Fate Of Michael Jackson's New Game Currently Unknown
It's a sad irony that mere days before his death, we ran a story about Michael Jackson's comeback tour - slated to start in London - and the fact that a new video game was in the works.
Now, although no one has commented on it just yet, we have to offer you the possibility that such a game may never see the light of day. And perhaps it shouldn't. Set to come to the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and Wii later this year, we didn't even know the title of the mystery project, although we assumed it would fall into the ever-expanding music genre. But either way, we also assume that Jackson himself had to be involved with the process - to some extent - and at this point, it may seem in poor taste to release the game. On the other hand, if it's worthy of the man's legacy, perhaps it would be a fitting send-off gift, and a reminder to all that Jackson's influence can never be denied. You may recall the untimely passing of Colin McRae last year, and Codemasters' ensuing decision to continue on with the Dirt series that used to carry McRae's name. They dropped the name but said his spirit would live on in the quality off-road productions they'd make in the future, so perhaps Jackson's game would be more of an ode than an insult.
By the way, Sony Chairman and CEO Howard Stringer had this to say about Jackson's passing (source: Official MJ Site):
"Michael Jackson was a brilliant troubadour for his generation, a genius whose music reflected the passion and creativity of an era. His artistry and magnetism changed the music landscape forever. We have been profoundly affected by his originality, creativity and amazing body of work. The entire Sony family extends our deepest condolences to his family and to the millions of fans around the world who loved him."
Well, the game was supposed to release later this year but now...we just don't know what is going to happen. We'll keep you up-to-date on what transpires, but for now, we just have to reiterate that yesterday was a very sad day.
6/26/2009 Ben Dutka