17/08/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Twentieth Century Fox and The Multiverse Network will be launching an original Buffy the Vampire Slayer massively multiple online game... aka a MMOG. The virtual world will be based on the mythology made popular by the horror TV series.
The MMOG will allow users to play Buffy the Vampire Slayer either as a 3D environment or as a Flash-based 2D game, where both types of players can interact. The game will be launched within Multiverse Places, a new social virtual world from Multiverse. Currently under development, Buffy will go into beta testing later this year.
Landau, a Multiverse bigwig, who is in production on Avatar - the Fox film from fellow Multiverse Advisor James Cameron - commented, "Multiverse has the vision and expertise to create the type of rich environment needed for the best possible game based on the 'Buffy' series. The resources are in place to develop a great MMOG."
Created by sci-fi and comic book writer Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer ran for seven seasons on television.
"As a brilliant storyteller and world-maker, Joss Whedon crafts stories that expand perfectly into the new medium of virtual worlds," said Corey Bridges, co-founder of Multiverse. "Not to give away too much, but when the 'Buffy' team finished the television series, they created the perfect launching point for an MMOG where everyone will feel like they're an important character in the ongoing story."
Fox's plans for the development of the previously announced Firefly MMOG have been delayed, but Fox looks forward to continuing its collaboration with Multiverse on this endeavour.
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