Warner Bros. just sent us an email about Watchmen: Justice Is Coming, an iPhone game based on the upcoming feature film. Here are the givens so far: it’s a tactical role-playing game, it’s purely online multiplayer, and Alan Moore is NOT involved.
From Warner’s press release:
“Warner Bros. Digital Distribution today announced Watchmen: Justice is Coming, an online multiplayer game for the iPhone and iPod Touch based on the upcoming film Watchmen, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. Available from the iTunes App Store this March, Watchmen: Justice is Coming will take iPhone gaming to a new level allowing players to battle in realistic 3D environments and visualize changes to the world in real time.
Watchmen: Justice is Coming is a multiplayer online adventure fighting game developed by Last Legion Games exclusively for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The game will use ‘cloudMMO,’ Last Legion’s patent pending cloud based multiplayer technology that leverages Amazon.com Web Services allowing players to adventure through the incredible world of Watchmen. Players will experience an ever-changing gaming environment, chat with other players and participate in street battles.”
We have no official word on how the gameplay will work, but the screenshots on the game’s website hint at an asynchronous “rock-paper-scissors” battle system with customizable attacks and skills. The FAQ claims that Watchmen: JIC “will support up to 1000 players at a time, moving dynamically and simultaneously around the city.” It also mentions that the game is online-only–you must be connected to play story and battle modes.
We are keeping a close eye on this one, and we’re in the process of setting up an interview with the game’s developer, Last Legion Games. Stay tuned!