Ubisoft crying Beowulf, raising more Rabbids

Robert Zemeckis movie tie-in, new Rayman are unveiled at the Ubidays 2007 press event.


Rayman Raving Rabbids

Beowulf: Howling at a theater near you this fall.
Beowulf: Howling at a theater near you this fall.

Ubisoft has revealed two new games at its Ubidays event in Paris. Foremost among these is a game adaptation of the forthcoming computer-animated fantasy Beowulf. The game will reportedly be released alongside the film, which will use the same animation process as Robert Zemeckis' The Polar Express, when it hits theaters this November.

Directed by Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Cast Away) and cowritten by famed comic author Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Beowulf is the latest retelling of the medieval legend. Ray Winstone (The Departed) will voice the titular hero, who must do battle with several villains, including Grendel (Crispin Glover). Rounding out the all-star cast are Anthony Hopkins, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, John Malkovich, and Angelina Jolie.

Ubisoft executive Alain Corre said the game would be a hack-and-slash action title from the same studio as Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter. However, he did not elaborate, meaning Beowulf could be in development at either Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft Shanghai, Swedish developer GRIN, or North Carolina-based Red Storm Entertainment. No platforms for the game were announced.

In addition to Beowulf, Ubisoft announced that it is readying a sequel to the cult hit Rayman Raving Rabbids for release this year. Wednesday, the publisher confirmed that the game would be released exclusively for the Wii and DS.

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