Michael Phelps pushing the limit on Kinect

Olympian swimmer set to make console debut this June; development handed off to Blitz Games.

A little over two years ago, 505 Games announced that it was making a game starring Olympic champion Michael Phelps. The publisher went quiet on the subject after that, but the project resurfaced today with 505's confirmation that the Kinect-enabled Michael Phelps - Push the Limit will arrive on the Xbox 360 this June.

But will players be required to flood their living rooms?

505 Games also announced a new developer for Michael Phelps' console debut. Two years ago, the publisher's own LA studio was entrusted with making the game. However, today 505 referred to Blitz Games as the developer for Push the Limit.

Blitz already has some experience working with Microsoft's motion-sensing camera controller, having released The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout at the peripheral's launch last year. Gamers may also recognize Blitz Games as the studio behind Xbox launch title Fuzion Frenzy and a trio of Burger King promotional games for the Xbox and Xbox 360.

Michael Phelps - Push the Limit will cast players as an unknown swimmer working up the rankings in tournaments around the world. While Phelps will assist the player with advice along the way, he'll also serve as a competitor at the culmination of the career mode, an "Annual Games" tournament featuring the best swimmers in the world.

Phelps became a household name in the US after a dominant performance in Beijing's 2008 Olympic Games. The American swimmer won a record eight gold medals at the event, breaking seven world records in the process.

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59 comments
NDegree
NDegree

Good technology used for bad softwares!!! Kinect maybe work with some games but not for all. To be honest after seen so many creative hacks I wish that Kinect wasn't for games because these kind of (exclusive) games are only making fun of the technology.

firehawk998
firehawk998

The Ron Jeremy Experience coming to Kinect this Christmas. You heard it right here folks :p

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

Oh man this is going to be awesome. Now all I need to do is find a way to hack into all those Kinect cameras so I can laugh my ass off watching anyone who plays this joke :P

ColonelX24
ColonelX24

I don't get how the gameplay would work. You couldn't lie on the floor and swim, because Kinect has a hard enough time with sitting people. So,,,

steelmouth
steelmouth

@gypsygib the same as to people taking any spot or going to the gym, VIDEO GAMES or in this case Kinect, Welcome to the future

steelmouth
steelmouth

I love Michael Phelps and Kinect but am honestly puzzled and curious of how on earth is a swimming game to be played without controllers, can a swimming game even be playable in the 1st place And looking at the games Blitz have so far done for the x360 (Fuzion Frenzy, Biggest Loser, Burger King) this looks set for disaster. PLEASE Michael Phelps take your name of this thing

zzamaro
zzamaro

@hotmail.comkris9031998 Shark! > :lol: that's funny, looks like Kinect games are great to make jokes of them

benz1980i
benz1980i

I imagine that you'll have to lay on the floor, kick your feet and wave your arms around lol Seriously, whats going on with the world these days?? They'll sell about 3 copies

IceJester45
IceJester45

A better developer or publisher might be able to pull this off, but I don't have much faith in Blitz or 505.

majere613
majere613

Erm. A motion-control swimming game. Nope, I got nothing. Bizarre.

majere613
majere613

Erm. A motion-control swimming game. Nope, I got nothing. Bizarre.

Chickan_117
Chickan_117

I think you'll find that a lot of this game is "training" and not actual swimming. Surely it would have to be right? They couldn't make a title just for swimming!

noturfangirl
noturfangirl

An on rails swimming game?...........................FAIL Go outside and swim, it will be free and more fun.

inferno394
inferno394

Wow, these upcoming kinect games sound and look dry as all get out!

organbank
organbank

Will there be a bucket bong mini game?

megakick
megakick

a game just with 1 olympic sport, hope it is cheap.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Michael Phelps should just stick with Subway commercials and not try to make a failure for the Kinects.

aGiantSquirrel
aGiantSquirrel

Looks like a game I could get into for about ten minutes and get bored. Sure, Kinect and motion controls can replicate some actions pretty accurately, like a boxing game for example. You punch, and the guy on the screen punches. But how do you replicate swimming with Kinect??? Kinect has limitations. The whole goal with Kinect is to create good games within those limitations that truly add to the gaming experience. Otherwise, waving your arm using kinect to get a guy to swim will be just as poorly accurate as pushing a button! Then the whole point of motion controls is lost.

