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Space Jam movie sequel is being turned into a retro-style beat-'em-up for Xbox and PC

And official Xbox controllers are coming too.

Space Jam - the cult Looney-Tunes-meets-live-action basketball movie from the 90s - is getting the retro-style video game beat-'em-up treatment for Xbox, PC, and mobile to promote upcoming movie sequel, Space Jam: A New Legacy, and it'll be accompanied by a range of new Space-Jam-themed Xbox controllers.

According to a new post on Xbox Wire, Space Jam: A New Legacy - The Game, developed by Digital Eclipse, was inspired by a number of fan-submitted idea picked as part of a competition held late last year. That ultimately led to the creation of a 90s-inspired arcade beat-'em-up in which Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, and LeBron James engage in some basketball-imbued brawling to defeat a virtual army controlled by a nefarious AI.

"Fortunately," explains Microsoft, "our heroes have access to a variety of moves, including a special basketball, and some rather unique Space Jam cards, to help them out."

Cover image for YouTube videoSpace Jam: A New Legacy The Game - Gameplay Reveal
Space Jam: A New Legacy The Game - Gameplay Reveal.

Space Jam: A New Legacy - The Game launches on 1st July, and will initially be available exclusively to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers on console, PC, and mobile. It'll then get a more general release as a free-to-play title via the Microsoft Store on 15th July - one day before the movie hits cinemas and HBO Max in the US.

Microsoft's new Space-Jam-themed controllers.

And for those that love Space Jam so much they want to grasp it permanently betwixt their fingers, Microsoft is releasing three Space-Jam-themed Xbox Wireless Controllers on 8th July, each retailing for $69.99 USD. Two of these - Goon Squad and Serververse - are exclusive to Amazon in the US, while the third, Tune Squad, will be available globally on the Microsoft Store and through various third-party retailers.