Hunger Games: Coming Soon to a Console Near You?
Forbes reports that Lionsgate is considering developing a ‘Hunger Games’ video game for consoles. They’ve already released ‘The Hunger Games Adventures’ (free-to-play Facebook game) and ‘The Hunger Games: Girl on Fire’ for mobile devices, but what do you think of a game to be played on something like your XBox or PlayStation?
“Games have always been in the back of everyone’s mind since we picked up the rights to the books,” said David Hayes, vice president of digital marketing at Lionsgate. “Outside of the name that has ‘games’ in the title, it’s no-brainer that you’d make a game based on the book or movie. But we’ve been careful and cautious that when we do embark on a new project, we’re doing it the right way and delivering an experience that fans will enjoy. We’ve had many discussions about all the types of games, including console games. The two we released at launch are the best representation of what we’re setting out to do with these games.”
With the next movie due in 2013 and another two locked in after that, Lionsgate has plenty of time to partner with a game publisher and release at least a console game. Electronic Arts showed that games based on movies based on books can be successful with its Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings franchises, as an example. And a game publisher can avoid the controversial aspect of The Hunger Games arena battles altogether.
“I don’t think having kids battle to the death in the Hunger Games is a hindrance to a potential console game,” said Hayes. “If you look at the narrative arc across the trilogy of books, there’s an Old Testament-style story of Katniss versus the Capitol. It’s that grander story of having an enslaved people forced to compete in the games that’s very attractive to fans and marketers and anyone participating in the franchise. It gets people excited. The focus would be less on the kids killing kids aspect and more about the more powerful story of good versus evil.”
With Catching Fire, the second movie in the franchise, slated for a November 22, 2013 release, there’s plenty of time to develop a console game. There’s also time, with two additional movies slated to hit theaters after that, to develop a full-on MMO game like The Lord of the Rings Online or The Matrix Online.
If done correctly, I think a ‘Hunger Games’ console game would be amazing. And I don’t know about you, but I’d totally geek out over a Hunger Games MMO!
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