Publisher 505 Games will be producing the first ever controller free swimming game and are being helped by multiple Olympic Gold Medal winner Michael Phelps who was motion captured for it.
The Xbox 360 exclusive title will be called Michael Phelps: Push the Limit will help players learn advanced swimming techniques. The Blitz Games developed title is expected to be released in June.
505 Games describe Michael Phelps: Push the Limit as “one of the most realistic and intense sports simulation video games ever” and “the first controller-free swimming experience to capture your true movements and translate them into accurate gameplay”
Speaking about the game Phelps said:
“Push the Limit is a fun, innovative, and physical way to game that is complete with elements that will challenge serious gamers, swimmers and casual fans,”
“I’m really excited to help bring a one-of-a-kind swimming video game to the market that is reflective of my competitive nature and passion for swimming. This definitely isn’t your typical video game; much like my training in the pool, Push the Limit is about improving and mastering every race element – from controlling your adrenaline on the block to perfectly timing your finish
“In my world, it takes a lifetime of dedication to get one-hundredth of a second ahead and I believe Push the Limit offers players a unique journey inside swimming that will challenge themselves as much as their in-game competitors.”
505 president Ian Howe added: “It is an honour for myself and everyone here at 505 to work with Michael Phelps, a truly transcendent athlete who has brought unprecedented glory to competitive swimming.
“His guidance and feedback have proven invaluable to the development process, and in-game he will mentor players in their journey from an unknown challenger to a powerful swimmer capable of beating the best in the world.”
So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Michael Phelps: Push the Limit? Do you think it’s an innovative new way of using Kinect? Will people buy a swimming game? And which sports do you think would make for an interesting new Kinect game?
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