Double Fine's next gaming endeavor following the launch of Costume Quest and Stacking is an Xbox 360 exclusive title which will fully support Microsoft's Kinect motion sensing peripheral. This time around, Double Fine is squarely targeting younger gamers will an officially licensed Sesame Street game titled Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster.
Players can interact with classic Sesame Street characters like Elmo and the Cookie Monster using Kinect in a variety of minigames designed to "promote lifelong lessons about making friends, cooperation, and recognizing and labeling emotions." Double Fine's CEO Tim Schafer of Full Throttle, Grim Fandango and Brütal Legend fame isn't afraid to stand behind their Sesame Street game, due later this fall:
"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."
Yeah, Double Fine's latest project is proudly wearing "casual gaming" on its sleeve. Then again, a post-apocalyptic third person shooter featuring Bert and Ernie could be pretty awesome, and still extol the virtues of teamwork and (man)friendship.