Wipeout taking a spill on Kinect

Activision partnering with ABC on motion-controlled Xbox 360 edition of brutal obstacle course reality show this summer.


For many Kinect games, the ability to sidestep self-consciousness is one of the hardest parts to master. However, making a fool of oneself is the primary draw for Activision's latest Kinect title, as the publisher announced today that it has teamed with ABC to bring the face-plant-prone reality show Wipeout to the Xbox 360 this summer.

Avatars go on strike this summer.
Avatars go on strike this summer.

Wipeout in the Zone mimics the absurd obstacle courses of its TV inspiration, and players will be challenged with working their way through the show's challenges by running, ducking, and dodging. Of course, failure is an inevitable and frequent outcome, and players will be treated to visuals of their inglorious digital destruction.

Players will be challenged by more than 30 obstacles, which can be undertaken in one shot or as individual events. Obstacles explicitly called out today include Big Balls and the Smack Wall Sweeper. The game will also include audio commentary from the show's hosts: John Anderson, John Henson, and Jill Wagner.

Wipeout in the Zone won't be the first gaming installment in ABC's reality show series. Last year, Activision and ABC delivered Wipeout: The Game for the Wii and DS.

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