According to the preview, the game will feature a new cast of characters, and its story will span the timeline of both trilogies. The "Jedi Destiny" mode, shown at E3, begins just after The Phantom Menace and ends during Revenge of the Sith. We will see many planets and other locations featured in the movies, including Bespin, and we'll be able to confront Darth Vader himself.
The Kinect motion controller, which mimics all the movements of the player, will allow us to use various force powers just like a real Jedi Knight can, with gestures just like the ones we've seen the characters do in the movies. You can also use motion controls to drive vehicles (such as pod racers or a trusty X-Wing, fight with a blaster or, of course, a lightsaber.
The game's producer, Craig Derrick of LucasArts says:
- "What we found early in development is that [no one wants] to look like 'Star Wars kid' in front of [their] friends. If I am doing these actions, and if I am seeing the character on screen repeating those actions, I want to look bad-ass. We decided to augment the animation, so when I sweep my hand right to left with my lightsaber, it’s going to look cool. That was a major challenge and it works."
Microsoft Studios creative director Kudo Tsunoda adds:
- "From very early on in our development of Kinect, we realized Star Wars was an ideal game for us. It’s one of those things where you can see how the unique parts of Kinect can bring to life the fantasy of being a Jedi in a way no other game console or media can do."
I'd say that Star Wars indeed looks perfect for a Kinect game. I wonder if PlayStation Move will also get a game where we'll be able to show off our lightsaber skills.
For more info on the game, check out Wookieepedia, our Star Wars wiki!