Back in 2008 ABC Family started a new show called “Wipeout”. It was part Takeshi’s Castle, and part American Gladiator, but all fun. It has now wrapped on it’s fourth season and spread to more than 30 different territories. Last year Activision released a lack-luster Wipeout game for the Wii, and in 2011 it will try again this time for the 360 with Kinect.
According to the press release;
Wipeout In the Zone features over thirty outrageous obstacles that will test players’ limits in more ridiculous ways than ever. Players can try to run the entire course in one shot, conquering one challenge after another such as leaping over a pool of water using the infamous “Big Balls” and maneuvering their players to avoid being pummeled by the “Smack Wall Sweeper.” Once again featuring the talents and hilarious commentary of the show’s hosts, John Anderson, John Henson and co-host Jill Wagner, Wipeout In the Zone will bring hours upon hours of fun and laughter for the entire family.
Not very much is given as far as details go for how the controls will work, but based on how the show actually runs you can imagine it will try to take full advantage of the Kinect camera.
… Wipeout In the Zone will be the latest release in this hit video game franchise and will have players running, ducking, dodging and wiping out using Kinect for Xbox 360’s full-motion capabilities right in their own living room.
As a fan of the show, I hope the new control scheme does enough justice to the “fun” of the game. I guess it’s up to the players to provide their own water, big balls, and giant foam covered mallets to pummel their friends and family with.
“Wipeout In The Zone” will be available for Xbox 360 Kinect this summer to coincide with the premiere of Wipeout’s summer season on ABC.