With all the TV shows out there, it’s not always the most obvious ones you think of that might get turned into video games, so when I got a press release saying newly formed PC and console publisher GAMESCO were building a game based on the tv show Grimm (currently airing for a fifth season on Watch), I was a little surprised… Then I thought about it a bit, and came to the conclusion it’s actually a pretty nifty idea.
For those not watching (you should, it’s rather good!), Grimm is a drama series inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales. Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (played by David Giuntoli) discovers he’s descended from an elite line of ‘Grimms’, charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world. After his discovery he increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm.
The game entitled Grimm: Dark Legacy is set to launch as an online-only, free-to-play title in mid-2016, and will take place several hundred years before the TV show’s contemporary setting, challenging players to survive as a Grimm ancestor in the Old World. The title is licensed by Universal Partnerships & Licensing and is currently under development by Norwegian developer Artplant, creator of the hit title Battlestar Galactica Online. What’s rather interesting with this development is that decision to take the ‘Old Republic’ route, and moved the game totally away from the TV show timeline. This gives Artplant way more freedom than they’d have if they had to follow the tv show’s story. Also, if you’ve not taken a look at Artplant’s Battlestar Galactica Online, it’s well worth checking out and also free-to-play, so I’m very keen to see what they do with Grimm.
Played exclusively online, Grimm: Dark Legacy will draw heavily upon the rich heritage of the TV series, fusing together tactical survival combat, exploration, mission-based gameplay and co-operative multiplayer experiences. The game will encourage players to explore the expansive Old World while completing different types of missions to win rewards, transform themselves and their equipment and become formidable Grimm hunters. Combat will also be integral to the gameplay with gamers having to fend off ferocious ‘Wesen’ attacks by equipping a wide variety of weapons similar to the ones that Nick wields in the series.
For more information visit www.grimmdarklegacy.com