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Ubisoft to make Michael Jackson video game

At E3, the video game developer announces it will deliver a video game for Xbox, PS3, Wii, Nintendo DS, and Sony PSP based on the king of pop's performances and have it ready for holiday 2010.

LOS ANGELES--Video game maker Ubisoft announced Monday that it expects to publish a game in time for holiday 2010 based on the life and performances of Michael Jackson.

According to a release from Ubisoft, which was timed to the E3 video game convention, the game, which doesn't yet have a name, will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS, and Sony PlayStation Portable. It will also be compatible with Kinect for Xbox and PlayStation Move.


Although it is planned for a holiday 2010 release, it's not clear if it will be one of the 15 launch titles for Kinect, which is expected to be available for sale on November 4.

The game will "provide an interactive experience that enables players to step into the shoes of Michael Jackson himself and re-live his most iconic performances through their own singing and dancing," Ubisoft's release explained. "The upcoming game will include the most famous tracks from Michael Jackson's extensive catalog such as 'Beat It' and 'Billie Jean,' as well as an array of his awe-inspiring dance moves for players to learn and emulate within the game."

On June 24, CNET News reporter Daniel Terdiman and his Geek Gestalt blog will kick off Road Trip 2010. After driving more than 18,000 miles in the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest and the Southeast over the last four years, I'll be looking for the best in technology, science, military, nature, aviation and more throughout the American Northeast. If you have a suggestion for someplace to visit, drop me a line. In the meantime, you can follow my preparations for the project on Twitter @GreeterDan and @RoadTrip.