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Michael Jackson to star in new video game

Ubisoft's Michael Jackson game
Image caption Ubisoft have issued an image from the new game

Singer Michael Jackson is to be captured in a new video game, developers Ubisoft have announced.

The game, which has yet to be given a title, will rate players' ability to dance like the late pop star.

It will be one of the first titles to use motion detection technology, due to be rolled out on a number of consoles later this year.

The musician voiced a video game character called Space Michael in the game Space Channel 5 in 1999.

In 1989, he also appeared in the game Michael Jackson's Moonwalker.

The game's launch is set to coincide with the release of an album in November containing previously unreleased Jackson tracks.

It will include songs from the singer's back catalogue, including the hits Billie Jean and Beat It.

At an announcement in Los Angeles, Ubisoft's Tony Key said: "Your goal is to dance like Michael.

"Do what the guy on the screen is doing and you're there. It'll score you based on the quality of your performance."

Developers are lining up to release dance-based games, including Dance Central, which uses the Kinect system to detect players' movements, which are then translated onto the screen.

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