“Michael was always exploring creative new ways technology could enhance the experiences of his fans,” Jackson estate co-executorJohn McClain said in a release.
“We are thrilled to be working with SEE Virtual Worlds to build a global interactive experience that befits an artist as innovative as Michael Jackson.”
The virtual planet to be finished by late next year will let people use animated characters to socialize, explore and play games in a world with continents devoted to themes from Jackson’s life, according to SEE.
“It is fitting that in Planet Michael his fans will be able to join together in such a unique way online to celebrate his music, his artistry and his devotion to helping those in need,” said estate co-executor JohnBranca.
Planet Michael will be a free software download without subscription fees but will feature an in-world economy with opportunities to spend money or donate to charities, according to SEE.
“One of our primary goals was to build an interactive environment where fans from all over the world come together to affirm Michael’s life-long dedication to fostering global friendships,” said SEE chief executive Martin Biallas.
“The King of Pop was well-known for his visionary contributions to music, dance, fashion, entertainment and philanthropy, and it was critical that we somehow incorporate all of those elements into the game.”
SEE launched a planetmichael.com website to provide information and updates about the project.
Moonwalking just like Michael Jackson will be possible with the November launch of the first videogame dedicated to the star since his death last year.
“Michael Jackson: The Experience” was developed under the watchful eye of Jackson’s beneficiaries by French videogame titan Ubisoft and will teach players to master the King of Pop’s most famous dance moves.
The version for the Nintendo Wii console, which has been seen by AFP, sets the tone right from the start with background music from the star’s many hit songs. In total there will be between 25 and 30 available in the final version.
This game, however, invites the player to try to move like Jackson with points awarded for the most successful.
Jackson’s death sent shockwaves around the world, and family and fans were outraged to learn that the man dubbed the King of Pop was administered a dangerous mix of powerful prescription drugs in the hours before his death.
Jackson was 50 years old when he died of cardiac arrest on July 25, 2009.
September 27, 2010 | Categories: Interviews/articles/videos (MJ related) | Tags: 1990s, Death of Michael Jackson, Games, michael jackson, Nintendo Wii, SEE Virtual Worlds, Video Games, Wii | Leave a comment