On Tuesday, June 28th, Activision will release the anticipated Fantastic 4 movie game which lets players harness the Marvel superheroes’ unique and amazing powers through a compelling single-player or two-player co-operative team based gameplay experience.
Authored by Zak Penn, who co-wrote the story for X2: X-Men United, the game follows the Fantastic Four film’s storyline and expands the adventures by letting players stretch, control fire and use invisibility and brute force to defeat evil Super Villains in new environments and familiar comic book locales. Challenged to master each super hero’s individual powers and combine them to level even more devastating attacks, players must battle the never-before-seen enemies and the ultimate evil â€“ Doctor Doom — to save the human race from disaster.
Superhero Hype! talked to Lead Designer Jeff Gardiner from 7 Studios about creating the game:
SHH!: The game is coming out along with the movie, how closely did you work with the movie producers?
We were also fortunate enough to have the actors for all of the major characters – Reed, Sue, Johnny, Ben, and Victor – to reprise their roles in the video game.
SHH!: The cast of the Fantastic 4 movie did the voiceover work for the game, any good recording studio stories?
SHH!: Obviously, the Fantastic 4 has a long history. Were you able to pull from the comic book story lines or did you stick with the movie?
One thing that is both a blessing and a curse about working within this world is that the Fantastic 4 have been evolving for over forty years. We have tried to bring in as many classic elements from the comics as possible, but there was no way to cram forty years of content into one game. The good news is that there is plenty left to explore in the future, should we be fortunate enough to do so!
SHH!: What platforms is the game coming out for? Any differences in the console versions?
SHH!: What’s the co-op play like?
There is also a full Arena Fight area, playable in single player and two-person co-op modes. The arena environments and enemy sets are drawn from those encountered throughout the game, with a few bonus environments as well. Players can mix and match heroes, enemy sets, environments, and game types unlocked through gameplay.
SHH!: Why would a hardcore F4 fan like this game?
We have also tried to work the unique hero powers into every aspect of gameplay. For instance, Reed can attack and grapple from range in combat. His extended combo attacks turn his fists into massive hammers, and when he’s fully charged with cosmic power he can literally roll over his enemies. Out of combat, he can use his stretchiness to help navigate through the missions or solve environmental puzzles. But Reed’s strengths are not limited to his physical powers – he’s also a genius with a stock of technical gadgetry at his fingertips. We worked that aspect of his character into his game play as well, letting him hack into computer systems to open pathways or even turn enemy machines into allies. He can heal teammates with his gadgets and release spider mines of his own construction that will seek out and destroy enemies. We took the same approach with each of the four heroes, finding ways to bring their unique abilities to play both in and out of combat.
In the final analysis, what makes the Fantastic 4 unique are the interpersonal interactions. I think the fans will especially appreciate the moments in the game that explore that aspect- when Ben and Johnny’s verbal sparring turns into a real fight, or when Sue’s over-protectiveness of her little brother leads her into danger first.
Last – but definitely not least! – hardcore fans will be especially pleased with our unlockable materials. For the first time ever in a video game, Stan Lee appears in unlockable interviews that feature him talking about the comic and playing and commenting on the game.
It’s been an honor to work on the Fantastic 4. We have a team full of fans that can cite comic issues by page and panel. To see the franchise come alive in both the movie and the game has been a truly amazing opportunity for us. We hope that everyone has as much fun playing it as we did making it!
Visit the game’s official website for more info. 20th Century Fox will release the Fantastic Four movie on Friday, July 8th.
Source: Superhero Hype!