News this week: Sly Cooper at the movies, Gears of War returning?
Sly Cooper is coming to a theater near you. A trailer for a movie based on the Sly Cooper games was released Tuesday. The movie is set for release in 2016 and is being made by Blockade Entertainment, who are currently working on the Ratchet & Clank, which is scheduled to hit theaters next year. Much like the teaser trailer for Ratchet & Clank, the trailer is a few minutes and length and likely unrelated to the actual plot of the movie. The trailer for Sly Cooper can be viewed below:
I’ve never played a Sly Cooper game before, so I can’t speak for how well the trailer sticks to the source material, but to be honest the movie doesn’t look too bad. The animation is pretty impressive and there are a few funny moments. The trailer is well put together though apparently Blockade isn’t using Sly’s voice actor from the video games. That move seems a little baffling, though I doubt it’ll be as bad as Ubisoft replacing Michael Ironside as Sam Fisher.
Sly Cooper is one of those video games that has more potential at translating to the big screen. Considering how the Halo and Uncharted movies failed to get off the ground, video games with an animated art style might simply lend themselves better to movie adaptations. My feelings towards Sly Cooper are similar to Ratchet & Clank and if these two movies do well at the box office, we may begin to see more of these animated adaptations showing up.
In other news, Microsoft Studios has bought the rights to Gears of War. The games division of Microsoft acquired the game series from developer Epic Games, Monday. According to a news release on the Xbox website, Vancouver game developer Black Tusk Studios will be taking over development of the Gears of War franchise. Rod Fergusson, former Production Director for the Gears of War games will be joining Black Tusk in a “key leadership role” in development.
While Microsoft hasn’t made an official announcement, this news all but confirms that a new Gears of War game is in development. It’s highly likely that the game will be released for the Xbox One and an early estimate suggests the game will be released in 2016 at the earliest.
The Gears of War franchise is one of Microsoft’s few remaining notable franchises exclusive to the Xbox. The series, which totals four games, has sold over 22 million units worldwide. During the end of the previous console generation, there were few notable exclusive games available for the Xbox 360. In comparison, Sony currently owns the Uncharted, God of War, Killzone and Infamous franchises.
Honestly, I’m not too excited about this news. It indicates to me is that Microsoft is desperate for an exclusive game and they aren’t as willing to take a risk on a new IP as Sony is. Yes, Microsoft is making Titanfall but releasing a first person shooter is hardly a risky move especially considering the popularity of shooters like Call of Duty. I’m not expecting anything the least bit innovative from a Gears of War game, my guess is that it’ll be more of the same thing.