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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

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fluffer nutter
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 10:59:14 AM
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You guys got me curious about what this game may be. I'd never heard of anything about it until your story.

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DGo8
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 11:13:31 AM
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I would say Singstar-Micheal Jackson But its going to the Wii aswell so i dunno....R.I.P Micheal Jackson...Legend

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kevinater321
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 11:31:48 AM
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Maybe a singstar type game, Whatever it is it will probaly sell more after his death. I am still in doubt about his whole death, i hope that it is just some rumur but i already know it isnt.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 12:27:21 PM

Yeah MSNBC has had coverage for about 24 hours now.

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Jalex
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 11:39:26 AM
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Somebody on the GameTrailers and GameSpot forums posted a link to an article stating that Activision announced the game, titled 'Michael Jackson Hero.' But the article has been taken down now, so I don't know what the deal with that was.

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Deleted User
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 12:05:54 PM
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I hope they still release it.

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King James
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 12:17:55 PM
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R.I.P Micheal Jackson

-True Kings Never Die

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Swim_Irr
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 6:05:00 PM

"Heroes get remembered, but Legends never die..."

Last edited by Swim_Irr on 6/26/2009 6:07:15 PM

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Juanalf
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 12:25:07 PM
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Some kind of fusion between Singstar and dance revolution would have been fitting for a M.J. game.I Guess we will find out what the game is/was eventually.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 12:28:47 PM
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I'd imagine it won't be going forward unless someone can get the approval of the family or Jackson signed off on his name and image being used before his passing.

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killzone100
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 12:46:21 PM
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It could be released as a tribute. Like colin mcrae games.

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Superman915
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 1:05:35 PM
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i hope it gets made, maybe the profits go to his many charities or children.

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screw_off
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 1:45:37 PM
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I could care less about him. Remember poor Mcully? He was a burnout. Its better to die then to burnout the way he did.

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Superman915
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 2:12:07 PM

Who? you mean macaulay culkin?

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www
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 3:00:12 PM
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Sometimes i have a feeling the pressures of his coming back killed him. Maybe everything woulda been okay if he hadn't tried to.

It takes a whole lot of drugs and good health to do what he does,pressure from paparazzi,the fans, stage performance, traveling etc, maybe his body couldn't do that anymore. Ask, Old Snake, even he had to survive on shots from syringe, everybody wants to be a star/hero but its really not that easy.

If you despise MJ,then it means you are too young and will never understand his legacy.
R.I.P MJ

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MadKatBebop
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 4:51:10 PM
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Damn! I didn't know MJ was even getting a video game.

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Naga
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 6:45:27 PM
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If I see a Activision logo on the right-bottom corner of the boxart then I know it's basically Ljn.

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jerocarson
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 8:15:05 PM
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I will miss him so dearly, Religion couldn't unite us, politics couldn't unite us, games couldn't unite us, but one man, POP LEGEND MICHEAL JACKSON did with his music, he is the ONLY, the FIRST and the LAST.
your reward is in heaven, i am really happy he lasted this long, seeing how americans wanted him down, series of court cases swept him off, and it so painfull and pathetic that in that part of the world, people just sue to make money out of great men.
M.J may your sweet and gentle sould rest in perfect peace.
june 26th, WORLD MICHEAL JACSKON'S DAY. the day the entire WORLD STOOD STILL!

Last edited by jerocarson on 6/26/2009 8:22:22 PM

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djduke316
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 8:54:18 PM
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You do know he died on the 25th right?

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OPHIDIAN
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 9:22:38 PM
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Just watched top 40 MJ hits on MTV, each song is just utter magic.

Although he was never physically beaten, the way he died, it feels as though he got beaten to death with one person suing after another. No one could handle that kind of stress.

It's ironic actually, he did his best to give to the world, giving the proceeds of brilliant songs like 'Heal the world' to charity.

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Jed
Saturday, June 27, 2009 @ 2:41:38 AM
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It would be great if the game was released and profits were given to charity, but the guy was a half billion dollars in debt. I wouldn't be surprised if all of his possessions were liquefied.

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Superman915
Saturday, June 27, 2009 @ 4:32:33 PM

Have you seen how much his albums are selling right now? Besides, just because he's in debt, doesn't mean all that stuff he owns wasn't worth good money. That debt won't last long.

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Jed
Sunday, June 28, 2009 @ 3:11:57 AM

$400 million is a lot of money. But I suppose it could happen.

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Jed
Saturday, June 27, 2009 @ 2:52:19 AM
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I just saw this thriller thing from Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. Its actually better than the movie itself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi3wV8ebogQ&feature=player_embedded

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RYUU
Saturday, June 27, 2009 @ 8:33:40 AM
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GOOD LUCK

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mackid1993
Monday, June 29, 2009 @ 10:14:29 PM
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instead of a game we will have a movie starring Jamie Foxx, it will be called "Moonwalker"

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isaya85
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 @ 7:07:44 AM
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R.I.P The King of Pop, I grew up listening to Michael this is a major blow

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