April 03, 2012

ARTICLE: Are we having a 'Hunger Games' console game soon?

Forbes published an article regarding the possibility of a 'Hunger Games' Console Game currently being cooked by Lionsgate. Are we having one soon?
The Hunger Games has already earned over $364.9 million globally. Lionsgate is turning the Suzanne Collins’ book trilogy, which has sold over 23.5 million copies and counting, into four movies. And with a free-to-play Facebook game, The Hunger Games Adventures, and a free mobile game, The Hunger Games: Girl on Fire, more games are expected to appear.
“Games have always been in the back of everyone’s mind since we picked up the rights to the books,” said David Hayes, vice president of digital marketing at Lionsgate. “Outside of the name that has ‘games’ in the title, it’s no-brainer that you’d make a game based on the book or movie. But we’ve been careful and cautious that when we do embark on a new project, we’re doing it the right way and delivering an experience that fans will enjoy. We’ve had many discussions about all the types of games, including console games. The two we released at launch are the best representation of what we’re setting out to do with these games.”
With the next movie due in 2013 and another two locked in after that, Lionsgate has plenty of time to partner with a game publisher and release at least a console game. Electronic Arts showed that games based on movies based on books can be successful with its Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings franchises, as an example. And a game publisher can avoid the controversial aspect of The Hunger Games arena battles altogether.
“I don’t think having kids battle to the death in the Hunger Games is a hindrance to a potential console game,” said Hayes. “If you look at the narrative arc across the trilogy of books, there’s an Old Testament-style story of Katniss versus the Capitol. It’s that grander story of having an enslaved people forced to compete in the games that’s very attractive to fans and marketers and anyone participating in the franchise. It gets people excited. The focus would be less on the kids killing kids aspect and more about the more powerful story of good versus evil.” 
With the immense success that the movie, the books, and various movie tie-in merchandise have earned, a confirmation about this idea in the future wouldn't come as a surprise to me. Hooray for obsessed gamers out there!

You can read the entire article here.


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