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Square-Enix announces Destiny's Child game for mobile phones ... wait, what?

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Remember the whole Y2K doomsday scare, when your neighbor spent his entire nest egg building that bomb shelter in his basement, stocked with a 10-year supply of Spaghetti-Os and Urnge Drank? Yeah, you might want to go knock on his door about now, because that whole apocalypse thing might be right around the corner. Either that, or we've all entered the Twilight Zone. Submitted for your approval:

Square Enix, Inc. the publisher of Square Enix™ interactive products in North America, Music World and SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT today announced that Destiny’s Child Groove is now available on the AT&T Wireless Network. The title will be the first mobile dance video game featuring the popular R&B songs of multiple Grammy-winning female group Destiny’s Child.

Let's see, it's not Friday, April Fool's was months ago, so that can only mean this is ... real? Apparently it's a DDR-style rhythm game, in which players match button presses with arrows displayed on the screen while Beyonce and her pals cheer them on. Songs featured in the game include such timeless masterpieces as Bug A Boo, Say My Name, and the always classic Survivor. Check out the press release after the jump. Until then, someone hold me, I'm scared.

[Big ups to Bfeld13 for this little nugget of horror] 

 

 
Los Angeles and New York (June 11, 2007)
 
Square Enix, Inc. the publisher of Square Enix™ interactive products in North America, Music World and SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT today announced that Destiny’s Child Groove is now available on the AT&T Wireless Network. The title will be the first mobile dance video game featuring the popular R&B songs of multiple Grammy-winning female group Destiny’s Child.

 
Destiny’s Child Groove is a competitive mobile dance game that will feature photos of vocalists Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, and four songs from the group’s “#1s” album, including Survivor, Bug A Boo, Say My Name and Lose My Breath. Players “audition” to become a backup singer for the band in the game by following prompts along to the rhythms. The arrows are synchronized to the general rhythm or beat of a chosen song, and success depends on the player’s skill in timing and positioning the directions accordingly. Gameplay is interspersed with images of the band members who cheer on contestants as they compete.

 
Destiny’s Child Groove has great graphics, you can take it with you wherever you go, and I love that I get to encourage players as they get better and better at the game,” commented Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child. “We’re always thrilled to have a new way to connect with our fans, and this game is a wonderful way to do exactly that.”

 
“Developing a truly unique game like Destiny’s Child Groove has been a new and exciting experience for us,” said John Yamamoto, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix, Inc. “We feel this title will expand our presence in the casual gaming market and are excited to have a highly regarded carrier like AT&T and such great talent taking the journey with us.”
I'm going out to buy more Urnge Drank and concrete mix. Who's coming with? 

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