Delayed
I feel a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of holiday sales dollars cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. Microsoft confirmed today that Kinect Star Wars and its limited edition Xbox 360 bundle will not arrive this fall.
"Microsoft and LucasArts have elected to move the launch of Kinect Star Wars beyond holiday 2011 to ensure the full potential of this title is realized," a spokesperson told OXM UK. "This move applies to both the Kinect Star Wars stand-alone game and the Kinect Star Wars Limited Edition Console. We will communicate additional timing information at a later date."
Kinect Star Wars takes place during the prequel trilogy and puts players in the role of a Jedi. Using Kinect's controller-free technology, players wield a lightsaber and throw objects with the Force via hand motions. They'll also get the opportunity to pilot an X-wing and a podracer. It's pretty much a tour of all things Star Wars.
The Xbox 360 Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars Bundle is a bundle of the game as well as a custom Xbox 360 with a 320GB hard drive. The console has been painted to look like R2-D2 and comes with a gold wireless controller inspired by C3PO. Considering how many people live and breath Star Wars out there, it's not hard to imagine that this $449.99 bundle would've been a popular holiday pick-up.
Many previews of Kinect Star Wars suggested that the game was suffering from lag or poor gesture recognition. A few extra months of development might do the game some good, then. Considering how many god-awful Star Wars titles have been released in the past, though, it's surprising (pleasing, even) to see a game get delayed for quality concerns.
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