Activision: Family Guy fans will appreciate Back to the Multiverse

Lead producer on upcoming game based on Fox TV show talks difficulty of making a licensed game fans will enjoy, says new title will "feel" like Family Guy.

Fans of the Fox TV show Family Guy are in for a treat with next month's Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse. That's according to Activision lead producer Andy Owen, who explained to the PlayStation Blog that making a strong licensed game is difficult, and that Activision did not cut any corners when developing the new game based on the wacky adventures of the Griffin family.

"It wouldn’t matter how much effort we put into the graphics, or the level design, or the action. If it didn’t feel like Family Guy--if it wasn’t funny, or if Stewie shouted 'Blast!' and it was clear we’d just hired some actor to do a mediocre Stewie impression, fans would hate it. We would hate it," Owen said.

Back to the Multiverse is based on the Family Guy season 8 premiere episode titled Road to the Multiverse in which Stewie and Brian use a remote control to travel to parallel universes, including destinations inspired by Walt Disney, The Flintstones, and one where Christianity never existed.

According to Owen, Back to the Multiverse is stuffed with references, in-jokes, and tributes to the episode and to the series itself. The game even includes a Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tube Man in-game item, he confirmed.

Owen also added that what allowed Activision to create an authentic Family Guy experience in Back to the Multiverse was the company's "incredible amount of access" to the actual Family Guy production team. The show's writers Mike Desilets and Anthony Blasucci penned the game's script, and dialogue for the title was provided by creator Seth MacFarlane and the rest of the show's voice talent.

"This is unmistakably Family Guy, from top to bottom," he said.

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse will be the first console game set in the cartoon universe since the 2K Games-published Family Guy in 2006. That game was developed by High Voltage Software and shipped for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, and PSP. It featured the original voice cast of the TV series, including MacFarlane.

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse follows Family Guy Online, which is a free-to-play PC title currently in beta. Back to the Multiverse is currently in development at Heavy Iron Studios and will release for Xbox 360 and PlayStation in North America on November 20. A launch in Europe will follow on November 23.

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69 comments
McDigga
McDigga

This game is poo .game are selling it at 42.99 wat a joke I actually laughed at the guy behind the till this game is no better than the ps2 o e that came out a few years ago .worth a 5er max there is nothing good about this game 0.5/10

mrklorox
mrklorox

If they were counting "Family Guy fans" as people who don't like/watch animation for adults except for Family Guy, and also don't play videogames, then they might be onto something. But fans of animation for adults in general who know what a bad videogame is already have the natural instinct to stay the fuck away from it.

superkadeemx
superkadeemx

i actually think this might be great until Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse 2, 3, 4, and Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse world at world last but not least Family Guy: return to the Multiverse it the market.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

Articles prefixed by "Activision:" or "EA:" might as well say "Lies:"

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

So cretins will like a game marketed at cretins?

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

The disney bit in the episode is incredibly funny- I'm not really a huge family guy fan, but a buddy showed that episode to me and it was pretty hilarious

CacaPooPoo
CacaPooPoo

Will it be just as painfully unfunny as the actual show? I can see it now.. a minute of gameplay followed by Peter having some dumb flashback where's he's reliving some obscure 80's reference... then another minute of gameplay and then him fighting a chicken.

SeptuagintXXX
SeptuagintXXX

so the game will be released and the only character you can play is Meg and that stupid upside down face boy. 

 

Then, in two months, they unlock their on disc DLC for 4.99 that allows you to play as Brian and Peter.  Then in two more months they unlock their second on disc DLC for 4.99 that lets you play as Stewie, Lois and Chris.  Then in 4 months they release a combo pack for 19.99 that lets you play as all chracters and gives you two additional maps. 

 

yeah!

King_Icarus
King_Icarus

South Park game comes out everyone praises it, When Family Guy games comes out every boos grow up guys 

Poodger
Poodger

I doubt Family Guy "fans" appreciate much of anything other than shallow humor rife with fart jokes and the same 5 gimmicks over and over and over again involving Meg being ugly, the old man being a pedophile, and the chicken fighting Peter. The show got stale years ago. They never should have revived it after it was cancelled, because the first 2 seasons were brilliant, but it is just embarrassing now.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

The goal of licensed games shouldn't be to make a quick buck off an established franchise, but to be a sort of love letter to fans. I doubt this game will be anything more than a cash grab however.  

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

No high hopes here. Since we've never heard any news or watched any gameplay of it, why should I be excited? Promises of fanservice can only go so far...

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

"It wouldn't matter how much effort we put into the graphics, or the level design, or the action." that statement there doesn't hold well with me.at least the part about level design and action. This may be typically why games like this don't turn out well....

 

Not to mention I haven't heard anything about this game until a month before it's release also kind of raises a flag of mediocrity. 

