This one came right out of left field.
According to Gamers Hell, a South Korean company called Gravity Co, Ltd has forged an agreement with 20th Century Fox to create a MMO based on the Ice Age Movies. The game is expected to be released in the third quarter 2009.
Well. What can I say about that.
My first response was to check the calendar. Nope. Not April 1.
Aside from the fact that I did enjoy both movies, even though I thought the first was much better, I’m not sure that this can make a good game.
See this is the problem with games that are based on movies. Ice Age is a character movie. It’s about a group of friends who overcome personal differences to overcome a problem. It’s also about this crazy rat thing that’s obsessed with his nuts. How do you take that dynamic and apply it to a MMO where each player is in charge of their destiny?
Perhaps that is why there are so many crappy games based on movies.
There are some good ones. The Aliens vs Predator games worked in part because they took elements from each movie world and combined them well. But they didn’t try and emulate the story from each of those movies.
Perhaps the other indicator that Ice Age Online is not going to be that great is the release date.
It’s only a bit more than eighteen months away.
I suspect that they will be aiming at the much younger audience. After all, most kids don’t really know when they’re being dished up poor quality entertainment. If IAO goes the way it’s looking just from the press release, that’s what is going to be delivered.
Pity. Kids deserve better.