Since the release of the very first mass-market home computers back in the 1980s, fans of cried out for a Doctor Who game and many of those that we have been given have been unfortunate missteps. While there have been successes – the family oriented gameplay of the free Adventure Games series, for instance – on the whole this is a concept area that has been poorly realised.
What we at Kasterborous have been calling out for over the years is a fully fledged PC game aimed at older Doctor Who fans (say 11 and above) that successfully marries the non-violence of the character with an unfolding adventure. While the BBC/Sumo Digital co-productions featuring the Daleks, Cybermen and Sontarans manage this, there is always something a lacking, something that is also conspicuous by its absence on the iOS device game Mazes of Time and the Nintendo Wii and DS Doctor Who titles.
Thanks to eagle-eyed souls at Doctor Who TV, we now know that there is something in the offing, with the ornate title of The Eternity Clock.
The game’s trailer was “accidentally” leaked onto YouTube yesterday by BBC Worldwide, only to be subsequently taken down again little later. While the clip is no longer available on YouTube, you can view it below – it looks very impressive, and features the voices of Matt Smith and Alex Kingston as the Doctor and River Song.
You should notice that the game is set to be available for a wide selection of platforms (curiously not Xbox 360) but as of yet we don’t know when it will be released.
News Just In…
This morning BBC Worldwide has confirmed the existence of The Eternity Clock, issuing a press release. The game is being developed by Supermassive Games (www.supermassivegames.com), an experienced group of Playstation and PC developers based in the UK who were a Develop Excellence Awards New Studio Finalist in 2011. This at least explains the lack of an Xbox 360 version of the game, although it flies in the face of PS3’s shrinking market share.
Robert Nashak, EVP of Digital Entertainment at BBC Worldwide said:
“We’re creating these new games for Playstation 3 and Vita with adaptations that will bring the wonder, adventure and madness of Doctor Who to each platform. Working with a top-tier UK development partner like Supermassive Games demonstrates BBC Worldwide’s commitment to create world-class Doctor Who games for fans of the show and gamers alike.”
It looks as though BBC Worldwide will be avoiding the bricks and mortar stores for this title, preferring to focus on digital distribution, something that has proved very successful with the Doctor Who: The Adventure Games series. Although we’re only finding out about the game this week, The Eternity Clock is apparently slated for release in early 2012 and features a brand new storyline written in collaboration with the BBC Wales team. Photo-real graphics, television quality scenes and highly realistic and motion capture in-game characters will bring the world of Doctor Who to life – sounds great so far!
What also sounds exciting is that there are two further console titles planned to follow this release.
For up-to-the-minute news on this game, follow @DoctorWhoTEC on Twitter.