 

There wasn't really much talk of making a good game just making it appeal to fans... The thing about comedy is that it get's stail after a while...I don't see this holding up on humor alone

 

I may sound cynical but it's only a logical prediction for a game like this to say that'll be bad.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

I don't know why it's so hard to make a good fame in the Famy guy (or Simpsons) universe. There was only one decent Simpsons game (Hit and Run), which came out almost 10 years ago, and the Family guy game on PS2 sucked. Hopefully thus is a fun game.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Activision, I'm on to your shenanigans.

 

BEGONE PR!

edulink
edulink

I rather  'Stick'  with South Park :P

The_Gump
The_Gump

Sadly, these words seem meaningless coming from Activision.

PsychoChick966
PsychoChick966

I LOVE this show.  It's something every person in my family enjoys.  I'm not sure about a game, but I'm very intrigued.  I hope we can see some gameplay before it comes out.  

 

On another note.......a whole lot of people who don't like Family Guy came over to read this article.  That is intriguing as well.  Hmmmmm.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Give me American Dad and The Cleveland Game and then well talk but for now, I already play Family Guy and that was on the PS2.

pacpuf7249
pacpuf7249

""says new title will "feel" like Family Guy.""

SO he means it will have the new awkward feel the new episodes have including the gross 3D visuals and the lack of cut-away gags completely irrelevant to the plot of the episode (which are now mostly about the characters themselves), with episodes focused on the plot, which was never Family Guy's strong point (it was the dialogue, jokes and overall craziness and cuteness of the series).

 

But anyway, I hope they made a good and enjoyable game.

toshineon
toshineon

 @Poodger A very poor generalisation that, if nothing else, makes you appear very narrow minded and prejudiced.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

 @Sgthombre "The goal of licensed games shouldn't be to make a quick buck off an established franchise,"WROOOONG!!! That is ENTIRELY the point of licensed games.

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

Not to mention I get the feeling that the references will be all in your face. Playing the game you'll constantly be bombarded with stuff that pratically scream "HEY REMEMBER THIS FROM SUCH & SUCH EPISODE?!!!" or "HEY LOOK HERE'S THAT CHARACTER YOU LIKE! LAUGH AT HIS ANTICS PULLED DIRECTLY FROM THE TV SHOW!!!!"

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

 @Suikogaiden While I'll say I have grown quite numb to it's comedy style there was a time when I really enjoyed Family Guy and can understand why others would as well. Maybe it's just not what you're in to doesn't make what you said legit though

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

 @Suikogaiden Family Guy is a complex show, but it depends entirely on how you interpret it. On the surface it appears to be shallow, obscene and offensive. And I don't blame most people for seeing it that way. And it's true that it uses a lot of it in order to entertain. But the entertainment can only truly be appreciated when you look at the meanings behind it.

 

Underneath all the obscenities lie some very serious social, psychological and cultural arguments. All of which are relevant in contemporary society. And it does all of this by making fun of itself. One episode in particular stays with me. It is the one where Meg finally stands up to the family. It is particularly powerful.

 

Family Guy is a tricky one though and it depends entirely on how you interpret it.  

The_Gump
The_Gump

 @Suikogaiden Oh that's right, I forgot it's now considered "hip" to hate on a show that many others enjoy. 

 

Pretentious fuck.

happynoodleboy7
happynoodleboy7

 @Chaos_Dante_456The references used in the show are all in your face and pretty much just how you described.  So if you're right, at least it'll be true to the show.

Poodger
Poodger

 @kavadias1981  @Suikogaiden The simultaneous increase in political humor and offensive humor are what made the show go downhill. It used to be a clever, complex show, back when it was ALL about making fun of pop culture, movies and television shows, and the jokes were actually brilliant and unique. But after season 2 or 3, the show started to focus far more on political humor, jamming ideals down everyone's throats, and also took a HUGE nosedive with the CONSTANT character jokes. I used to like Family Guy because it could lampoon popular shows and movies, but all it does now is make the same tired jokes about its own characters (see: Meg, Old Man, Quagmire, etc etc etc). Those aren't real jokes...

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

 @Suikogaiden lol its funny to see someone that hates family guy so much make 30 posts get a life ignorant piece of shit 

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

 @Suikogaiden  @kavadias1981 I will agree though that the comedy isn't that complex. However I will say that the comedy is cleverly chosen/implemented...even it does get old after a while

exedeath
exedeath

 @Suikogaiden  @kavadias1981 HA! You said disabled. Honestly though, those jokes are really hilarious. Maybe that stick of yours just needs removed.

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

 @Suikogaiden  

 Really? And I bet you're one of those people who thinks South Park is any better. They make jokes like that, too, but they can be a lot worse than Family Guy.

The_Gump
The_Gump

 @Suikogaiden Actually the fact that the show makes a whiny little bitch like you sit at his computer and fume over it on a gaming forum is what makes the show that much funnier. 

 

Either learn to laugh at the world as a whole or just do yourself in.