The BBC are gearing up to announce their first wave of titles based on their own shows. At present there is a free episodic Doctor Who game for the PC and forthcoming Wii and DS titles for the same program.
The BBC has assembled a team of gaming veterans including former THQ and Disney Interactive exec Paul Joffe and ex-creative director for Vivendi, Ben Badgett. The man in charge is BBC Worldwide’s EVP of Digital Entertainment, Robert Nashak, who said;
“I am trying to build a team that really understands how to get to the meat of the matter when it comes to brands.”
“Top Gear is a priority for us. We are coming out with an American format of Top Gear. If that takes off, and I hope it does, then I believe that Top Gear will become a powerhouse global brand.”
Nashak also suggested the Doctor Who download game could get a retail release and also hinted at games for ‘In The Night Garden’, ‘Lonely Planet’,’ Strictly Come Dancing’ and rather excitingly, ‘Torchwood’.
As previously mentioned so far the games have been for PC and Nintendo only and no other formats have been announced, however if the BBC are serious about gaming then they cannot overlook the tens of millions of players on Xbox 360 and PS3. Lets hope they have a decent Top Gear racer planned and an epic Torchwood action adventure title.
Oh and a Kinect based Strictly game, you had all better start practising your Foxtrot right now – and step two three four and turn two three four!