Thor: The Video Game Coming in 2011 to Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, and DS

Today, Sega announced plans to release a full slate of games based on Marvel's Thor franchise in 2011. From their initial description it sounds like three distinct versions of Thor: The Video Game are in the works, each designed to suit their target platform. On Xbox 360 and PS3 the third-person adventure game will feature "melee combos, ranged hammer throws, tide-turning elemental powers, and an upgrade system to bolster Thor's powers as gamers progress," according to the release.

The Wii and PSP versions of the game will feature the same story as that of the Xbox 360 and PS3, but told in a comic book style. This version also gets different cinematics, story elements, dialog, locations, and flight levels. On the Wii, the combat system will take advantage of motion control for fighting and unleashing Thor's elemental powers. The DS gets a wholly different 2D side scrolling adventure.

No word was given as to the teams at work on the various versions of the game; however, Total War developer Creative Assembly announced yesterday on its website that Sega have okayed a new console game project with them. Another potential indicator of their involvement is that the announcement was co-branded for Sega North America and Europe. Creative Assembly calls West Sussex home. A quick look at Creative Assembly's job postings shows the company is also in the market for a lead designer experienced working on "third-person action titles."

Sega notes that lead Thor comic book author Matt Fraction is serving as story consultant, but did not specify if he would oversee all versions. Described in broad terms, the story draws on Norse mythology as Thor uses his legendary hammer Mjolnir and elemental powers to defend Asgard, capital city of the Gods. We'll have more, including first screens, as soon as possible.