Halcyon prepping Terminator, Philip K. Dick games

New rights-owner to acclaimed sci-fi franchise forms games division to bring film tie-in to "all formats" in 2009, acquires game rights to <i>Blade Runner</i> author's work.

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In 2009, humanity will be only 20 years away from meeting its horrific demise at the "hands" of artificially intelligent machines. How exciting. It's also the year when Halcyon Inc. plans to release to theaters Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, the fourth installment in the long-running sci-fi franchise, which began in 1984.

As has become the trend for high-profile action blockbusters, a game adaptation of Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins will launch in tandem with the film for "all formats, including next-generation consoles, PC, and mobile," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Details on the game and film are still sparse, but it will reportedly follow 30-year-old John Connor as he takes his first steps toward fomenting revolution in anticipation of the future war with machines.

Halcyon, which acquired the rights to the Terminator franchise in May, will be developing the game in-house under its newly formed game-division label. Peter Levin will act as interim CEO for Halcyon Games, and Cos Lazouras, former head of product development at Vin Diesel's Tigon Studios, will serve as VP of production.

"We don't want the game to be the stepchild to the film," said Halcyon cochairman Derek Anderson. "They're of equal importance, and we want both to be of the same quality and be the same compelling experience."

The Hollywood Reporter also noted that Halcyon has acquired first-look rights for projects derived from Hugo-award-winning author Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner, Paycheck). Halcyon plans to create games based on Dick's work beginning in 2010.

Discussion

114 comments
Hicks_1
Hicks_1

This is the first setp in the right direction for this franchaise. However the developer should not only make this a stand alone title from the movie (not suck), but sell or keep a percentage these rights to a proven developer and make a truly great money making game with this fertile fiction of a fps human techcom fighter in epic battles having to accomplish objectives to take down skynet would attract many gamers.

riffraff420
riffraff420

Just seeing if anyone could give me some advice on how to get a game company like Halcyon to look at a idea for a Rpg based on the Terminator series that i have everyone i have told my idea loves it just places like bioware who has made some pretty sweet rpgs wont look at game idea's from outside sources..if anyone could help me out that would great?

Matthew_B
Matthew_B

This game looks ten times better than a terminator game I played on NGC, I hope it is but I'm prepared to be let down.

furqan2006
furqan2006

Cool but i don't like the new Terminator

Jazzism
Jazzism

Too much debate about Terminator Lore. I see these guys got very talented people in place to really make the Terminator games come to life. It'll be much better than past projects I think and that awful arcade shoot-em-up. It made me want to go and play the original x-wing fighter arcade game from the 80's. It was much better made.

chupamelpo
chupamelpo

I just hope we get to see SEXY KILLER LESBIAN CYBORGS. That will totally bring it back.

beefalo
beefalo

Terminator 1 and 2 were amazing movies. Terminator 3 was complete garbage. They should redo that one before moving on in the story line. Also any game being made to coincide with a movie release is gonna be a haphazard work. I doubt this will be any different...which really sucks because they could make some awesome games around the Terminator franchise. FPS, 3rd person action, RTS...they could do everything with the license....

Devvy01
Devvy01

about time someone did something with the franchise

Voltaire_Tmpntr
Voltaire_Tmpntr

Teminater 3 was a big let down. i just hope this movie is bring back the series.

Errur
Errur

yea he's become arnOLD. hope this one will b gud

GreenC4T
GreenC4T

The last one wasn't that good. It would be nice if they brought Edward Furlong as the original John Connor. But I'll try to keep an open mind about the game and movie, but won't set my expectations high.

Thanos_of_MW
Thanos_of_MW

I'd like to see a good Terminator game like the old ones from Bethesda, but I have my reservations when I read stuff like "Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins will launch in tandem with the film". They usually rush stuff like this and the game suffers.

clearwaterslick
clearwaterslick

Here's my problem, 1. can you have a good terminator movie without arnold? No. 2. Should the governor do another Terminator movie? No, he's too old and a govenor for god's sake! 3. Will arnold do another temrinator movie? maybe, if the price is right. sad. MAybe they can have terminator 5 with arnold in a wheelchair and everyone can call him wheels the mobile version of the orginal temrinator.

