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Hollywood Does Games

23 May, 2002 By: Hive News

Video games are famous for reviving players and characters with extended or new lives, so it's little surprise Hollywood is attracted to the technology.

Over the next year or two, a slew of movie characters are making their way to video game platforms.

Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment wants to take several of its characters to the Web with expanded online gaming. Sony recently announced formation of an online game unit that will take movie properties to the game arena, starting with Men in Black II: Crossfire and following with three movie tie-in games a year.

The new wave of titles announced at or around E3 includes a list of movie-related games that seek to reach new audiences.

Delta Force -- Black Hawk Down from third-party game developer NovaLogic is set in 1993 Somalia and features Army Ranger raids on “oppressive Somali warlords.” The PC version is promised by the holidays, with PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions due next year.

Warner Bros. has several licensing deals that will put its youth-focused characters in the game, including the Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Scooby-Doo, the Justice League and, of course, Harry Potter. The Matrix also has spawned a successful and growing game franchise. Game maker Infogrames even gave a sneak preview of the movie sequel trailers at its booth at E3.

Bam! Entertainment has a number of games in the works to tie in with cartoons and upcoming films, including Reign of Fire and Ecks vs. Sever.

Universal Interactive is developing games based on characters from Jurassic Park, The Lord of the Rings, The Scorpion King, Alien, Predator 2 and The Thing. Although Warner Bros./New Line was behind the Lord of the Rings film, Universal has some game rights.

With shoot-em-up Jedi action, the Star Wars films are naturals for game formats. That fact is not lost on LucasArts, which plans to bring the popular online franchise Star Wars Galaxies to PCs and consoles.

Disney Interactive is planning another installment of the game based on a movie based on a game, Tron. Tron 2.0 for PC should be available early next year.

What would video games be without the hand-to-hand action of wrestling? THQ Inc. won't have to find out. The company is working on six new World Wrestling Entertainment titles or installments building on established franchises.

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