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'Battleship' Will Also Be a First-Person Shooter Now

Activision and Double Helix are developing a tactical first-person shooter based on an absurd action movie "based" on a fairly mundane boardgame. Get all that?

Because no blockbuster film can apparently exist without some kind of video game adaptation that may or may not bear any real resemblance to the film in question, Activision and developer Double Helix have today announced that they will be teaming up with Universal Pictures to bring an extremely loose interpretation of the studio's upcoming sort of adaptation of Hasbro's classic boardgame Battleship to video game consoles everywhere.

Man, it's EXACTLY how I don't remember playing Battleship as a kid!

Undoubtedly you've seen the myriad ads for the Peter Berg-directed film, which features innocent battleships suddenly caught in a massive alien invasion that looks more or less like an accidental Michael Bay parody. The game will apparently follow a storyline wholly separate from the one that features Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna, and Alexander Skarsgaard fighting aliens (and also Liam Neeson collecting yet another paycheck.) Instead, you'll play as Cole Mathis, some manner of demolitions expert who is not on a battleship, yet is somehow capable of commanding a number of battleships while fighting off the aforementioned ocean aliens.

The game will split its battles into first-person shooter sequences and tactical "Battle Command" sequences, where you tactically position ships into tactical situations to tactically defeat the alien enemies, presumably while using tactics.

"With a BATTLESHIP videogame, we have an amazing opportunity to take our beloved property and give it a modern-day spin," said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media and Marketing at Hasbro, and also a guy who apparently forgot EA already made a version of Battleship for Xbox Live along with a bunch of other Hasbro properties, and thus likely will be getting a very irritated phone call from them later today.

"The merging of tactical and action elements immerses players in an epic maritime conflict. Activision is completely up to the task of delivering a high-intensity thrill ride that's perfectly suited for today's console owners," he added, clearly unaware that the makers of last year's generally disliked Green Lantern game, as well as the universally reviled G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra game would be developing this.

Battleship will be coming to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this April in Europe, and May in North America. Separate adaptations for the Wii, 3DS and regular old DS will be coming later down the road from developer Magic Pockets, makers of the GBA version of that horrible Catwoman game, and Petz Dolphinz Encounter, which is something that exists, apparently.

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Posted by Alex

Because no blockbuster film can apparently exist without some kind of video game adaptation that may or may not bear any real resemblance to the film in question, Activision and developer Double Helix have today announced that they will be teaming up with Universal Pictures to bring an extremely loose interpretation of the studio's upcoming sort of adaptation of Hasbro's classic boardgame Battleship to video game consoles everywhere.

Man, it's EXACTLY how I don't remember playing Battleship as a kid!

Undoubtedly you've seen the myriad ads for the Peter Berg-directed film, which features innocent battleships suddenly caught in a massive alien invasion that looks more or less like an accidental Michael Bay parody. The game will apparently follow a storyline wholly separate from the one that features Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna, and Alexander Skarsgaard fighting aliens (and also Liam Neeson collecting yet another paycheck.) Instead, you'll play as Cole Mathis, some manner of demolitions expert who is not on a battleship, yet is somehow capable of commanding a number of battleships while fighting off the aforementioned ocean aliens.

The game will split its battles into first-person shooter sequences and tactical "Battle Command" sequences, where you tactically position ships into tactical situations to tactically defeat the alien enemies, presumably while using tactics.

"With a BATTLESHIP videogame, we have an amazing opportunity to take our beloved property and give it a modern-day spin," said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media and Marketing at Hasbro, and also a guy who apparently forgot EA already made a version of Battleship for Xbox Live along with a bunch of other Hasbro properties, and thus likely will be getting a very irritated phone call from them later today.

"The merging of tactical and action elements immerses players in an epic maritime conflict. Activision is completely up to the task of delivering a high-intensity thrill ride that's perfectly suited for today's console owners," he added, clearly unaware that the makers of last year's generally disliked Green Lantern game, as well as the universally reviled G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra game would be developing this.

Battleship will be coming to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this April in Europe, and May in North America. Separate adaptations for the Wii, 3DS and regular old DS will be coming later down the road from developer Magic Pockets, makers of the GBA version of that horrible Catwoman game, and Petz Dolphinz Encounter, which is something that exists, apparently.

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Edited by ThePhantomnaut

REALLY...

Posted by NMC2008

I can't wait until they make Candy Land into an FPS.

Edited by Atwa

I dont care what nobody says, this can ONLY mean good things.

Posted by leejunfan83

FUCK

Posted by thirteenyahs

You sunk my expectations.

Posted by JohnDudebro

I cannot describe how thrilled I am that another game is gonna be added to the Games Based On Movies Based On Games concept page.

Posted by ValiantGrizzly

Madness. This is madness.

Posted by Alex

@thirteenyahs: Best comment.

