Warner Watches Deadline for new episodic games

Warner Watches Deadline for new episodic games

By Michael French in Seattle

July 23rd 2008 at 8:13PM

Hollywood studio signs up Danish studio to make games based on Watchmen graphic novel

Warner Bros continues to turn to European studios to boost its activity in the games space - the Hollywood Studio's Interactive division has signed up Denmark-based Deadline games to make an episodic game based on the critically-acclaimed Watchmen graphic novel.

Deadline will produce two episodic games based on the 'superhero dystopia' story, with the first due with the release of the Watchmen movie next year, and the second when the film hits DVD.

The games will be downloadable titles for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

"We don’t want a low-quality console game that will get lost at retail," Samantha Ryan, Warner Bros' development chief told Variety. "A downloadable game allows us to deliver the experience that fans expect."

"It's not an Xbox Live Arcade title where we're recreating 'Tetris' or a simple fighter. The graphics look as good as any traditional PS3 or 360 game sitting on the shelf at retail," she added.

"What we're trying to do with Watchmen is create the best quality game that delivers the experience fans expect from what we believe to be a great movie and a great property.

"Rather than the more traditional 'time is limited squeeze the puppy onto the market' route, we wanted to craft something that's the best possible game it can be. There's a great crossover between Watchmen fans and gamers. It's a hard core property and a hard core movie and a hard core game. A downloadable game allows us to deliver the experience that fans expect."

The games are thought to be action fighter titles which feature two characters from the story and will have an M-rating.