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Gaze at the Winter Stars Coming to Kinect this Year

Posted by James Newton

New sports game unveiled

Publisher Deep Silver has just unveiled its first game for Kinect, the snowbound Winter Stars, coming to retail later this year.

The sports compilation features 11 different disciplines: paraskiing, curling, snowmobile, bobsled, downhill skiing, figure skating, biathlon, freeride skiing, snowboard cross, ski flying and short-track. We're not quite sure what ski flying is, but it certainly sounds interesting.

The game is entirely playable with Kinect, so it'll be interesting to see how events like the biathlon handle, considering it combines skiing with shooting.

As well as the usual multiplayer mode, in which each player can tailor the game to their skill level, there's also a single-player story mode, something of a first for a Kinect sports game. Players can also jump into online head-to-head multiplayer, another welcome addition.

If all this sounds like your cup of iced tea, expect to see Winter Stars doing the slalom towards Xbox 360 late this year.

WARM UP THIS WINTER WITH WINTER STARS

Deep Silver to publish motion-controlled winter sports game for next gen consoles

3rd June, 2011 - Hampshire, UK/... Deep Silver, the games label of Koch Media, a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products, announces Winter Stars - a sports game for Kinect™ for Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 with PlayStation®Move support, and Wii™ including Wii Balance Board™.

Winter Stars entices gamers off their sofas with its high quality and easy-to-learn, exhilarating motion controls. The unique "family mode" allows each participant to choose his or her own individual difficulty level, thus making for a fun multiplayer experience with even chances for everyone. In single player mode, Winter Stars offers a campaign full of variety that allows players to experience all aspects of an athlete's career.

This new title will be a breath of fresh air for the genre, enabling sports fans of all ages and abilities to compete with one another or against virtual opponents in no less than eleven disciplines: paraskiing, curling, snowmobile, bobsled, downhill skiing, figure skating, biathlon, freeride skiing, snowboard cross, ski flying, and short-track. In thrilling multiplayer action, up to four players can engage in dynamic online or offline competitions for championship titles, or simply enjoy the variety of winter sports themed mini-games on offer. The story-driven single player mode not only features an extensive career system and character development, but also a number of special challenges such as training sessions that provide arcade-style enjoyment in between events. Console athletes can use the experience points they earn to purchase new equipment and improve their skills in preparation for the diverse challenges ahead, and to support their team on its path to victory.

Deep Silver plans to release Winter Stars in the fourth quarter of 2011 on Kinect for Xbox 360, PlayStation®3 with PlayStation®Move support, and Wii.

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