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Michael Jackson is coming to the video game world

Km4og7nc French video game publisher Ubisoft revealed at a pre-E3 news conference on Monday that it is producing a new music and rhythm video game featuring Michael Jackson.

Ubisoft's deal with the Jackson estate will allow it to include a number of the star's most famous titles. Two announced Monday were "Beat It" and "Billie Jean."

The untitled game, which is scheduled to come out this year, will allow players to learn and copy some of Jackson's most famous dance moves, as well as sing along as they already do in games such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero: World Tour.

The game will be available on every console and will take advantage of Microsoft's new Kinect peripheral for the Xbox 360, which tracks users' movements and will undoubtedly be used for gaming elements.

Sony Music is expected to release an album of unreleased Jackson material in November, and it's quite possible the game will come out simultaneously as part of a unified marketing push.

It marks a return to the video game world for Jackson, who was the star of the Sega console and arcade game “Moonwalker,” which was based on the 1988 film of the same name. In the game, Jackson used his trademark dance moves to defeat enemies and rescue children. Songs such as “Smooth Criminal,” “Beat It” and “Billie Jean” were given digitized makeovers for the game, and Jackson’s pet chimp Bubbles was utilized as a power-up to give the Jackson character special abilities.

It has been widely expected that the Jackson estate would make a deal with a video game publisher since last year, following in the footsteps of The Beatles: Rock Band, though that game wasn't as big a seller as those involved had hoped.

-- Ben Fritz and Todd Martens

Photo: Michael Jackson. Credit: Roslan Rahman / AFP / Getty Images.

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Great news! We heard rumours that there was a game in development before Michael Jackson died but nothing was confirmed. Looking forward to bustin some MJ moves.

It's too bad that people are honoring Michael in this fashion only after he has passed away. He deserved this kind of treatment when he was alive. I know that many of MJ's fans remained loyal to him during his trying times, but the media really did turn their backs on him and now they're trying to redeem themselves. I just can't stand it. Michael was such a unique person and should have been recognized as such.

Cool. I love games. That will be better than Rock Band and Guitar Hero.

Michael Jackson already entered the video game world in the 90s. Sega Genesis the game: Moonwalker. You could kill zombies with his hat that you threw like a boomerang. Also, some kind of 360 dance move with stars that would repel and kill zombies...

Michael Jackson is God!!

it will wait for with patience the videogame!

Michael is the BEST!!!!!

Have to agree with Darslow-- MJ deserved to see this kind of thing happen during his lifetime. That said, I am ridiculously excited to play this game!

Any other MJ fans out there planning to watch the upcoming Michael Jackson special, Gone Too Soon, on the TV Guide Network on June 25th? I can't wait!

Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3b9oXa9v8c



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