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Posted by ztiworoh

@NMC2008 said:

I can't wait until they make Candy Land into an FPS.

Honestly, I would love to see Double Fine do a Candy Land FPS. Just think of what that could be.

Posted by Rox360

Anyone wanna bet against them releasing a new board game themed after the movie/video game adaptation, too?

Posted by Excast
@digitalsea87 said:

Madness. This is madness.

No..  This.  Is.  BAAATTLESHHIIIPPPP!!!!
Posted by Oni

What is this. Where am I? What year is it?

Posted by Asadasa5

It's coming out in Europe first? Guess I'll have to import a copy.

Posted by alibson
Posted by takeshikitano3

So relieved, I thought this was going to be about Jumanji.

Posted by fox01313

Might be better off with a first-person Minesweeper game than this, at least with low enough expectations here I can safely avoid this (and maybe the film too) without feeling bad about not playing it.

Posted by Enigma777

Wait....

Micheal Bay is not directing Battleship?

WHAT THE FUCK?

Posted by Matiaz_Tapia

Sacrifice...

Posted by scottp

@Oni:

Posted by MrXD

What the f**k Activision, what the f**k?

Posted by MosesWalker

I hope Candyland gets the same treatment some day.

Posted by Swoxx

@thirteenyahs said:

You sunk my expectations.

Oh you

Posted by RE_Player1

Fuck off.

Edited by deerokus

Battleship isn't even really a board game, it's a pencil and paper game that Hasbro somehow own the copyright to. I now fully expect Noughts and Crosses/Tic Tac Toe to be made into an FPS via movies.

Posted by louiedog

In multiplayer games can I lie about getting shot and then slyly move my character model one step to the right?

Posted by BonOrbitz
I hate you Activision.
Posted by dOm_CaTz

ehh i enjoyed the green lantern game but that joe game was straight up shit in a case. the movie will be a 2nd rate transformers(which is already shit so what is 2nd rate shit?) and the game wont be good either, but i bet it will come in 2nd to max payne 3 in sales when it comes out which will be a damn shame since it shouldn't even be on the same shelf.

Posted by Toug

*slow clap*

Posted by LoktarOgar

I get that first person shooters sell (even if this particular one won't), and this is one way to extend the joke that is this entire phenomenon, but I think it would have been [even] funnier if they made a game based on the movie that was just a digital version of Battleship the pencil and paper game.

Posted by Livingitlarge224

Personally, I can't wait for Magic: The Gathering: The Movie: The Video Game: The Card Game.

Edited by Ventilaator

I wanna laugh at this, but then I get sad

Posted by AndrewB

It comes full circle when they make the board game based on the movie.

Posted by Olivaw

@louiedog said:

In multiplayer games can I lie about getting shot and then slyly move my character model one step to the right?

HAH

The only way to play Battleship.

Posted by Sammo21

This is old news. I feel like I saw this somewhere weeks ago, but my mind was equally as blown.

Posted by believer258

@Livingitlarge224 said:

Personally, I can't wait for Magic: The Gathering: The Movie: The Video Game: The Card Game.

They already had Mortal Kombat: The Movie: The Game. That was a while back, though, so maybe it's time for a refresher on why games of movies of games don't really work. Or, in this case, games of movies of board games.

This whole thing is going to be one of the most expensive turds ever, after combining the money it will take to make the movie and the game.

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Posted by WiqidBritt

I'm sure it'll be as good as that Battle: Los Angeles game.

Posted by WindFall259

In other news, Michael Bay is going to direct a movie based on Connect Four.

Edited by Shaanyboi

Fuck you, Activision. And fuck you, Hasbro, for even considering a movie for this...

Posted by OllyOxenFree

WE FPS NOW

Posted by Eribuster

Double Helix doesn't have a great track record. Good luck to them in making the game.

Posted by Artigkar

@believer258: err? I think you mean street fighter and not mortal kombat?

Posted by SSully

@thirteenyahs said:

You sunk my expectations.

Best post in this article.

Posted by Rhaknar

the only thing i can think about this is:

"because of course it will"

Posted by jgree21

@Enigma777: I saw the commercial and thought the same thing. Definitely looks like a Bay joint.

Posted by nginsmall

Hahahaha (^o^) nice job Activision.

Posted by believer258

@Artigkar said:

@believer258: err? I think you mean street fighter and not mortal kombat?

After a bit of internet searching, I find that I did. Ooops. I was getting confused - two 90's fighting franchises which got movies made of them.

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Posted by Rawson

Because every franchise ever has to be an FPS nowadays.

Edited by AndrewB

Let's list off other classic board games that can be made into movies and FPS games based off those movies.

  • Connect Four!
  • Sorry!
  • Crossfire!
  • Thin Ice.
  • Trouble.
  • Mousetrap.

Bonus:

Posted by spiceninja

Activision, keeping the dream alive.

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