Whats the Next Movie Studio to Publish Video Games

first_img If you’re the child of a billionaire, there’s strong chance you won’t end up a good person. It’s the American way, especially these days. But if you’re Megan Ellison, daughter of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, you defy that trend and use your privilege to fund cool and artsy indie movies. Thanks to Annapurna Pictures we have fantastic films like The Master, Zero Dark Thirty, Spring Breakers, Everybody Wants Some!!, and Sausage Party. Not content with elevating cinemas, the production company is now taking on video games.Earlier this month we learned that Annapurna Pictures is working to publish indie video games starting next Spring. Annapurna games include What Remains of Edith Finch, the new puzzle game from The Unfinished Swan creators Giant Sparrow, and Gorogoa, a story-heavy puzzle game from Jason Roberts. Annapurna is also working with the makers of quirky yet lovely cult hits like Katamari Damacy and Monument Valley. The Annapurna games team includes folks who’ve worked on Mortal Kombat, Fat Princess, and perhaps most tellingly, ethereal art games from Thatgamecompany like Journey and Flower.“We want to empower artists across this medium to make Annapurna Interactive their home,” said Ellison in a statement. This got us thinking. What’s the next studio primarily associated with movies to make the leap to game publishing? Games are already trying so hard to be like movies, and vice versa, so this seems like a pretty sweet, and lucrative, deal for everyone.There’s already precedent for this. After the success of The Walking Dead Telltale series, Robert Kirkman’s production company Skybound helped publish Oxenfree, another narrative-focused horror adventure game.Along with its subversive cartoons, Adult Swim has quietly become a powerful force in the indie game market. In addition to publishing promising games based on their own material like Rick and Morty, they’ve also helped bring out small but great games like the hilarious and provocative Jazzpunk or upcoming food fighter Battle Chef Brigade.And for better or worse, with games like Batman: Arkham Knight, Injustice, the Lego games, Shadow of Mordor, and more, Warner Bros. can now add “full-fledged AAA publisher” on its resume next to “Superman murderer.”So it’s only a matter of time before more movie studios make video games a part of their business, especially the big studios like Universal and Legendary Entertainment. They can’t all be Disney and decide that games aren’t worth the trouble. But the mind races thinking about the unique flavor some of these smaller production companies could add to games that no one else could.Imagine Adam McKay and Gary Sanchez Productions applying the comedy stylings of Anchorman and Step Brothers to a game. If OWN made video games, Oprah could find yet another medium to conquer. The ending of Inception was already a video game, so Christopher Nolan and Syncopy should just make the real thing already. What if Laika used the Donkey Kong Country technique and scanned in their intricate puppets of Kubo and the Two Strings as sprites for a game? Brad Pitt seems like a dude who plays games. Let him and Plan B try to make one. A24 has collaborated with Annapurna on movies; they should collaborate on games as well.Those are just Western studios. I’d love to see Bollywood studios take a crack at video games. They’d be the most dramatic rhythm games of all time!At the very least, movie studios trying to make video games sounds more promising than video game studios trying to make video games. I still die a little on the inside whenever I see the Ubisoft logo pop up in movie theaters before the Assassin’s Creed trailer. Give me an Amblin or Marv Films or 40 Acres and a Mule logo on my console instead. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on targetlast_img

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