Swedenik
Swedenik

The Killzone 3 motion control actually might be kind of fun, particularly because you can't just go outside and shoot at people. But swimming? The whole point of video games is to do things THAT YOU VOULD NEVER ACUTALLY DO i.e. killing tons of people, playing in the nhl, casting magic spells, infiltrating highly defended government facilities...the list goes on

Agent_StarFire
Agent_StarFire

Lol it might be kool at first glance to have motion but really whats the point when you can just go outside and do it yourself for free.

JoeSour
JoeSour

I forsee this being a failure. Go swim in an actual pool

otanikun
otanikun

A swimming game? Really? I've always wanted to swim in virtual water, not!

DLobotomist
DLobotomist

I feel like motion gaming is just a bunch of bullsh*t, there is not a lot of good games and they are all forgettable. worst case of all they cost a crap ton.... wasting consumer time and money.... if I want to play sports I can go out and actually play it with friends not sitting on the couch waving my hands....

robertico7
robertico7

But will players be required to flood their living rooms? LOL

navyseal12345
navyseal12345

@Mario-nin-freak : The "upside crosses" are used for depth perception, so you know when to make your flip turn. Believe me i have swam for over 8 years and they make all the difference.

Indyskater
Indyskater

Come on! Is the Kinect capable of good games? Junk, Junk and more Junk.

superdum2
superdum2

@mario-nin-freak have you ever seen an olypic swiming pool?

gypsygib
gypsygib

Whatever happened to kids simply taking swimming lessons in actual water.

zzamaro
zzamaro

"But will players be required to flood their living rooms?" lulz

ronono_08
ronono_08

They should call this game MICHAEL PHELPS : KUSH THE LIMIT LOOLz

missonrs
missonrs

The minute I saw the article title the minute I knew the comments were going to be about bongs. Just saying

gamespotjaime
gamespotjaime

maybe the game should show people how to come up with better jokes.

Venom341
Venom341

Oh how i would love to see Phelps's reaction to the comments on this site.

broken_ops
broken_ops

will phelps also teach u how to use a bong??

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Oh boy! A real game fot kinect has finally ar... oh wait, ts just this piece of #$#%. Oh well, maybe another day and I will acutally turn kinect on again.

snipeshot11
snipeshot11

Knew it would only be a matter of time before people bring out the "Can you get high in the game?" jokes. Its old people, get over it...50% of the people on this site smoke dope.

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

dont care bout Kinect really, the jokes about phelps r absurdly lame. Time to go smoke a fatty.

advanracer
advanracer

goobertaco45 :: LMAo. So true.. People are so blinded by the hype the could care less on how they look like in their living rooms. Till you actually tell them, "oh hey btw, I was getting the mail and I couldnt help but notice you jumping around with your work out clothes in the living room then after head out and come home with a huge burger king bag." **Facepalm**

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

maybe they will make a mini-pool peripheral

zMd113
zMd113

I'm looking forward to watching some stupid videos on YouTube about people "diving" into their tv's!

plaintomato
plaintomato

I'm just not seeing how this will work. I'm actually pretty interested to see what they can come up with and if it can avoid being completely broken or just lame.

advanracer
advanracer

hahahahha!!! Kinect Swim?! Oh BTW, is there an Exclusive Bong You plug in the 360?! Exclusively on XBOX LIVE! yeah.right.give me a break.

LOXO7
LOXO7

Misleading title. :(

oneligas
oneligas

i can see some one complaining that the kinect isn't water proof when they try to play this in the bathtub lol

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Michael Phelp's Olympic Swimming! Pre-order at gamestop now to get your exclusive in game weed power up!

Led_poison
Led_poison

Celebrate by smoking at the winner's podium