Is it finally time for a decent Who game?
Typical. You wait ages for a new Doctor Who game to come along, and then two arrive at once. For the casual mass market you've got the free-to-play Doctor Who: Worlds In Time, with its cartoony style and MMO trappings. It's being developed by Three Rings Design, and you can read all about it right here. Then, aiming for the core, there's Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock, which is coming to PS3 and Vita through PSN this March.
Details on The Eternity Clock have been scant to date, but as the launch window approaches BBC Worldwide has opened the doors of the TARDIS to reveal what this side scrolling platformer is all about - and true to form, it's a lot bigger and more complex on the inside than one might previously have imagined.
First and foremost, BBC Worldwide and developer Supermassive Games are deadly serious about creating a game for proper gamers, aimed at your typical PSN user - 18-30 year old males, with the title getting a PEGI 12 rating for 'mild violence'. Rather than just farming the license out like they did for the two previous Nintendo titles (Evacuation Earth on DS and Return to Earth on Wii), BBC Worldwide actively sought developers keen to work on the franchise, choosing SuperMassive Games (Start The Party!, Tumble) from 6 original pitches.
|The Doctor in action.|
"Before our group was formed, there was no one in the BBC with gaming experience," Simon Harris of BBC Worldwide's gaming division and The Eternity Clock's executive producer explained to IGN. "They were looking at these licensed games and saying 'Well yes, the Cyberman looks right, the Doctor's voice is in it, the TARDIS is the right colour blue', but nobody was playing it to be able to say, yes - this is a good game."
"The franchise is growing enormously and the amount of time and money you invest has a huge impact on the game you get, so licensing it to people isn't going to get you the best quality. This time we're actually putting in the BBC's own money and working with really good partners."
|Cybermen: Prepare to be assimilated!|