Another TV Show Becoming a Video Game this Fall

Falling Skies video game coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and PC.

The previously announced video game based on TNT's Falling Skies TV show will launch across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and PC this fall, publisher Little Orbit announced today. The tactical strategy RPG is set in the universe of the TV show, just like the Defiance video game (based on the SyFy TV show), which recently became a free-to-play title.

In the Falling Skies video game, you're thrust into a "world gone wrong," and you're tasked with commanding a squad of survivors who form a resistance group to save the planet. The game promises "addictive" strategy-based gameplay, and characters from the show will appear in the game, Little Orbit said. Actors from the show are lending their voices to the game.

"Our goal for Falling Skies is to recreate the humanistic elements from the television series so that players can grow with the characters as they play through intuitively designed strategies," Little Orbit president Matt Scott said. "We want to bring that same character driven storyline derived from the series to the game all while making it easy to navigate for every player."

"Hundreds" of character skills and equipment upgrades are available to unlock, while Little Orbit adds that there are multiple ways to approach objectives, thus bolstering replayability. "Dynamic enemy AI" and map randomization should also help missions feel fresh, the developer says. You can see some images from the Falling Skies game in this post and an official website should go live "soon."

Created by DreamWorks Television, in association with TNT Productions and produced by Steven Spielberg, Falling Skies takes place in the aftermath of an alien attack. The show is written by Robert Rodat, who is best known for his work on Saving Private Ryan and The Patriot. Its fourth season begins June 22.

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Discussion

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WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

I'm so apathetic I could stop typing right h

Hurvl
Hurvl

I watched the tv-series for a while, then missed a few episodes and didn't feel like catching up. It was good but not great. If the game doesn't have more enemy variety than the show, it's gonna be quite repetitive.

hitomo
hitomo

let it be an x-com clone ... we dont have enough of those games anymore these day (will be better then shadowfall.R for sure)

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

I love the show and I feel that we can't have enough sci-fi shows.But the game will suck.Movie/tv tie-ins are predestined to be awful. 

runningman5ksmak
runningman5ksmak

this game will suck and the graphics look like  Ps2 Graphics other then that the show is awesome and the special effects are really good

mike4487
mike4487

You mean this terribly written show with its bad plot wasn't based off of a video game?


I'm all for more games but this really does have lack luster graphics, even the on launch console games from last gen had better graphics than this...  I hope it's early development and they can make gameplay better than it looks.

stan_hg
stan_hg

The show is ok at best. Full of Great Amercia and great americans and stupid aliens, in other words full of cliche

devilzzz2014
devilzzz2014

The game looks like a turd.  Definitely not interested in the game nor the tv show.  Heck I never heard of the show at all.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

So another based on TV show crappy looking world game then? ugh

never even heard of falling Skies before.....

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

From the people who brought you BARBIE DREAMHOUSE PARTY and the MONSTER HIGH games...  uh...  yeah...  /:

zintarr
zintarr

I usually love sci-fi shows but I just cannot get into this one.

Kevy1252
Kevy1252

As a big fan of the show I was willing to give it a shot until I saw the screenshots

Poidad
Poidad

I hope thats pre alpha footage

Vodoo
Vodoo

I love that show! I hope they don't screw it up, like all tv-to-game titles turn out.

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

I'm sad about this. It looks horrible and I love the show. :/ I really wish they would have done something on the new generation. Preferably something that did the show justice... They really could have done a lot with a proper game in that world's lore.

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

I don't care about the graphics or about that fact that it's being released on last gen only...


I care about the gameplay................ BGHHAHAHAAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

commando1992
commando1992

So it's a cheap, ugly version of XCOM Enemy Unkown?  

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

Never watched the show. Have the 2nd and 3rd season....have to download the 1st one, and i'm set to go.

ryancyc
ryancyc

Hahahaha, are they ****ing serious with those gameplay images?

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

In other words, it's going to suck then?

JuanKing
JuanKing

...am i too used to 'Next Gen' already, or does this look absolutely terrible??

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

The screenshots there look terrible. Why do all of the textures on every object have the same kind of mottled look to them? 

I mean I get that it is a wasteland/war zone by the looks of it but that doesn't mean the same effect works on every object.

Strychnine
Strychnine

I'm a fan of the show.  I'll give it a shot.

stillstillstill
stillstillstill

not interested. i preserved through season one of the first show and watched an ep of the second. waste of time. why did i do it?

snugglebear
snugglebear

But why? The show is fine, but why, at this juncture, is this a great idea suddenly? 

Phrase_Universe
Phrase_Universe

Reminds me of a poor man's XCOM. Since I'm a fan of the show, I'll give it a looksie. 

linthes999
linthes999

I can't be the only one to have read the title as; "Another TV show becoming a video game this Fail."

rasterror
rasterror

I love the series but this game looks like crap. A Company of Heroes or TPS style game would be great for this series.

j1965
j1965

I was thinking the same thing I hope so

MkScorpion4400
MkScorpion4400

@devilzzz2014  Don't crap on the show just because you've never heard of it.  I find Falling Skies to be very good sci fi action. 

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

@MJ12-Conspiracy The show was mildly promising first season...  went downhill second.  This game looks terrible.  Too bad.  There's enough meat in the show to make an involving game, but this ain't it.  Would rather have had Telltale or someone with story sense take a shot at it.  The maker of BARBIE DREAMHOUSE PARTY isn't it.  Heck, even Gameloft would have been a better choice.

MkScorpion4400
MkScorpion4400

@Kevy1252  I'm a big fan of the show, but won't buy the game.  Graphics look like crap and I hate RTS.

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

@LucentWolf Too expensive to develop on new gen.  This is obviously a dirt-cheap game.  Look at Little Orbit's site and you'll know this was all a big mistake.


Agree there was enough in this show to make a much, much, much better game.

Vodoo
Vodoo

It's a great show. You'll really like it.

blueknight1st
blueknight1st

@JuanKing It's not just you. I'm still playing games on my 360 and these graphics are terrible for the Xbox Original/PS 2 gen. I usually don't care about graphics but these are terrible.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Is there a reason you're linking to an Arabic site that nobody can read?

Hurvl
Hurvl

@linthes999 Falling Sales? Failing Skies? That's what I think of this game's chances.

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

@rasterror There's a resource management android/iphone game in top-down view.  Little Orbit made that already.  Seems like a much better idea than this game.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@battlefront1943 @MJ12-Conspiracy They only published that Barbie game, it was Torus Games that developed it. There's not much info on Little Orbit as developers and the little I found on Metacritic, metacritic.com/company/little-orbit?page=0, doesn't paint an encouraging picture, but I'll wait for the reviews before making my mind up about it.