Steven Spielberg has won three Academy awards and directed movie greats, including Jaws, Saving Private Ryan, and Schindler's List. Not content with that, he's now involved in making video games too.
Boom Blox is the first product of the partnership between EA and the famed filmmaker that was announced at E3 Media & Business Summit last year. The game is a family-friendly Wii title, which has players building and knocking down sets of blocks. It will also feature an in-game editor so gamers can create their own levels.
It was revealed today that there will be single-player, co-op, and versus game modes, over 300 levels, and more than 30 "wacky" characters.
Spielberg explained at E3 that game development had always intrigued him and went on to say, "I am a gamer myself, and I really wanted to create a video game that I could play with my kids." The movie director said that the inspiration for the game came from using the Wii controller.
The esteemed director isn't entirely a video game newbie--he conceived the original idea for LucasArts' point and click adventure The Dig and is also working on another project in conjunction with EA, which is promised to be a "contemporary action-packed adventure... set against the backdrop of an epic story". No title or shipping time frame for this title has been disclosed, but EA has revealed the game will be coming to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
Boom Blox is being developed at EA Los Angeles and will be coming in May 2008 for the Nintendo Wii. There will also be a mobile version coming sometime in spring.