Last month Futurlab, the team famous for retro shooters and VR games, announced that they are creating a title based on the BBC television series Peaky Blinders. The game will be a “narrative action game” featuring locations from the show.
A little bit of a curve ball to be sure, Peaky Blinders isn’t something you would watch and think “I really need to play this on my Xbox”. At least that’s how normal people think, but not the games industry which has decided Peaky Blinders is absolutely ripe for video game adaption as there’s a second game on the way and this time it’s in VR.
Developers Maze Theory have snagged some money from the government to create a a “fully immersive” title based on the series. It will use AI to allow the characters from the game to “respond according to the players’ gestures, movement, voice, sound and body language”.
“This is Maze Theory’s first AI enhanced immersive drama and we are incredibly excited about the unrivalled and entirely new experience this gives players,” saidRussell Harding, executive producer at Maze Theory. “They will literally be part of Peaky Blinders’ world and be able to interact with characters in ways no one can predict. Fans of the cult show have been calling out for this type of experience and we’re honoured to be giving it to them. This is future of entertainment!”
“I’m really excited by the prospect of Peaky Blinders entering new territory,” adds Show creator Steven Knight as he counted a pile of cash from video games licenses. “People who love the show will love the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world in such a total way.”
Maze Theory were set up in 2018 and are headed by Geoff Heath OBE, former Activision European MD, and Mark Hardy, former marketing director at PlayStation where he oversaw the launch of the PlayStation 3.
Peaky Blinders VR will launch on all VR formats sometime during 2020. Futurlab’s Peaky Blinders game is set to launch in Q4 the same year.
Source: Press release