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

*imitates best Arnold voice* Listen to me. Anyone that cannot pronounce Cali-FOR-NYA like the Govenor will be executed with extreme prejudice. I love you. I swear, I don't know what I was thinking when I made the movie Junior with that penguin Danny deVito. Don't hold that against me. I am Conan. You stole my father's sword? Come with me if you want to live. Get down! It's not a TUMOR! *miscellaneous grumbling*

SentientGames
SentientGames

All I could ask for is a higher-quality, updated version of Skynet and a sequal to the Blade Runner point and click game from the 90's. That's about it.

andrewhateme
andrewhateme

I was reading about this movie, and they said Arnold is making a "cameo" appearance!!! Ok, how can you have a terminator movie without arnold being the main character in the movie???

LoqGor
LoqGor

The problem I have with terminator is that the way they use time travel is wrong...you can't go back and kill the humans that will fight you in the future...they must have survived or you wouldn't have a problem with them in the first place. Silly machines. Silly script also. Godd as an action romp, but I stand by the fact it makes no sense.

gihrenzabi
gihrenzabi

Wow...just wow. No. Kyle Reese was the name of the character played by Michael Biehn. He was sent back in time to protect Sarah Connor, John's mother, from the Terminator played by Ahnold. Michael winds up knocking Sarah up, making his John Connor's father, thus setting up the paradox which is supposed to make you go "Oh, wow, man. Far out."

Bench_Scientist
Bench_Scientist

wait...didnt john connor travel back in time and die during the first movie?...I thought he was like 27-28 in the first one. So how can he be alive for this one?

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Mmmm interesting I might have to keep an eye open for this one. Hopefully they will bring in some decent actors in this film...Arnold sorry guy your getting too old...lets bring in some fresh faces please....

WormyTheWorm
WormyTheWorm

hedral002: "I love Philip K. Dick, but I don't think a game based on his work would do it. The movies made with his tales are nothing but crap, except for Blade Runner and A Scanner Darkly (Total Recall? Paycheck? Minority Report? Screamers? WTF?)" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ what?!?! Total Recall is a great film!! (my fave arnie film, sooooo many classic one-liners) and minority report is also good. I hope arnie isnt in the new terminator film though,... arnie is cool but if he is in it they better come up with a plausible reason as to why he looks different from in the early films... maybe there was a malfunction at the t-800 production line :) Terminator 3? i personally thought it was garbage, hated the T-X, awful awful idea... after that rubbishy T-X i wouldnt be surprised if they come up with an even crapper teminator this time... maybe a terminator in the form of a little kid?... wow that would suck absolute balls. Actually, im betting thats what the new terminator will be.. a terminator disguised as a little kid, its the next logical step after having the female terminator. GET YOUR ASS TO MARS! they should make a total recall sequel :)

Apathetic_Prick
Apathetic_Prick

Couldn't care less about Terminator Games; only company that ever did justice to teh license was Betehsda, and they gave that up loooong ago. Regaring PKD's work, I'd like to see something based off of Second Variety, but I'm not expecting Halcyon to do anything spectacular with the material. There's only three people I've ever seen that paid proper respect to his work - Ridley Scott, Shirow Masamune and Richard Linklater actually seemed to not only understand his work, but his mind as well. Even Westwood made some major booboos with their Bladerunner game because they tried to merge the worlds of the novel and the movie. Paycheque would be better off if it were based on the short story and made into an adventure title because the movie sucked. Screamers would be interesting, though

jknight5422
jknight5422

Man, lot's of vaporware speak here and promises of a game made from a movie that won't suck. How many movie to video games adaptations have been made that don't suck that we can count on one hand??? I think the staff of Halcyon was probably taking Halcyon when they made these statements. And we get to be in our fourth iteration of John Connor since it doesn't sound like they want to pick up the last guy that did it. He changes out faster than 007s.

