It seems that our motion-captured gaming will remain primarily family-orientated for a while yet. Well, that's if future Kinect-enabled titles follow along the same lines as the latest announcement from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
The publisher has announced that Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster
is currently being developed by award-winning Double Fine Productions (whose recent games include http://www.trueachievements.com/Costume-Quest-xbox-360.htm
I'll leave it to the press release to provide the finer details of the game:
In a truly original interactive experience, young players join Cookie Monster, Elmo and other Sesame Street characters as they explore a living storybook titled Once Upon a Monster. In the book, they make new zany monster friends from the Once Upon a Monster world and share in their adventures, solving problems, forging friendships and learning key life skills along the way. Parents and children literally become part of the whimsical storybook adventure by getting active together through dancing, jumping, flying and more.
There's also three screenshots to show off those details visually:
Samantha Ryan, Senior VP of Production and Development at Warner Bros., gave her opinion on the publisher-developer partnership:
Combining Double Fine Productions’ talent for making highly creative games and the beloved Sesame Street brand, the game mixes original gameplay with a memorable learning experience.
In the interests of balance, here's an assessment of the new partnership from the development team's perspective, courtesy of President/CEO Tim Schafer:
It’s great to be working with Warner Bros., especially on a game like Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster, which brings together so many things we all care about... Sesame Street had a profound effect on me, and many members of the Double Fine team, when we were children. So did video games. Now many of us are parents and we want to share with our kids the great experiences we had, but also the completely new ones made possible by cutting-edge technology like Kinect for Xbox 360. So it’s a labour of love on many levels.Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster
is scheduled for release in Autumn/Fall 2011.