G.I. Joe drafted by EA

Publisher drops intel on movie-based project, set for release this summer on consoles and handhelds.

Hasbro's long-running toy line G.I. Joe is storming theaters this summer, and Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment are doing what they can to ensure a multifront assault on fans' wallets. One such salvo was launched today when Electronic Arts announced development on a game "inspired by" the upcoming film.

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Set for release around the time of the August 7 movie, the G.I. Joe game will pick up where the film leaves off. Despite that, EA is promising that players will be able to "re-create and re-live the greatest moments from the film, cartoon series, and action-figure toy line," taking control of a dozen different Joes along the way. Also of note, at least some versions of the game will support a single-screen cooperative multiplayer mode, letting gamers tackle the villainous terrorist organization Cobra in tandem.

G.I. Joe will arrive on the Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, DS, and mobile devices. EA did not say which of its studios had been entrusted with development duties on the game.

Now THIS is hype art.

As enduring as the G.I. Joe brand has proven over the last four decades, gaming adaptations for the franchise are few. EA's games will mark the first Joe excursion on major consoles since 1992's NES adventure G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor from Capcom. That same year, Konami took the team into the arcades with a behind-the-back scrolling shooter. Prior to those games, the Real American Hero had been portrayed in another NES game, an Atari 2600 title, and a multiplatform computer title developed by Epyx Games.

The G.I. Joe movie game marks an extension into more traditional gaming markets for the partnership of EA and Hasbro. In August of 2007, the pair came together for a lineup of casual games based on the toy maker's popular board games and toy brands such as Monopoly, Nerf, and Scrabble.

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78 comments
starduke
starduke

Gi Joe action figures have been around for a long time. They've had movies and Tv shows based on them. Even some video games and comic books. Now they are getting the live action treatment. Which, if previous things like this are any indicator, could turn out really good or really, really bad. Like the Dragon Ball movie was bad or Batman Begins was good. I mean, turning something that has been animated into live action very rarely works. Its hard to adequately translate animation in to live action and get it right. The game is going to be a movie based game, and the movie is based on a line of action figures that have had animated TV shows and movies, so both the movie and the game could turn out bad. The game could even turn out worse then the movie. It's going to be made by EA, and I haven't seen very many of their games turn out good. It doesn't bode well for this game being good. I hope I'm wrong and EA actually succeeds and makes this a good game. I can't wait to play as Snake Eyes. Go Joe!

da_post_office
da_post_office

it would be a lot cooler if it was a shooting game where you ran around on tables and stuff as action figures with guns.... that would be whoopin anus

bbgambini420
bbgambini420

ARMY OF TWO style?? if EA fixes the bugs in AOF...GI JOE could be a sweet franchise!! It has a lot of 'hope' and it will be accepted by FANS of the old days!!

akiwak
akiwak

GI Joe game -yeah!- EA is involved... -not good- *hopes for Deadspace quality*

Irve
Irve

Hmmm , i was thinking more Joes of war myself nice co-op game but i'll bet monie on it being a poor game ... you'll play as snake eyes and it's ne a button mashing beat ,em up platformer like most movie games sigh

Timstuff
Timstuff

@ SilentLine04: YES YES YES! The Battlefield: Bad Company engine is a MUST for this game! Also, Bad Company was T-rated, which I'm sure is exactly what EA will be aiming for with this game. I sure hope that's what EA has planned!

SilentLine04
SilentLine04

Here is something to hope for, G.I. Joe Licence + the Battlefield: Bad Company Engine. for the win

Merl57
Merl57

EA has slowly been regaining my respect back especially with the stellar titles from last year lets hope this one is as good

Spartan1017
Spartan1017

ea sucks but i'll keep an eye on this cause i love the joes...

maverick_76
maverick_76

I grew up playing with these guys, GO JOE! Don't you screw this up EA, oh wait.....

73X
73X

If games based off of good movies are absolutely horrid, what happens when a bad movie gets a game?

kkevguy47k
kkevguy47k

all games based off movies suck, with the devs trying to make it like the movie, it almost always ends bad.

Guzthon
Guzthon

Please EA, make a 2D or 2.5D version for the DS. I played the second game (The Atlantis Factor for the NES) which was better than the first (the only bad are the complicated passwords, no riding Cobra vehicules and less characters). One thing EA: PLEASE DON'T SCREW UP for the love of God (and the name of all the GI Joe fans from around the world), just like The Transformers.

feryl06
feryl06

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feryl06
feryl06

GI JOE has the makings of a good game---action, fighting, explosions----but somehow I get the feeling that the developers will mess it all up.

jediorder2000
jediorder2000

the Warriors was a good movie game. Since EA states that the game will allow players to "re-create and re-live the greatest moments from the film, cartoon series, and action-figure toy line," i believe that it's similar to the Warriors such that it is not a direct movie tie-in. Honestly im excited that we are getting a G.I. Joe game at all, so i'm looking forward to this title