Hippostrike
Hippostrike

Why must they continue to ruin Terminator? They should have learned their lesson with the third one.

lowkey254
lowkey254

next gen, current gen, you know what they mean. (I can't stand those who want to be right for everything). Anyway, this is great. As long as they don't f^ck up the movie like they did T3 then everything should be cool. If they do what they say they will do with the games, and actually put some time into them, then that will make it even better.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

by next gen consoles i hope they mean the ps4 etc. because the ps3, wii and 360 are current gen. wake up and stop referring to them as next gen consoles. by 2009, all the so called 'next gen consoles will be 2+ years into their lives with the 360 approaching its 4th year.

rendallchoc
rendallchoc

They will hype the film and game i bet and everyone will be thinking yeah it might actually be alright untill they actually see the film and play the game!! (Im still gunna hope there good tho!!)

rendallchoc
rendallchoc

T4 will be probably less fun than putting your Balls In a Blender! T3 Was pretty poor compared to T1+T2 soo T4 will be even more poo

Gods_Son23
Gods_Son23

I'm a huge fan of the movies particularly the first 2 so I can't wait for the new movie even though I can't see it matching the previous movies. Not sure about the game though. Not many movie to game games are great. Hopefully I'm surprised.

ResidentEman
ResidentEman

If they can ruin this game given the amount of time they have for it, the fact that character, enemy, environment, and weapon models are all done for them, and so is the story, then this studio just plain sucks.

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

Oh, this better be good....how do i love the Terminator series...first i read of a new Ghostbusters game featuring Murray and the boys, and now a new Terminator game...god i still remember my old Genisis, the laser gun and i had the T2 Arcade Game for it, it was flippin' sweet. I have high expectations for this new game!

pettos91
pettos91

hasta la vista baby! BOM!

TonimusPrime
TonimusPrime

It's not really T4, It's a new series of movies BASED on that universe.

PHeMoX
PHeMoX

I'm sure Arnold Schwarzenegger will make a small cameo in Terminator 4... he has made too many jokes about it already. Don't expect to see much of him though, last time he could only be convinced with at least 30 million dollars... seems he doesn't come cheap.

rusky4ever
rusky4ever

At least have Arnold for the 5 mins or so explaining how he was replaced or something.

Tomdogg
Tomdogg

And just when I thought the horror show was all over...

Unknown_Legend
Unknown_Legend

Ah man terminator with no Arnold, not good, hopefully it will still be a good movie though. Also, I bet Hitman will be one of the greatest game-to-movie adaptations ever!

Aruna_lk
Aruna_lk

Terminator 2 is the best movie. i hope that T4 will be better than T3.

kori911
kori911

Philip K. Dick is an amazing author. Hopefully they won't butcher his work too bad.

RabbiRambo
RabbiRambo

Terminator without Arnold is not Terminator.

can0of0cheese
can0of0cheese

This could be really cool, or it could be really bad...

wwonka666
wwonka666

RaiKageRyu So are we going to see Arny? No, his version of Terminator has yet to be created from my understanding of the timeline of the film. Also, he's too busy being governor and can't take time off to do a full time acting gig. We have probably seen Arnold's last movie appearance when he made a cameo in the Rundown.

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

"They're of equal importance, and we want both to be of the same quality and be the same compelling experience." ... so the movie is going to suck too?

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

hmm, could be peach's could be corn, that's the beauty of it

SMGrawks
SMGrawks

Why can't they have the SkyNet thing send terminators back to like, 1950, and take over the U.S. that way? Why does the timeline not change because of changes to it PRIOR to 1984? HEY! Maybe even have the Terminators involved with WW2! Ho-ho-ho!