Partnering with RPG mavens Obsidian Entertainment, it was announced today that developer Red Eagle Games are working on games based on the über-popular Wheel of Time fantasy novels. The games will be released on PC, Xbox 360 and the PS3.
Due to their diminutive size and the scope and appeal of the property, it’s of little surprise to hear Red Eagle Games are collaborating with a larger studio in order to handle what is a mammoth project. Red Eagle’s COO Larry Mondragon (so close to Moondragon, Larry, so close) explains:
“Although Red Eagle Games is both a game producer and publisher, as a new company, we quickly recognized that we could benefit from supplementing small in-house technical and creative teams with a proven third party developer. Our alliance with Obsidian Entertainment is a perfect fit and will greatly improve the quality, cost and time-to-market for the first-generation of our Wheel of Time games.”
Obsidian’s CEO Feargus Urquhart (another great fantasy name) is also excited at the opportunity:
“Obsidian Entertainment is thrilled with this opportunity to work with Red Eagle Games in developing games based upon The Wheel of Time series.The Wheel of Time is a rich universe that lends itself to incredible gaming possibilities.”
For the uninitiated, the Wheel of Time series consists of twelve novels originally created by the late Robert Jordan (a pen-name of James Oliver Rigney). Jordan died while writing the final novel which is currently being finished by fellow fantasy stalwart Brandon Sanderson. This final entry has has now become a trilogy. ‘The Gathering Storm’ was published to rave reviews in October 2009. ‘Towers of Midnight’ is due late this year, with the final installment, ‘A Memory of Light’, planned for a late 2011 release.
The books are a thrilling read and come highly recommended to those who enjoy densely crafted fantasy settings. Jordan’s world is strongly influenced by such themes of balance, religion and mythology. It has also been described as “fantasy’s War and Peace” in reference to its prodigious length and scope.
The Wheel of Time games will be published by EA (trumping any ‘Wheel of Time To Get DLC’ story right there). No release date has been mentioned at this time though it’s safe to say 2010 is probably unlikely considering it’s just been announced.