A new game based on the popular Jumanji film series has been announced. Jumanji: The Video Game will be a four-player cooperative game. Outrights Games, Bandai Namco and Funsolve are partnering with Sony Pictures to bring this game to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam on 15 November.
Instead of adapting the original film, the game will be based on the upcoming sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The game is described as a 3D action-adventure title where players can team up with friends either online, split-screen or AI companions. Players will take control of characters based on those in the movie. The game will be developed using Unreal Engine 4. No gameplay has been revealed as of yet.
It isn’t a surprise that Outright Games are behind Jumanji: The Video Game as they have previously published other games based on movies or TV shows, including Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion, Dragons: Dawn of New Risers and Ben 10. Commenting on working on the new title, Outright Games CEO Terry Malham stated “This is a dream come true for our studio.” We do know that a Jumanji sequel based on 2017 movie is currently in development but there is very little known about the film as not even a trailer has been released yet. Currently, it is unclear how Jumanji: The Video Game will tie-in to the new movie.
Video games have long been used as a promotional tool for upcoming films within family-friendly franchises. Video game film tie-ins seemed to be a thing of the past, so this announcement is a bit surprising. Here’s hoping that the game is good, though.
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