Channel 4 has announced that it is going to reboot the classic video game show GamesMaster, with three episodes currently confirmed. The show originally aired from 1992 to 1998 with the focus of players competing against each other in challenges, though the show did do some reviews of games too. This reboot will have five celebrities go against each other in a number of challenges, with the winner of the series walking away with the Golden Joystick. In the description for GamesMaster, Channel 4 writes:
This year, five bold celebrities will embark on a gaming odyssey but only one can go on to become the GamesMaster champion and take home the Golden Joystick. They’ll undergo challenges, races and fights in virtual battle across all genres of gaming under the watchful eye of the all-knowing GamesMaster. Each week at least one celeb will be eliminated…Over the three epsisodes, five will become one and the winner will be crowned. They’ll play each other at everything from iconic classics to brand new releases. We’ll also be serving tonnes of extra gaming-themed content to our audiences to keep them coming back for more.
The GamesMaster show also had the magazine of the same name come from it, and the magazine outlasted the show by 20 years. It was in 2018 when the final issue of GamesMaster magazine was published, alongside GamesTM. At the time of the closure of the magazines Future Publishing released a statement saying:
“Despite the company’s strong performance overall, unfortunately Games™ and GamesMaster are no longer profitable parts of the business, which means that their next issues, on sale November 1st, will be the final editions. The decision was an extremely difficult one, but everyone here is enormously proud of what the magazines have achieved in their lifetimes – an incredible 25 years in GamesMaster’s case – and we are currently redeploying affected staff within the company.”
An exact date for the return of GamesMaster has not been confirmed but it is expected to begin again this year.
Source: Channel 4