Kinectimals adding bears

Upgrade to Kinect-driven pet game adds a new adventure, pandas, grizzlies, and more; set for release as add-on or in bundled retail release this fall.

Last year's Kinectimals allowed players to enjoy all the cuteness of baby tigers, leopards, and other big cats with none of the danger to life and limb. Microsoft is expanding on that idea, as today it announced an expansion that would serve the same need for those who love the idea of playing with bear cubs but hate the idea of being savagely mauled.

This fall, Kinectimals will "bear" all.

Set for release this fall, Kinectimals Now with Bears will be available as a $50 stand-alone retail game or a $15 downloadable add-on for the original game. As the name suggests, the expansion's big attraction are the ursine additions, including a black bear, grizzly bear, polar bear, panda bear, and more. The game will also feature a new guide and a new plot in which the player and a cub explore Bear Island in the footsteps of a famous explorer in search of buried treasure.

A combination of pet simulator and minigame collection, the original Kinectimals let players adopt and care for a variety of different big cat cubs like tigers, leopards, and so forth. Using the Kinect camera, players could play with the pets, teach them tricks, and perform a number of more unlikely activities like racing them around obstacle courses on remote control cars.

For more on the original Kinectimals, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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King-gamer
King-gamer

They should have made Kinectimals: Meet the Pyro Edition. You take the role of a pyro with a flamethrower and burn every one of those kinectimal in sight. Definite Game of the Year.

JGMRACING
JGMRACING

@zidan4000 Lol, the first gameplay video had that guy when he was picking his pet say: "Hey look! I think that's a bear! I'm gonna pick the bear!" it wasn't, but it's funny that they're actually gonna put bears into the game. Why not just put as many different types of animals in the game as possible, and remove the constant screaming of 'Bumble' saying: "DO AN EVENT WITH YOUR CUB!!!! NOOOOWWWWW!!!!".

JGMRACING
JGMRACING

"The game will also feature a new guide and a new plot in which the player and a cub explore Bear Island in the footsteps of a famous explorer in search of buried treasure. " Isn't that what you already do in it? GameSpot is really starting to sound as dumb as rocks, and more often than not they don't even look for spelling errors and problems with the pictures.

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Every game sounds immediately better with that subtitle. Imagine.... Batman Arkham City: Now With Bears!, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Now With Bears and of course, Zelda Skyward Sword Now With Bears!

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

Yes, that was this games biggest problem. Lack of bears.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

OH BOY! Time to buy a Kinect!!!!!... is my sarcasm too obvious?

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

I had a bear in my house last night. I don't need them on TV too.

zidan4000
zidan4000

kinectimals now with bears is a very creepy name as it reminds me of something that i don't think that i am allowed to mention here.

noxboxlive
noxboxlive

I think we have the best name of 2011 people

hockeyruler12
hockeyruler12

This is just sad, but I will say that "Kinectimals Now With Bears" is a hilariously awesome name.

Iszdope
Iszdope

Awesome. Maybe one day my panther Susej will have amassed enough trust & courage to come trekking with me 'n' me Kodiak ! Great game.

n00dles4
n00dles4

It's genuinely sad to see the once legendary David Braben having to make stuff like this just to keep his company afloat. I'm sure that he, and millions of others, would rather this was news about the imminent release of Elite IV.

petezahut12001
petezahut12001

Someone needs to relay this information to Stephen Colbert immediately.

Renzokucant
Renzokucant

*shakes head in an embarrassed and unsatisfied way*

mgc9811
mgc9811

now i can play with bears. SWEEEEEEEEEEEET!

Konxumer
Konxumer

Teaching your kids that BEARS are cuddly pets! That's plain crazy talk. On second thought, they already jumped that shark with tigers. On third thought, jumping a shark while riding a tiger would be pretty awesome.

magicalclick
magicalclick

@SolidTy they are selling Kinectimals:Bears for 50 bucks. That's the one I want to buy since I don't have Kinectimals yet. I woudlnt' surprised some people bought both DVDs for 50bucks each though.

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

Fifteen dollars. I'm literally laughing hysterically right now !

PdPstyle
PdPstyle

Some of you don't seem to get it. Kinectimals is for children...or parents with children. M$ nor the developers care that you "hardcores" dont want to play it. It was not developed for you...

packers91
packers91

This is exactly what I needed to see to push me over the brink into kinect owenership, I shall now spend the rest of my days rubbing virtual bears

Kagutsuchi22
Kagutsuchi22

Despite how people may feel about the game itself, the best part of the article was the last sentence of the first paragraph. "...for those who love the idea of playing with bear cubs but hate the idea of being savagely mauled." That was a true "laugh out loud" moment.

mcmax3000
mcmax3000

I don't see a problem with this at all. The description of a new guide & new plot on a new island, along with the new animal type seems like it would be worth $15 if you were really into the original game. I didn't like the original game enough to spend more money on it but it was far from the terrible game that the rest of you here (whom have probably never played it) are trying to make it out to be.

duron2
duron2

That appears to be way too overpriced for this. I do not believe the game was successful enough to be charging that amount.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

that is M$ for you release a stupid dlc for a crappy game and way over charge it

shadow655
shadow655

@Septillize Dude Microsoft only cares about making money. As long as there Live users increase nothing else matters to them.

SubtleArts
SubtleArts

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Septillize
Septillize

I'm sorry, but shouldn't Microsoft invest more money into hardcore games, considering that will not only sell better, rank better, and please the masses, but it will also make MS look better.

Warshock
Warshock

oh no.....they might of just found a way to make me play the game....

DesertLynx83
DesertLynx83

Aww, they're cute...but Kinect still sucks!

magicalclick
magicalclick

Oh yes yes yes, I am a big fan of bears, aside from puppies. I maybe too old to play it, but, gosh, I wanna hug.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@killerlavaman I would like to purchase your game. What might the release date be?

Un4givingAsault
Un4givingAsault

Make a game where I can box a kangaroo and wrestle a bear and i will be in

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

So? this is some sort of Super Kinectimals: Arcade Edition?

NickyWithATicky
NickyWithATicky

If that kid at e3 2010 said "Good doggy" to a tiger, what's she gonna say when confronted with grizzly? My money's on "Good Seagull".

EdibleFood
EdibleFood

Best news from microsoft in years. -_-

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

needs more pandas. wait a minute....

killerlavaman
killerlavaman

the kinect should have more games for the hardcore gamer. games like kinectimals: baby seal clubbing... i got nothing

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Should they be teaching kids to play with bears?

djxpetrovic
djxpetrovic

@svaubel I think you just didn't know how to have fun with the games. I personally didn't play Kinectimals, but I used my Kinect from day 1, bowling, adventures, dance cetral and fitness are all good to play!

marlobc
marlobc

more kids overacting like in e3 microsoft conference lol?

svaubel
svaubel

Guess I can dust off the Kinect again, how many months has it been since I last used it?

Mijati
Mijati

I wonder if there'll be any interaction between this and the upcoming Mobile Kinectimals game.

Rocker6
Rocker6

LOL,I already forgot this game even existed.BTW I agree with Diophage,that would make the game at least a bit fun!

Diophage
Diophage

This game would be better if I could feed my pet (in gruesome detail) another animal.