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Kinect post-launch line-up taking shape

All titles for debut confirmed, additional software support emerging

Microsoft has clarified the initial launch line-up for new controller-free control system Kinect, with 15 titles due for the US launch on November 4.

The company has yet to officially announce a price for Kinect, although an apparent leak by US retailer GameStop suggests that the standalone unit will cost $149.99. Rumours also abound that Kinect will ship in two different SKUs.

The full line-up of launch titles has been confirmed as the following:

  • Kinect Sports (Microsoft)
  • Kinect Adventures! (Microsoft)
  • Kinectimals (Microsoft)
  • Kinect Joy Ride (Microsoft)
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved (Ubisoft)
  • Dance Central (MTV Games)
  • EA Sports Active 2 (EA)
  • Sonic Free Riders (Sega)
  • Deca Sports (aka Sports Island) Freedom (Hudson)
  • Dance Masters (Konami)
  • Adrenalin Misfits (Konami)
  • Zumba Fitness (Majesco)
  • Motion Sports (Ubisoft)
  • The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout (THQ)
  • Game Party: In Motion (Warner Bros)

Other games confirmed to support Kinect include the unnamed Star Wars and Forza Motorsport titles shown at Microsoft's pre-E3 conference and due for release in 2011. Kinect will also offer video chat via the 360 dashboard.

Although announced in 2009 as supporting the device there was no mention of Kinect functionality for Lionhead Studio's Fable III at this year's conference - nor any sign of key 2009 demonstration Milo & Kate. Subsequent preview events at E3 itself though may reveal further details of both games.

New games revealed this year as supporting the technology include Ubisoft's Child of Eden, a spiritual sequel to Rez from Q Entertainment, and Ubisoft's new Michael Jackson: The Game.

All Kinect titles will ship in a new, purple-coloured box - distinct from from the green hues of standard 360 games. More titles may well be announced as the show goes on.

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David Jenkins