Mad Max not a movie tie-in, says Avalanche game designer

A Mad Max game is coming, but it's not going to be related to any of the movies, because of Avalanche's radical position that movie tie-ins are pretty terrible.

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A Mad Max game is in development, but don't call it a movie tie-in. Developer Avalanche Studios is making it clear that their upcoming game, based on the long-standing franchise, is not tied to any of the films, particularly the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road.

"It is a standalone experience," sernior game designer Emil Kraftling told Joystiq. "From the get go that's how we wanted it, because movie tie-in games tend to be quite bad, and we really want to be wary of heading there. We wanted to create the game with a game experience as the primary focus, and we want core gamers to be able to enjoy this game. We want to enjoy the game ourselves. We want to make a game that we want to play."

Mad Max is Avalanche's first game since 2011's Renegade Ops and is coming to PC, Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, and PS3.

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    August 22, 2013 5:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Mad Max not a movie tie-in, says Avalanche game designer.

    A Mad Max game is coming, but it's not going to be related to any of the movies, because of Avalanche's radical position that movie tie-ins are pretty terrible.

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      August 22, 2013 5:34 PM

      Lol, OK then.

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      August 22, 2013 5:38 PM

      As long as it's tied to the Just Cause engine and I can run over ppl in ass-less chaps, I'll pay whatever they ask.

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      August 23, 2013 2:10 AM

      Oh, so it's based on the original Mad Max novels by.......oh wait.....

      If they're calling it Mad Max, it's tied in to the movies. Otherwise they may as well just call it something else entirely. If you're going to adopt a known brand name to sell your game, it's naturally expected that you maintain a degree of fidelity to that franchise. So far, they've already basically said it won't be set in the Australian outback and they only agreed to have an Aussie voice actor after fan outcry.

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        August 23, 2013 3:49 AM

        They're only saying their game isn't a prologue and does not continue the story of the movies either. It's a new story within the "Mad Max universe".

        A tie-in would be, if they'd try to turn stuff from the movies into a game.