Former THQ head announces new sci-fi fantasy horror game-and-film project

New idea to involve producer of Hellboy and Tomb Raider films; ex-executive VP Danny Bilson adds that his old company "couldn't change fast enough."

The former executive vice president of THQ, Danny Bilson, announced a new sci-fi fantasy horror project during the GameHorizon conference in Newcastle, UK.

Ex-THQ frontman Danny Bilson's next project is a sci-fi game-film tie-in.

According to the presentation (via Eurogamer), Bilson said that the project is a game-and-film tie-in reminiscent of SyFy and Trion World's Defiance project. His partner in the project is Lloyd Levin, producer of films like Watchmen, Tomb Raider, and Hellboy. He has yet to announce his distribution partner.

He plans to launch three two-hour episodes per year, while releasing a narrative of three to four interactive chapters in-between the episodes. He continues, "Let's take the fan from the film through three chapters of the game right into the next film. We've got the writers of the film writing the game narrative. We've got the actor's likeness, voice, and the players--fans--can participate in the narrative, up to a point, and then rejoin the film narrative, and it's all delivered on the same devices: the PC, the pads, or any digital device."

He added that no one has ever been able to move a story from a linear to an interactive form back-to-back because there's a barrier between the filmmakers and game developers that restricts them from taking creative liberties with that story.

He also said a few things about his time in THQ during the conference. He said that the company "couldn't change fast enough" from a licensed games-making company to a core games publisher. He said that six out of the 17 studios under the company "didn't know what they were making," so he was given the task to manage their direction. During his time, he was also given control of both the production and marketing departments to fix the relationship between the two divisions.

For more information, check out the video of the presentation.

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ghost590
ghost590

i cant make  my fantasy horror game idea anymore. 

DarthLod
DarthLod

Ohh god, now everything will be game AND film. "face palm"

1234ritchie
1234ritchie

If nothing else this sounds interesting. Episodic gaming works, as TellTale proved with the Walking Dead. To use a similar mechanic to link in with another form of media is brave but as the gaming industry becomes more stagnant and "same-y" I hope that fortune favours the bold.

smtgfx
smtgfx

I thought THQ was out!!!

berserks
berserks

3  2 hour of gameplay a year don t seem appealing to me , guess i ll wait for the ultimate package in a few years if it look any good .

mr_azim
mr_azim

Soul Reaver on Steroids?

Hurvl
Hurvl

Tomb Raider movies were entertaining if not good, loved Hellboy and Watchmen and I like sci-fi fantasy (I consider Star Wars to be sci-fi fantasy), so this could be good. Tie-movies/games rarely work and I don't want any online games like Defiance, so this could be great or very uninteresting.

June-GS
June-GS

Everybody I know knows I love both Angie AND Lara, but I'm fair and honest enough to say that no, the TR films weren't exactly their best work. Hellboy on the other hand was not exactly bad, as I recall, but just okay. While Watchmen, I'm sure everyone would agree, was simply awesome.

That's my long way of sayin, their film "record" is very inconsistent, but I remain hopeful, as this does have great potential.

BTW, off-topic but kinda related, I think I'm liking the Defiance TV series.

MalakTawus
MalakTawus

I don't like the idea to play a game piece by piece.......

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

From the article thumbnail I thought it was somehow connected to next gen Soul Reaver title, and how sad I was when I figured out it was a screenshot of Darksiders 2. I'm really sad they've ripped it off so much.

stanley_damasus
stanley_damasus

@berserks it's the other way round - "three two-hour episodes per year, while releasing a narrative of three to four INTERACTIVE chapters in-between the episodes."

June-GS
June-GS

@MalakTawus Then you're missin out on a lot of good stuff, 'coz some of the best games out there, like TellTale's TWD games, are episodic or "piece by piece".

ferretshob
ferretshob

@Morphine_OD I don't think the game will be a Darksiders game (nothing wrong with that) as Darksiders is now owned by Nordic Games so unless he has moved to Nordic Games it won't be a Darksiders game. They just showed a popular game from THQ. I have faith that this could be a Soul Reaver game. It would also be awesome as a Movie or TV series if done correctly.

wilson336
wilson336

@stanley_damasus @berserks No...that's pretty much what he said, just without the talkie parts...I for one am not interested in an interactive book on my console....I used to read the Choose Your Own Ending books when I was a kid, but I grew out of that.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@June-GSBut you can buy TWD all in one piece once all the episodes are done. That's one way of getting your own way, but you'd have to wait. I haven't played Half-Life Ep. 1 or 2, because I don't want to play something where the story is unfinished, but I like lots of other games better than Half-Life 2, so no big deal. I'd rather have one or a few films to tie in with a game, than a TV-series, because TV shows inevitably fluctuate in quality and I don't like watching a story without an ending. I want me some goddamn closure !!!!! Yes, I have issues.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@ferretshob I was talking about how Darksider 2 ripped off Soul Reaver so much, that it's screenshots could be mistaken for Soul Reaver's next gen version.

Acekidder
Acekidder

@wilson336 @stanley_damasus @berserks Oh i remember those dungeon books with fond memories :) you have reach a crossroads do you wish to go left (turn to 192) or right (turn to 211)...you are grabbed in the pitch black and eaten by a zombie, your adventure ends here!.

June-GS
June-GS

@BlackBaldwin@Hurvl 

Heheh. I totally understand where you're comin from, even my big sis "kinda" feels the same way. I mean what idiot would "wanna" wait for each episode, right? But the main flaw in your wait-for-everything-to-finish-first logic or concept or "policy" is this (and even my sis agrees with this): You can only do that with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight AFTER the fact. As a very simplistic example: (If I'd been born then) I would have loved to see the whole Star Wars trilogy in one go, but even if Lucas had promised to release them annually (he didn't), it would have been impractical (not to mention stupid) for me to wait YEARS for Lucas to finish everything first, BEFORE I started watching Episode 4 (or even 1)! Maybe with weeks-long TV or game seasons (like TWD's), you can do that if you're patient enough, but if you're gonna do this policy with years-spanning series like Game of Thrones or Mass Effect, then it's clearly not "wise", to say the least.


As for @BlackBaldwin's point, same deal. It's PAINFUL for me to have to wait for the next TWD (games,TV series & books) or the next GoT episode or the next Tomb Raider or Dead Space or BioShock entry. But to say that I'll avoid them altogether just because they're SO GOOD that I can't wait for them? LOL. You see my point now? I'm not gonna rob myself of something good just because "I can't wait" for its next release.

But if your main point is that you didn't like TWD's stories, then that's a different matter now. You really are in the extreme minority. And your beef is clearly with the story itself, NOT really the format of the game's release. You're blaming one for the other's fault.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

@Hurvl

Totally agree, I have to be in the minority when I say that I didn't like TWD very much I thought the quality of the episodes dipped alot from the first episode to the others not to mention I didn't like the long wait between episodes either so I'll probably avoid games like these in the future myself.

ferretshob
ferretshob

@Morphine_OD @ferretshob Ok that is not the way I read it. However I hope this maybe the announcement of the next Soul Reaver game that I have been waiting for, for about 10 years.