UPDATE: Since I originally wrote this post, Amazon has updated their listing to say that miCoach by Adidas will be released on July 24, 2012. As always, if you pre-order from Amazon and the price drops (or rises) between now and the launch date, you’ll get the lower price.
Be the first on line–this should be a good one!
Happily, it looks like Adidas MiCoach is back on track, set to be launched in summer 2012. Those who have been following this game know that it was originally slated to be released earlier this year but it was unceremoniously pulled by its original publisher, THQ. This resulted in lawsuits between Adidas and THQ which happily have been resolved.
It turns out that 505 Games will now be releasing Adidas MiCoach for the Xbox and the PS3. 505 Games has previously published games such as Michael Phelps: Push the Limit and Grease Dance.
Something I learned that I didn’t realize before was that the developer behind this game is none other than Lightning Fish Games (now known as Chromativity) , who was behind other excellent fitness games such as NewU Fitness First Personal Trainer (a great Wii game whose distribution in the US was royally screwed up by Ubisoft) and Get Fit with Mel B (the first decent exercise title for the PS3). So you can be sure to expect a solid title.
Among other things, MiCoach will make use of existing Adidas MiCoach Fitness Technology, currently used by athletes and fitness buffs around the world to track real-time data such as heartrate and exercise time. Furthermore, the game will make use of the Kinect on the Xbox and the Move on the PS3 to run players through over 400 exercises. Actual athletes such as Kaka, Dwight Howard, Manuel Neuer, Jessica Ennis, Jose Mourinho, Ana Ivanovic, Will Genia and Eric Berry will provide “Master classes” for their sport.
I’ve been bullish on this game ever since it was first announced a year ago. Early indications are that it seems poised to pick up where EA Sports Active 2 left off. Of course, much will depend on how interactive and enjoyable the game ends up being. One nice thing, though–unlike EA Sports, it’s unlikely that MiCoach will be abandoning its online tools anytime soon.
Speaking of which, here’s an interesting twist–while registering on the MiCoach Website, notice that there’s a new box that says “Do you have the miCoach console game?”
Since there isn’t any miCoach console game, my conclusion is that the miCoach Web developers did their part for the intended launch date of “Spring 2012”, but of course the snafu with THQ held things up on the video game side of things. In any case, I se this as a good sign that things are back on track! Stay tuned!