Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) announced the upcoming release of EyeToy : Kinetic, an innovative new physical exercise title produced in association with NIKE Motionworks. Developed by SCEE's London Studio exclusively for PlayStation 2, EyeToy: Kinetic represents a unique new development in physical gaming and should launch in January 2005. The first interactive fitness title, EyeToy: Kinetic allows players to improve not only general fitness but also reactions, posture, balance, breathing and all round body toning and conditioning. You can view the first teaser trailer for the title by following the download tab above.
In the early stages of development, the NIKE Motionworks team of fitness training experts played a key role, providing information about the key exercises and movements to be included in the game and also aiding in the development of the warm-up, stretching and toning sequences.
The NIKE team also contributed greatly to the creation of EyeToy: Kinetic's Personal Trainer Mode, aiding in the structure and sequence of the exercise routines, and offering insight into the validity and health value of the movements within the routines.
EyeToy: Kinetic offers a wide variety of fitness activities that far exceeds the traditional home workout video. The EyeToy camera, with the addition of a newly developed Wide Angled Lens that attaches to the front of the camera, allows for increased levels of interactivity projecting the exerciser's image onto the television screen, enabling them to physically interact with their environments.
With four areas of discipline to choose from, EyeToy: Kinetic offers a wide variety of exercises for players to choose from. Aero Motion and Combat zones help to increase the player's overall fitness level, inspired by moves and stances from activities such as Tai Kwon Do, Modern Dance, Kick Boxing, Aerobics and Karate. The Mind and Body zone focuses on breathing, concentration and flexibility, taking inspirations from Yoga and Tai Chi, leaving players feeling relaxed, yet with their body fully conditioned. The Toning zone helps the player to tone specific muscle groups utilising slow and refined movements.
Offering a tailor-made fitness regime that encourages and motivates players to develop, improve and commit themselves to exercising, EyeToy: Kinetic is easily adaptable to fit in within a busy lifestyle, whatever the person's fitness level.