Kinect Star Wars delayed

LucasArts confirms motion-sensing version of sci-fi series and accompanying hardware bundle won't make it out this year; delay made "to ensure the full potential of this title is realized."

Star Wars may have been set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but the sci-fi series' first Kinect-compatible game is further into the future than ever. LucasArts today confirmed for GameSpot that Kinect Star Wars and its limited edition Xbox 360 console bundle are going to miss their previously announced launch window.

This rampaging Rancor is apparently very upset with the delay.

"Microsoft and LucasArts have elected to move the launch of Kinect Star Wars beyond holiday 2011 to ensure the full potential of this title is realized," a LucasArts representative said. "This move applies to both the Kinect Star Wars stand-alone game and the Kinect Star Wars Limited Edition Console. We will communicate additional timing information at a later date."

Originally announced at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Kinect Star Wars is set primarily during the time of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, with overlapping bits of the other prequel trilogy films and nods to the original Star Wars trilogy as well. Players will take orders from Yoda, cleave their way through armies of battle droids, and use Kinect-enabled Force powers to battle the Dark Side.

The game's hardware bundle will include a 320GB Xbox 360 console with an R2-D2 theme, a metallic C-3PO controller, a white Kinect sensor, and a copy of the game for $450. For comparison, the current 250GB Xbox 360 Kinect bundle with Kinect Adventures sells for $400.

For more on Kinect Star Wars, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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113 comments
littlejoe8802
littlejoe8802

I don't care how bad the game is going to be, that is not why I'll be buying it. The 360 and controller looks awesome and I can't wait to have my own R2 unit to play COD and Gears of War on!!!!

killdot1335
killdot1335

This is impossible, even for a computer.

Megleeker
Megleeker

That R2 is fitted with a restraining bolt? Was there Hutt involvement at this presentation?

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

@Henrique2324 A polished turd is still a turd...

Uberfinn
Uberfinn

Kinect was aimed too much towards the Wii. Microsoft totally disregarded the hardcore gamers and tried to make a device to boost sales of the 360 to people who were coming from a Wii or considering a Wii. Microsoft fails at marketing, and it's apparent again. They have a conflict of identity and now have a product that doesn't have great 3rd party support. So far, Kinect is a fail in terms of longevity. Sure, it'll sell, and that's all they care about...but in terms of actual use, I kinda think it's peaked. Sad, because it hardly got used.

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TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

The problem with Kinect is that real games don't work with it. It's cool to help you exercise in a more fun way, but that's it.

bdiccus
bdiccus

The only thing that's going to be realized is how badly this game is going to suck. Just like all the other "hard-core" games coming out for the Kinect. Best thing that could happen is that the release the console, which is cool, with all the Lego SW games instead.

XanderZane
XanderZane

I've already pre-ordered mine, but I can wait. They need to fix the game. Graphics need to be improved and the control is very laggy. The game needs a lot of work so I'm kind of happy with the delay. The Rancor running rampage demonstration did not look great. I still have high hopes for the game.

coop36
coop36

The console and control actually look pretty cool. But its obvious how bad the kinect game has looked. It was a cool idea but theyre just doing it in a weird way, I dont think will work out well.

WiteLite
WiteLite

off topic, but i cant imagine how bad that gold controller will show fingerprints and smudges.

Crypto145
Crypto145

No way this game can be good.

Skargamer
Skargamer

Whatever you say, that Xbox bundle looks freakin awesome.

zzamaro
zzamaro

@SolidTy pics or it didn't happen

ElFlechero
ElFlechero

They realized that for the game to "reach it's full potential" they had to make it controlled by the Move, since then you could have one-to-one lightsaber control. sorry, just trolling, and lamenting an opportunity lost.

thetomato13
thetomato13

LucaAarts delaying a game to maximise the quality? Sod off.

WarpedCore
WarpedCore

I have a bad feeling about this.