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

If it is a direct Movie Tie-in game then it will almost definitely fail, though if it takes the characters and tells its own side story or back story ala Chronicles of Riddick then it has at least a fighting chance to be good.

firehawk998
firehawk998

Seriously this trend of movie to video games must stop. Chances are the games plot is similar to the movie. By the time this comes out it either will be :- a) Boring b) Broken and buggy c)A stupid story and pacing d)

MaNiKore
MaNiKore

I don't like movie games, they shouldn't make movie games. They always half-assed made. I mean.., can anybody name me 1 good movie game (accept Aladdin on the SNES) :p

Mujaheden
Mujaheden

Probably another cheap, quick, dirty, cash in. Expect nothing good.

enoslives7
enoslives7

oh great....more crappy shovel-ware from EA

DaMiGi22863
DaMiGi22863

Fail - Epic Fail!!!, This game is soo totally gonna suck., under 5.5, I guarantee it. G.I. Joe used to be cool, when it was a full height action figure, but when they went mini, it started going downhill big time. Now EA's going to do the game off the film,forget it.

tbradford2
tbradford2

So they are starting to develop it now? And take like only six months to make it??

elbert_b_23
elbert_b_23

i use to love the old Nintendo g.i. joe games i just hope this is a good one

CrushedGroove
CrushedGroove

I may be showing my age a bit here, but does anyone remember the G.I. Joe Arcade game? They should release that on XBox Live and Playstation Store. I'd buy it...spent many a quarter on that game.

Omegaman007
Omegaman007

This is frustrating news. Now I can only hope they don't screw up the movie because I know this game won't be good.

mechberg
mechberg

Beach Head > Firefly > Snake Eyes > Storm Shadow

Oloryn
Oloryn

I suppose I'd be only marginally skeptical of the quality of this game if I thought the movie at least looked good...but it doesn't. A game based off of what looks like a crappy movie based off of a toy and cartoon franchise that is being commercially whored out for the sake of bigwig corporate Bobs who don't realize they're destroying our childhood...AND made by EA?? I'm not saying its going to suck......but they have to pull one helluva fat white rabbit out of a tiny hat to make me think otherwise.

cowmaster2k3
cowmaster2k3

If EAs doing it, its gonna suck... I love GI JOE too... :(

VexedLucifer
VexedLucifer

I think the fail has temporary struck me blind.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

i waited a looooong time for a Transformer games and they base it on the movie.... great movie but a bad game i dont think ill get hyped about this

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

I find it sad the developers cant just make a good game. Instead they waste their time and talent on mediocre games based on movies simply to try and monopolise on the name. Its true, most games developed based on a movie are exactly mediocre if not completely horrible. What would be wrong in making a GI Joe game just to make a good GAME and not because a movie is being released? This, in my opinion, is part of the trouble with the current game industry. Its better to make a few really good quality games, than a bunch of rushed or half-a@@ games. Quality over quantity.

dadoesch
dadoesch

EA + movie + GIJoe = 6.0 review. You saw it here first folks.

FAcorp
FAcorp

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MuffintopX
MuffintopX

I bet it plays exactly like "Mercenaries 3"

Prime05
Prime05

Why did EA wait for a movie? Plenty of fans have wanted a good GI JOE game for a decade or more. Now it's probably gonna suck like all movie games. I'm hoping EA will do a good job on this project, but that might be to much to ask. I'm just gonna bet the $60 bucks I'd spend on this game that it falls into that 5 to 6.5 category that all these games find themselves in. If it gets a 7 out of 10 or higher I'll buy if because I'm a Joe fan. Let the poor camera angles and repetitive game play begin. YO JOE!!!

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

EA way to go. you will official be as lame as the nintendo games developement divison AND securom.

darfvader
darfvader

movie based...... but still GOOOOOOOOO joe!

Mush_Mouth
Mush_Mouth

Whooooo, let's hear it for EA getting to ruin another beloved franchise!!

Rizer
Rizer

Since it's based on a movie, I don't really have high hopes for it. But it is G.I.Joe based...you know...shooting...ninjas...cyborgs...terrorists in funny costumes, pretty much every popular US theme rolled into one title...so if they up maturity ratings and modernize it a bit from the ancient tv show, it could be awsome if you pick the right devs.

INMATEofARKHAM
INMATEofARKHAM

This game is going to blow... It's a double licenses game (Toy to Movie, Movie to game) and most single licenses games blow so to put any hope, let alone faith, into a doomed project is a poor idea... But man I hope I'm wrong! :D

doomsoth
doomsoth

"Movie-based project" I was excited until I saw those words. Just make the game and don't worry about the movie!!!

tonicmole
tonicmole

Do we really have to wonder if a movie game will be good or not? A game based on a movie sucks almost as bad as movie based on a game.