In some rather unexpected news, Warner Bros. Interactive announced this morning that Double Fine Productions is working on a new game for
Johnny-5′s head Kinect. I suppose the real unexpected part of this news, however, is the fact that it will be a Sesame Street game.
According to the press release, the upcoming Kinect game will be “A truly original interactive experience” and players will experience “a living storybook…” in which “Parents and children literally become part of the whimsical storybook adventure by getting active together through dancing, jumping, flying and more.” While I’m not a huge fan of Sesame Street these days, I can see this game really being a huge hit with parents and kids alike. Double Fine has a solid reputation for creating great games with great characters, so seeing how they already have the character part handled for them, I’m sure they’ll deliver on a really unique and polished experience.
Tim Schafer had this to say about the whole situation, “Sesame Street had a profound effect on me, and many members of the Double Fine team, when we were children. So did video games. Now many of us are parents and we want to share with our kids the great experiences we had, but also the completely new ones made possible by cutting-edge technology like Kinect for Xbox 360. So it’s a labor of love on many levels.”
It will definitely be interesting to see how this turns out. I have a couple of little monkeys running around the house that would most likely dig something like this. Having Double Fine involved seems like it could be a form of children’s entertainment that I might actually be able to sit through without cringing. It would be cool to see this spawn some more forms of interactive media for children that also have some really great production values. Most of the time, those two just don’t match up. No word yet of a release date, but I’m sure Microsoft will be all up in your face about it since it’s a Kinect game and Kinect is the future(?).