Warner Bros. picks Tim Schafer for 'Sesame Street'

Double Fine Productions, the studio behind PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 downloadables Costume Quest and Stacking, founded by Tim Schafer of Monkey Island and Psychonauts fame, is developing a Sesame Street game for Xbox 360 Kinect, due between September and November 2011.

Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell and Hasbro President and CEO Brian Goldner (R) are pictured with Cookie Monster (L) and Elmo after the unveiling of the new Sesame Street branded line of Playskool products at Hasbro's American International Toy Fair.

Characters confirmed for Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster are Elmo and Cookie Monster, and the motion-controlled game is to follow Sesame Workshop's "social and emotional curriculum," teaching young players about making friends, cooperation, and recognizing emotions.
"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," said Schafer in a statement to the press.
While Warner Bros. is to publish Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster, another of Double Fine's publishing partners is also preparing a long-established childrens' series for video game release, with a 2011 title based on Voltron expected during a similar release window, and a 2012 title tying in with TV's upcoming Voltron Force.