Wheel of Time Books Becoming Game, MMO

By Blake Ellison, Nov 12, 2008 10:42am PST A series of games, including an MMO, will be made from the Wheel of Time book series by the late author Robert Jordan.

Red Eagle Entertainment, a California production company which holds the film, TV and video game rights to the series, has opened a subsidiary, Red Eagle Games to produce games that tie in to upcoming Wheel of Time movies, reports VentureBeat.

"We expect to have a game based on every movie, and we expect no less than three movies, though that depends on how well each does," said Red Eagle co-founder Rick Selvage.

Aside from the movie tie-ins, Red Eagle also plans to develop an MMO set in Wheel of Time's fantasy universe.

According to the report, the company intends to release Wheel of Time games on "all major platforms: the consoles, personal computers, handhelds and wireless devices." It would not be the first Wheel of Time game released, as a 1999 PC Wheel of Time title was released by Legend.

Red Eagle will develop the games in-house, but the company currently lacks developers. Selvage and co-founder Larry Mondragon, both former IBM executives, have "identified key game developers" and plan to start hiring "in the coming months."

"We want to hire the rock stars," Selvage offered.

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  • The very nature of the press release smacks of an entity that doesn't really know or understand games, but is trying to drum up investor money. "the consoles, personal computers, handhelds and wireless devices." I'm not even sure if they understand what that entails. Are there wireless devices that are not consoles, PCs, or things you hold in your hand? I guess that ear thing you see people wearing when they are thinking they're really awesome. Also, Lobot.

    They don't have any developers but they want to somehow make people believe they will make a broad array of games as well as an MMO. I don't know if they know what MMO means, aside from "Money Money Omg!"

    They should also realize that pitching a game as a movie tie-in isn't exactly a big plus to anyone but the most calculating publisher-side accountant. I don't know too many developers who would just jump at the chance to work on a movie game.




  • According to the report, the company intends to release Wheel of Time games on "all major platforms: the consoles, personal computers, handhelds and wireless devices."

    Why does that remind me so much of this:
    COURIC: And when it comes to establishing your world view, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this — to stay informed and to understand the world?

    PALIN: I’ve read most of them again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media —

    COURIC: But what ones specifically? I’m curious.

    PALIN: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years.