News: First a book, then a movie, now a whole ton of games on almost every platform.
VU Games announced today that they will be publishing Eragon for the Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, DS, GBA and PC alongside the movie this November.
The runaway bestseller, which has been called the next Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, is being turned into a movie starring Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich and Robert Carlyle. With so many different versions of the game being prepared, VU Games has plans to make each game a different experience.
The console and PC version will be a fantasy action game in the vein of, you guessed it, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. VU says: "Eragon immerses the player in a magical world of dragons, destiny and adventure. Gamers will engage in intense battles with an unparalleled combo and magic-based combat system, including stunning finishing moves, multiple grapples and degradable blocks with unique counter attacks. The adventure is heightened with breathless dragon flight-based combat and devastating dragon summon attacks. Fantasy fans can also share the adventure with 2 player co-op featuring team attack bonuses and dragon fight/flight combo gameplay."
The GBA game will be a traditional turn-based RPG set in the Eragon universe. The DS version exapnds on that by becoming a "combat RPG" with spell casting performed on the touch screen and a "dual screened Attack Mode."
Finally, the PSP version will be a straight up aerial shooter with "four person multiplayer in seven different arenas with 12 unlockable arena game types".
Elie Dekel, Executive Vice President Licensing & Merchandising for 20th Century Fox added, "VU Games has done a wonderful job adapting many of our top films to the interactive format. Eragon has proven to be the best example to date of what can happen when true collaboration comes to fruition. Movie-goers are going to be hugely impressed with the film, and gamers will be blown away by this state-of-the-art video game."
Every version of Eragon (except for the PSP version) will be shown at E3.