E3 06: Ubisoft declares Open Season on gamers

Game based on Sony Pictures' computer-animated film coming to "all available video game platforms" late September.

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Computer-animated talking animals are all the rage in Hollywood. Something about conversing critters hits a high note with the kids, as evidenced by the box office numbers of Ice Age 2: The Meltdown and Madagascar, among others. The unwritten rule that every children's movie has to be made into a video game has also boded well for several game publishers, including THQ (Finding Nemo) and Activision (Madagascar, the forthcoming Over the Hedge).

Sony Pictures and Ubisoft are hoping that trend continues with Open Season, which hits theaters later this year. Ubisoft will be bringing the game adaptation to retailers in mid-September, a few weeks before the movie is released. The action game is being developed by Ubisoft's Montreal studios.

Open Season will blanket all systems, as Ubisoft today revealed that it will be released "on all available video game platforms." Presumably, this means that the game will be released on the PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, PC, Game Boy Advance, DS, PSP, and Xbox 360, though an Ubi rep could not confirm the list at this time.

The talking animals in Open Season are Boog, a domesticated grizzly bear, and Elliot, a mule deer with a salesman's mouth. Elliot convinces Boog to liberate himself, and the two take off to the woods...just days before hunting season kicks off. Boog discovers his wild side and bands the woodland creatures together in an effort to turn the tables on hunters.

The game will see players taking on the role of both Boog and Elliot, as they follow the film's storyline. The characters will use the land and its inhabitants to their advantage, with skunk bombs, acorn-chucking squirrels, and wascally wabbits. Friends will also be able to compete against each other with minigames that support up to four players.

Open Season has not yet been priced or rated.

Discussion

25 comments
grim_reapez
grim_reapez

horrible movie games? have people already forgotten king kong? spiderman 2?the godfather? i mean not all movie games are bad.

reece590
reece590

Maybe Ubi can break the chain of horribly movie games...They might be able to, Ubi always makes good polished games.

hart704
hart704

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revelations
revelations

sweet another 6.4 for a childs collection ;)

hyliansavior
hyliansavior

First kids with guns, now animals with guns. What's this world coming too? Haha.

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

bet this is rubbish. oi sony pictures keep these bad tie-in games where they belong... on the conference room floor with the rest of the bad ideas..!!

Tomtomtom1990
Tomtomtom1990

It's like splinter cell with deer! Actually, that sounds like the coolest idea ever.

sinceps1
sinceps1

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easteast
easteast

I don't think the game or the movie is going to do too well.

DurhamNC
DurhamNC

Kids game or no, I can't really think of a movie-game I've enjoyed other than the 007 ones.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

My nephew will love this one! :)

solidgamer
solidgamer

hope its good but i wont be buying it mayb my young siter will

Detroit222
Detroit222

Heck with shooting the ANIMALS - I want them to shoot the hunters!

AlexWills
AlexWills

Well unless you see blood after shooting these animals Im not buying.

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

If they are currently playing this, they will probably play something else later. Way to get them hooked on the soft stuff.

frankeyser
frankeyser

you would expect sony to develop this in house.. but they probably get to save money outsourcing... and they can make it multiplatform...

Kfoss
Kfoss

wonderfull another pointless platformer to make money!! joy oh rapture!!! i want to preorder today!!...*falls over dead*

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

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paradyme777
paradyme777

Have to keep the future gamers happy. :-)

Mr_Nihilism
Mr_Nihilism

Yea, well, I suppose that's great for the kids out there.