Friday, 12 February 2010
Red Eagle team with Obsidian to make WHEEL OF TIME game
Red Eagle, the Wheel of Time rights-holding company, has announced it is partnering with Obsidian Entertainment to make the long-awaited new Wheel of Time computer game. Red Eagle has been developing a film project with Universal for the past two years with no real progress announced, so it sounds like the planned game will be set in a different time period to the books/movies with additional movie tie-in games released when that project finally starts moving again. Obsidian Entertainment are the modern incarnation of Black Isle. As Black Isle they created several of the most influential and critically-acclaimed computer roleplaying games of all time, including the original Fallout and Fallout 2, the Icewind Dale series and possibly the greatest single CRPG ever made, Planescape: Torment. They also partnered with BioWare to work on the classic Baldur's Gate series. As Obsidian they created the brilliantly-conceived but (under publisher pressure) incomplete and bugged Knights of the Old Republic II for LucasArts, and the better-received Neverwinter Nights II and its expansions. Obsidian are prepping to release their first original IP under their current name, Alpha Protocol and are also working on Fallout: New Vegas for release this autumn from Bethesda. This is excellent news. Obsidian have great form and should be able to deliver a great gaming experience in the Wheel of Time world. Interesting to see how this turns out.