A new Space Jam game will be coming to Xbox Game Pass in 2021, though there’s two things you should know. Firstly, the game will be based on the upcoming sequel Space Jam: A New Legacy with LeBron James, and secondly it’s going to at least partially designed by fans.
Microsoft has announced the game, and its associated competition, in collaboration with next year’s Space Jam sequel. It says the game will be an “arcade-style” video game, with games based on two of the competition’s winning ideas to be brought to life.
The competition gives entrants a number of pre-made concept screens based on combinations of genres like action, adventure, sim, strategy, shooter, and more, then asks for an in-depth description of how the game would play. It’s not clear whether the winning games will make up the entirety of the final Space Jam game, or if they’ll just be a few options among a selection of other mini-games.
The finished game will be available as a perk to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in 2021.
With the competition seemingly targeted more at young fans (though it does have a minimum age of 14), Microsoft is also using the Space Jam collaboration to run a series of themed virtual coding workshops for young people looking to get into game development.
The original Space Jam also got a tie-in video game back in 1996, though according to GameSpot’s review, the combination of 16-bit basketball gameplay and poorly-implemented cartoon-themed mini games was not a winner.