Michael Jackson: The Experience moonwalks onto PS3 and Xbox 360 April 12

Someone whose name has been lost to history once said, "Don't stop 'til you get enough." And that's exactly what Michael Jackson fans have done with Ubisoft's Michael Jackson: The Experience. Fans have not stopped buying the game to the tune of two million copies so far -- what Ubisoft's declared a "global holiday hit" -- in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, across the currently available Wii, DS and PSP releases.

As for the forthcoming PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, Ubisoft has announced you'll be able to pantomime along to the hits using Kinect or Move on April 12 in North America, and on April 14 in EMEA territories. Additionally, the "Blood on the Dance Floor" and "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" songs will be exclusive to these versions, "with additional tracks to be revealed soon."

Update: The "additional tracks" are ... "Stranger In Moscow" and the Walmart-exclusive "Another Part of Me." The full track list is posted after the break.

Track List (Kinect/Move versions)
  • Another Part of Me (Walmart exclusive)
  • Bad
  • Beat It
  • Billie Jean
  • Black or White
  • Blood on the Dance Floor
  • Dirty Diana
  • Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
  • Earth Song
  • Ghosts
  • Heal the World
  • I Just Can't Stop Loving You
  • In the Closet
  • Leave Me Alone
  • Money
  • Remember the Time
  • Rock With You
  • Smooth Criminal
  • Speed Demon
  • Stranger In Moscow
  • Streetwalker
  • Sunset Driver
  • The Girl Is Mine
  • The Way You Make Me Feel
  • They Don't Care About Us
  • Thriller
  • Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
  • Who Is It
  • Will You Be There
  • Workin' Day and Night
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UBISOFT® SOLD THROUGH TWO MILLION UNITS OF MICHAEL JACKSON THE EXPERIENCE VIDEO GAME

Montreal, Canada – January 6, 2011 – Ubisoft announced today that Michael Jackson The Experience is a global holiday hit as it has sold through two million units in total for the Wii™ system from Nintendo, the Nintendo DSTM and the Sony PlayStation® Portable in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, according to internal estimates. The latest sales figures don't include Japan, which has one of the largest and most passionate concentrations of Michael Jackson fans anywhere. The game is slated to come out in Japan later this year.

Launched November 23, 2010 in North America and November 25, 2010 in Europe, the Middle East, and select Asian territories, Michael Jackson The Experience allows players to experience the magic of the King of Pop by performing dance steps that were inspired by the choreography of Michael Jackson in environments that were drawn from his world and all while listening to and singing along with the music that continues to excite and move people today.

"Michael Jackson The Experience is a worldwide hit and offers fans the game they have been waiting for," said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer of Ubisoft. "As the leader in the dance game genre, our teams have worked enthusiastically to build an experience that recreates the magic worlds of Michael Jackson's videos and performances. We're looking forward to bringing Michael Jackson The Experience to Kinect and Move so an even bigger audience can enjoy playing the game with their friends and family too."

"We are extremely thrilled with how people around the world are embracing and enjoying Michael Jackson The Experience," said John Branca and John McClain, the executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson. "The passion they are showing for learning and performing Michael's signature dance moves to the songs they have loved for years is a tribute to his amazing legacy. Families are sharing an entertainment experience that is fun, unique and energizing."

Ubisoft brings Michael Jackson The Experience to Kinect™ for Xbox 360® and PlayStation®Move Motion Controller for the PlayStation®3 on April 12, 2011 in North America and April 14, 2011 in Europe, the Middle East and Asian territories (Japan's release date is slated for later this year). For the first time ever, the Kinect and PlayStationMove game play experiences allow fans to be scored on their dancing and singing for a complete performance experience. Also new to Kinect and PlayStationMove are the songs "Blood on the Dance Floor" and "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" with additional tracks to be revealed soon.

The Kinect and PlayStation3 versions will include new exclusive features that greatly enrich the player's experience. In the Kinect version, Ubisoft's proprietary Player Projection technology projects the player on-screen and into the game itself. The player's body is tracked, allowing them to see their true movements and steps reproduced in the game. This level of immersion allows players to be surrounded by environments inspired by the music videos and live performances of each Michael Jackson song. Innovative co-op and Battle multiplayer modes allow up to four players to collaborate or compete for the best performer prize with the Kinect version. In addition, different difficulty levels and a practice mode ensure that the game is both accessible and challenging.

Unique to the PlayStationMove version is an automatic Facebook® feed that allows the player to instantly post his/her progress and pictures of themselves playing the game to their Facebook page, showcasing their Michael Jackson skills for friends to admire. The game play also adapts to the available hardware (Move only, microphone only or Move plus microphone) and offers dancing, singing or dancing and singing depending on the accessories owned by the player. Additionally, the Michael Jackson School Mode takes advantage of both the Playstation Eye and Kinect by allowing players to see themselves on screen at the side of renowned dancers that actually worked with Michael Jackson to learn the iconic moves of the King of Pop.

For more information about Michael Jackson The Experience, please visit the game's Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/michaeljacksontheexperience.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.