Just a short week after the release of Stacking, Double Fine has unveiled their next project: Sesame Street- Once Upon a Monster
. The title, which will be distributed by Warner Bros. Interactive, is exclusive to the Xbox 360 and will utilize the Kinect peripheral.
Once Upon a Monster is going to be an interactive storybook for children and families to enjoy. Young players will join Cookie Monster, Elmo, and the rest of the Sesame Street cast as they partake in the tale presented by the title. It will be up to the player(s) to jump and dance along with the characters to progress the tale being presented. Having a young daughter myself, I am seriously interested in seeing what Double Fine can do with this title; the studio seems to have the magic touch when it comes to making games that are lighthearted and thoroughly enjoyable, why should this one be any different?
You can find more infromation on the title on the newly launched Facebook page
for the game and read the full announcement on the next page.
Here are a couple of early screenshots for the title which is expected to launch this fall:
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Announces Sesame Street: Once upon a Monster
Uplifting Storybook Romp Comes to Life in an Active, Family Game for Kinect for Xbox 360
BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster, an innovative, engaging and funny, new video game on Kinect™ for Xbox 360®. Being developed by award-winning Double Fine Productions, Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster will be available in Fall 2011.
“We are excited to collaborate in the development of this game where families can play together, be physically active, and parents have the opportunity to foster the social and emotional development of their children”
In a truly original interactive experience, young players join Cookie Monster, Elmo and other Sesame Street characters as they explore a living storybook titled Once Upon a Monster. In the book, they make new zany monster friends from the Once Upon a Monster world and share in their adventures, solving problems, forging friendships and learning key life skills along the way. Parents and children literally become part of the whimsical storybook adventure by getting active together through dancing, jumping, flying and more.
“As a mother, I couldn’t be more thrilled with the inspiring activities we’ve created for kids and families to play together in Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster," said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Combining Double Fine Productions’ talent for making highly creative games and the beloved Sesame Street brand, the game mixes original gameplay with a memorable learning experience.”
“It’s great to be working with Warner Bros., especially on a game like Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster, which brings together so many things we all care about,” said Tim Schafer, President and CEO of Double Fine Productions. “Sesame Street had a profound effect on me, and many members of the Double Fine team, when we were children. So did video games. Now many of us are parents and we want to share with our kids the great experiences we had, but also the completely new ones made possible by cutting-edge technology like Kinect for Xbox 360. So it’s a labor of love on many levels.”
Guided by a social and emotional curriculum set forth from Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, young players engage in activities that promote lifelong lessons about making friends, cooperation, and recognizing and labeling emotions.
“We are excited to collaborate in the development of this game where families can play together, be physically active, and parents have the opportunity to foster the social and emotional development of their children,” said Rosemarie Truglio, Vice President of Education & Research at Sesame Workshop.
About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.
About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street. The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 140 countries, and other acclaimed shows to help bridge the literacy gap including The Electric Company. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.
About Double Fine Productions
Double Fine Productions is an award-winning, independent game development studio founded in 2000 by games industry veteran Tim Schafer. Located in San Francisco’s South of Market district, Double Fine is committed to making high-quality games with an emphasis on originality, story, characters, and fun.
Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster © 2011 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Developed by Double Fine Productions, Inc. “Sesame Street®" and all associated characters and elements © 2011 Sesame Workshop. Portions of “Once Upon A Monster” ™ & © 2011 Double Fine Productions, Inc. All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
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