BoabDreeps
BoabDreeps

I can't imagine this being anything other than a pretty looking bore of a game. Kinect is not the way forward. It seems to limit game play more than it claims to expand it. I wish someone would develop a proper Star Wars game for the Xbox. What about a revised version of the X-Wing series? The Xbox is seriously short of space combat games and that's one that could have the potential to be a massive hit. I still play the old PC version. Also missing a good Star Wars FPS.

AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

"to ensure the full potential of this title is realized." Yeah, good luck with that.

J_I_B_B_E_R
J_I_B_B_E_R

mmm... lose lots of sales not releasing this for xmas they will.

drytal
drytal

Why are people still being negative about the kinect I don't see Sony or Nintendo with anything better ms should keep getting kudos for bringing something new to gaming no matter what.this is only the start but its picking up speed fast. People always act ignorant when things start to change get over it.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

From what I've seen it did still need a spit and polish, but even then it didn't look that brilliant.. I suppose you're quite limited though with an on the rails game like this; without a 'nunchuk' type of controller for basic movement it's going to be hard to get away from such games though. Don't get me wrong it looks alright, but the potential for it could have been huge.

yeebsey
yeebsey

another kinect game on rails..... yay?

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

I don't even care anymore about the kinect unless its price drops to $60 with a packaged game. This game would make me buy a kinect for that price.

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

I think thats a good thing, it needs more action and atmosphere from what I've heard of the previews etc, its seems very much run of the mill and the pallet is a bit bland... 360a.org has seen it a couple of times and they weren't impressed. i'm looking forward to the game but I'm glad they've decided not to rush it

silverdoe
silverdoe

the force is not strong with this!

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

"Lightsaber ON!!!!!!" - I want to hear Samuel Jackson say that.

gamble79
gamble79

Sometimes good things come to those who wait.

reavin81
reavin81

OK so it got pushed back, to me that's a good thing cause i want this to be like as awesome as kotor was the first time i played it. i was so blown away when i played it i want the same reaction from this

Evenios
Evenios

the force is not with you.

zequex
zequex

Crap! I REALLY WANT that console! The game itself is an add-on. Oh, and the podracing sounds good. :)

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Well the good news is that they realised the "pack in" game sucked. So they delayed it and are trying to make the game better. kinect is not suited to anything but mini games. At least MS gets a A for effort. It would be difficult to play a star wars game without a controller. Well give them credit for a least trying. So no Star wars bundle for Christmas.

louie_cloud
louie_cloud

lol the star wars kinect demo videos at e3 shows some input delays, now were having delays, the irony is stunning lmao

halojp23
halojp23

how about they make games we want like battlefront 3 and well you know the others

Llama345
Llama345

That console and controller are the sweetest thing since sugar. I'd pay $60 for that controller.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Maybe they will just keep delaying it and never release it for the sake of gaming.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

There is no potential for this game, potential to be the worst game on 360 is what it has.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@Reuwsaat I think there is a good chance that the game may not live up to expectations, but you're right, that controller does look awesome! I really hyped for the console and I wouldn't care if it came with The Golden Compass, I still want that bundle!lol

MATERAZZI_23
MATERAZZI_23

That famous Miyamoto quote does not apply on this one.

Heavenly_King
Heavenly_King

I wonder if it is because the game sucks? RE LOL

Godendag
Godendag

So much potential and still, they're still making f**ing mini games.

alienmlbyrne0
alienmlbyrne0

Who cares? Kinect sucks! but the console looks good, feel bad for the people who were hanging out for that:(

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

This is a smart move on the part of Lucasarts. The game clearly needs more development time (read any impressions from the game at E3 to see what I mean) and so now it's going to get that. Hopefully, a much better product will be the result.

bigg_p
bigg_p

I preordered this a over month ago, and would gladly buy it without the game... Oh well, there goes one of my christmas presents :(

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

OK, so if they delay this so its "full potential is realized" and it isn't completely amazing when it does come out can we finally forget about Kinect? Or at least quit reporting about it.