On October 25, Microsoft will launch a pair of Kinect-enabled sequels to retail in the form of Dance Central 2 and Kinect Sports Season Two. The two titles share more than just a release date; they're also the first follow-ups to a pair of the most successful games of the motion-sensing Kinect peripheral's 2010 launch.
As reported by Joystiq today, Microsoft global Kinect games marketing director Michael Johnson has confirmed global sales figures for the original Dance Central and Kinect Sports. Harmonix's dance game has moved 2.5 million copies worldwide, outdone by Kinect Sports and its 3 million global sales total. (In January, Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg confirmed that each had topped 1 million copies sold by the end of 2010.) Johnson also noted that Dance Central was the bigger hit in North America, while Kinect Sports fared better in Europe.
While Dance Central 2 is set for release October 25 in North America, European gamers will be able to get their groove on October 21, with Japanese fans waiting for the game's October 27 debut. In keeping with the Rock Band developer's tradition, all original Dance Central songs can be imported into Dance Central 2. Additionally, the game will sport a new campaign mode, as well as simultaneous multiplayer dancing.
Kinect Sports Season Two's international launches will trail the American release, with Asia and Australia receiving the game October 27, followed by Europe on October 28. The second Kinect Sports game will expand on the array of sports given the motion-sensing camera treatment with skiing, baseball, golf, darts, tennis, and football all included in the new game.