I’m truly not making this one up. I like The Mummy, but wow this is a shocker. I’ve posted the press release for more info:
The global market leader in browser-based Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG), Bigpoint, (http://www.bigpoint.com) today announced that it is developing a browser-based MMOG based upon Universal Pictures’ The Mummy film franchise. Developed in partnership with Universal Partnerships & Licensing, The Mummy Online will only be available online at http://www.bigpoint.com and will be delivered to gamers worldwide in Winter 2010.
In The Mummy Online, a free-to-play Action-RPG MMO game with adventure elements inspired by the films, players will take on heroic roles as adventure seekers with various talents and skills that will allow their characters to be unique within the MMO virtual world. Set in Egypt during the first half of the twentieth century, gamers will experience familiar environments and key characters from the film franchises as they battle against each other and ancient evil.
The Mummy film franchise has been an entertainment powerhouse taking its characters across the world to face some of archeology’s greatest mysteries and leading to exciting film sequels, theme park attractions, video games and more.
“The Mummy franchise is chock full of exotic settings, supernatural enemies, exciting quests, and over the top action,” said Bill Kispert, Vice President and GM Digital Platforms, Universal Partnerships & Licensing. “It is ripe with gameplay possibilities, and we look forward to extending our relationship with Bigpoint to bring the world of The Mummy to life for gamers.”
“We are excited to adapt this popular film franchise for the global online games market,” explains Heiko Hubertz, CEO and founder of Bigpoint. “By leveraging our mastery of browser-based games technology and Universal Pictures’ popular entertainment property, Bigpoint is quickly becoming one of the leading publishers of licensed games.”
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to work with The Mummy film franchise,” said Jesse Schell, CEO of Schell Games. “The action-packed story of Egyptian mythology and 1930’s fortune hunters provides a great backdrop for our team to build an awesome online game experience.”
The Mummy Online is developed with Unity technology for MMOG audiences. This platform independent engine makes it possible to produce real-time 3D applications such as MMO games in any internet browser with exceptionally high quality graphics without having to download a client. The game is being developed in multiple languages by Schell Games (http://www.schellgames.com), a Pittsburgh based development studio helmed by game design visionary Jesse Schell.
The teaser website for The Mummy Online is available at www.themummy.bigpoint.com.