Rumour: Kinect Star Wars Game Lets You Pod Race

Rumour: Kinect Star Wars Game Lets You Pod Race

At last year’s E3 event, Microsoft and LucasArts showed us what a Star Wars game would look like when played with the Xbox 360’s Kinect motion controller. What was demonstrated at E3 2010 focused on a Jedi swinging his lightsaber in a battle against enemy droids and culminated in a showdown with Darth Vader.

But there may be more to Kinect Star Wars than just lightsaber fights, according to details from a recent survey on the game forwarded to Kotaku. That survey – which was accompanied with storyboards for a planned commercial – touched on unannounced gameplay aspects, including a Pod Racing sequence that can be controlled by steering an imaginary wheel with one’s hands.

More amusing than miming control of a Pod Racer is a game that appears to let players control a Rancor monster, stomping things beneath their feet while performing the same motion in front of a Kinect camera.

Of course, there will be lightsaber battles, with details from that survey indicating that players will engage in Jedi versus Jedi action while both standing and seated on a couch.

Last year, Kinect creative director Kudo Tsunoda spoke briefly about the upcoming Star Wars game, due sometime in 2011, telling the BBC, “I think you could just easily imagine being a Jedi and using Kinect to make you feel you’re part of a Star Wars experience, building yourself up into a Jedi.”

Kinect Star Wars appears to be planted in the prequel and Clone Wars era from the images we’ve seen, which included Battle Droids, double-ended lightsabers and images from Star Wars: Episode I.

We’ve contacted LucasArts for comment, but have not yet heard back. Perhaps we’ll hear more about Kinect Star Wars at this year’s E3.


  • So, there’s a chance we’ll finally get a new podracing game?

    If it’s an Xbox exclusive I may kill something.

  • No, I’m sorry. I was at the E3 press Conference front row, and you know what? The character in the game was moving before the actor did. Plus, how are you going to move forward, dash, and turn the camera in the 3D playing field like Star Wars? Unless I see actual GOOD gameplay, and good Kinect games come, I saw forget this.

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