In November 2008, Red Eagle Entertainment landed the rights to make games based on Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time novels. At the time, many were left wondering whether the start-up production house had the chops to do justice to Robert Jordan's sprawling fantasy universe. Since then, though, Red Eagle has supplemented its efforts in a number of ways, signing on with EA Partners and signing up Hollywood scribe Chris Morgan as story director.
Red Eagle continued its aid-seeking efforts today, announcing that it had solicited Obsidian Entertainment's role-playing game expertise to help develop The Wheel of Time games. As part of the partnership, Obsidian will work with Red Eagle's in-house development team to build out the games for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
"Although Red Eagle Games is both a game producer and publisher, as a new company, we quickly recognized that we could benefit from supplementing small in-house technical and creative teams with a proven third-party developer," Red Eagle Games chief operating officer Larry Mondragon said of the partnership.
Obsidian is no stranger to the role-playing game genre. Formed in 2003 by Black Isle Studios veterans (Fallout, Planescape: Torment), Obsidian has since partnered with BioWare on sequels to the Knights of the Old Republic and Neverwinter Nights franchises. The studio is currently at work on Alpha Protocol and Fallout: New Vegas, both of which are due out later this year.
Red Eagle is also prepping a massively multiplayer online RPG and has partnered with Universal Studios on a live-action motion picture based on The Wheel of Time franchise. The company has yet to attach a release date to any of its Wheel of Time projects.