Double Fine's Kinect Party to be free at launch

Kinect Party, the sequel to Double Fine's Kinect toy Happy Action Theater, is coming next week. Best of all, the game will cost you zero dollars and zero cents, so long as you download it before the end of the year. Call it a not-too-subtle sign that Microsoft wants you to play Kinect with the family over the holidays.

Major Nelson didn't mention what the game will cost after the free period is up. But for comparison, Happy Action Theater costs $10.

Kinect Party is a lot like an expansion to Happy Action Theater--so much, in fact, that if you own the original, downloading it will just add the new activities to the playlist. These include building and tearing down castles, trying on costumes, and wub-wubbing with some dubstep.