As many of you know, there has been a film adaptation of Alan Moore’s timeless graphic novel Watchmen in the works for well over 2 years now. Though Alan Moore has declined all participation with the film, the film’s director, Zach Snyder still plans to stay as true to the source material as he possibly can in a different medium.
Personally, I believe that Zach Snyder can definitely make this film, and make it well. However, when you throw the idea of a Watchmen game into the mix, things start to get a bit iffy.
CinemaBlend today confirmed that a Watchmen game is indeed in the works to be developed by Deadline Games. Rather than releasing the entire 12-issue comic as one game, Deadline thinks that the story would benefit more from an episodic release, similar to what Hothead Games is doing with Penny Arcade and what Telltale Games is doing with Sam & Max.
The episodes will be available for the PS3, PC, and 360, and the first game shall be released to coincide with the film. Variety reports that the second game should release to coincide with the DVD/Blu-Ray release, which sounds like a rather large gap between episodic content. (Though fans of Half-Life 2 would beg to differ.)
I feel a bit strange on this idea. After learning that there was a film in the works a year ago, I started reading the Watchmen comic book- and I absolutely loved it. I fell in love with the gritty story and the dark universe that Gibbons & Moore created. At first, the idea of a film adaptation scared me, until the trailer was released.
I’ve got complete faith in Zach Snyder’s ability to make a great Watchmen film, but I cannot possibly see how you could make a Watchmen game.
To me, it could either go one of two ways- it could be a brawler full of absolutely nothing but quick-time events, which wouldn’t make for a good game, or it could deviate from the source material, meaning it wouldn’t be a good Watchmen game.
Either way, the idea of this game existing confuses me, but I guess I can reserve judgement until the game is released alongside the fim on March 6th, 2009.