Monday, July 20, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are Set to Stalk Consoles, Handhelds This October

Ha - With all that's going on these days, I'd completely forgotten about the upcoming Spike Jonze-directed take on Maurice Sendak's classic kid's book, but Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment obviously hasn't. Here's the official press release announcing the upcoming console and handleld versions of the game:

In conjunction with the release of the highly anticipated feature film from director Spike Jonze, Where the Wild Things Are, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Legendary Pictures announce the Where the Wild Things Are videogame will be available on Wii™, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Nintendo DS™ in October 2009. Where the Wild Things Are is a Warner Bros. theatrical release from Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.

In the videogame, players assume the role of the rambunctious young Max and can explore the island of the Wild Things, journey across its dangerous terrain, overcome hazardous obstacles and battle fierce creatures. After landing his boat on the mysterious island of the Wild Things – Max quickly befriends the fearsome but loveable creatures and becomes “King of All Wild Things.” He soon learns that the island is on the brink of destruction and that it’s up to him and the Wild Things to work together to find a way to escape to safety before its too late. Where the Wild Things Are is being developed for Wii™, PLAYSTATION®3 and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft by Amaze Entertainment, a Foundation 9 studio, and for Nintendo DS™ by WayForward.

Where the Wild Things Are is one the most beloved children’s stories and we are excited to deliver an immersive interactive experience based on and inspired by the feature film from Spike Jonze,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Through their action-filled adventure, players will team-up with the Wild Things – each with their own unique skills or special talents – learn valuable new abilities and work together to find a way to safety.”

Given the source material and both Amaze's and WayForward's skills with licensed games over the past few years, these games just may be a lot more interesting than the usual movie games I get to play. The Wild Party starts this October - more info on the game as it comes in.

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