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EA wants to make Macbeth: The Game

EA wants to make Macbeth: The Game

Visceral Games' Jonathan Knight is apparently keen to start work on a new game adaptation of Macbeth.

EA's Visceral Games studio, who are about to release Dante's Inferno and who previously created Dead Space, may already eyeing up a new franchise that they can adapt into a videogame - namely, Macbeth.

Visceral Games' executive producer Jonathan Knight claims that he's been thinking about how to adapt the The Scottish Play into a game for a long time and that, now Dante's Inferno is readying for release he may finally be able to get started on it.

"Macbeth the game is something I've been thinking about for years," Knight told IndustryGamers. "But now, I think the emotional quality that games are achieving and the value level of the acting and the sound work makes it possible."

Knight admits that Macbeth: The Game may need a bit of tweaking, but says he's confident the franchise could be faithfully turned into an exciting videogame thanks to the abundance of "witches and a supernatural experience along with plenty of intrigue and murder."

Surprisingly, Knight isn't the only developer eyeing up Macbeth for a game adaptation though. Fashion designer turned game designer Marc Ecko has been trying to get a "re-imagined version" of Macbeth off the ground for a while, says Destructoid.

Visceral Games is unlikely to get around to a Macbeth game for a while as the team is already working hard on Dead Space 2. The studio is also rumoured to be working on a Jack the Ripper game, simply titled as 'Ripper'.

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Flibblebot 3rd February 2010, 11:21 Quote
Oh God, nooooooo!

Macbeth isn't really about the killing, nor is about the witches or the supernatural (?). It's about a manipulative wife who will do anything to get into power and about the guilt of the husband who realises what he's done to appease his wife.

It doesn't really translate that well into another God of War clone.
Hiren 3rd February 2010, 11:22 Quote
Cool, Shakespeare hasn't really been tapped into in the video game adaptation market.
Gunsmith 3rd February 2010, 11:34 Quote
Romeo and Juliet with AK-47's

/snigger
mi1ez 3rd February 2010, 11:37 Quote
Fired.
Xir 3rd February 2010, 11:37 Quote
...let's see how Dante's Inferno shapes up
CardJoe 3rd February 2010, 11:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
...let's see how Dante's Inferno shapes up

You'll see our opinion later today. 6PM later, when the silly embargo breaks.
azrael- 3rd February 2010, 11:46 Quote
Story by Willy Shakesbeer? I surely hope this stays "a dagger of the mind" (emphasis on mind) otherwise it'll be "bubble bubble toil and trouble".

Sorry, couldn't resist. :)
Aterius Gmork 3rd February 2010, 12:13 Quote
Macbeth is as much about killing as the Divine Comedy is about beating up demons. It's a bit disrespectful towards the authors, but both are long dead. Who cares if the game is fun? The only thing that bugs me is that there will be people who think that they know all about the respective originals when they've played the game.

edit: lol, silver...
Silver51 3rd February 2010, 12:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
Romeo and Juliet with AK-47's

/snigger


"Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, now eat hot lead till it be morrow."

Yeah, that might work.
smc8788 3rd February 2010, 12:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Flibblebot
Macbeth isn't really about the killing, nor is about the witches or the supernatural (?). It's about a manipulative wife who will do anything to get into power and about the guilt of the husband who realises what he's done to appease his wife.

Thanks for reminding me what made GCSE English less enjoyable than a kick in the crotch.
MacWalka 3rd February 2010, 13:42 Quote
MacBeth was one of the few plays or books I did at school that I really enjoyed. Along with Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird.

The Romeo and Juliet with AK47s been done, ever seen the one with Leo DiCaprio and Claire Danes? Has golden handguns and hawaiian shirts. Its actually not a bad film, would have been better if they had used more thespian actors in it rather than rubbish American teen heart throbs.
Elton 3rd February 2010, 13:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by MacWalka
MacBeth was one of the few plays or books I did at school that I really enjoyed. Along with Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird.

The Romeo and Juliet with AK47s been done, ever seen the one with Leo DiCaprio and Claire Danes? Has golden handguns and hawaiian shirts. Its actually not a bad film, would have been better if they had used more thespian actors in it rather than rubbish American teen heart throbs.

This is very true, it's one of those films that you don't get until you re-watch it and then understand it.

Loved the gas station scene.
MacWalka 3rd February 2010, 13:57 Quote
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This is very true, it's one of those films that you don't get until you re-watch it and then understand it.

Loved the gas station scene.

That the bit at the start with Romeo's cousins?

I thought it was brilliant. Haven't seen it in years.

When you first watch it, you think it's a really poor version of Romeo and Juliet but when you get into it, you realise its pretty damn spiffy.

Its obviously aimed at getting american teenagers into Shakespeare and literature but I think it stands alone as a pretty decent version.

I've seen a few modern reworkings of Shakespeare over the years but one of the best was an ITV production of Othello where Othello was a black Met police chief in London.
Redbeaver 3rd February 2010, 14:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
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Originally Posted by Xir
...let's see how Dante's Inferno shapes up

You'll see our opinion later today. 6PM later, when the silly embargo breaks.

eh? i thought its out already? at least for xbox360......
SMIFFYDUDE 3rd February 2010, 22:59 Quote
I've never heared Shakespears' work referred to as a franchise.
thehippoz 4th February 2010, 00:11 Quote
wonder if they've read any of poe's work
Xir 4th February 2010, 09:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by thehippoz
wonder if they've read any of poe's work

Cthulu - The Game
Flibblebot 4th February 2010, 09:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by thehippoz
wonder if they've read any of poe's work
Cthulu - The Game
erm...that would be Lovecraft :p
And I'm fairly sure they did a Cthulhu game already...
azrael- 4th February 2010, 10:26 Quote
Several, actually. Off the top of my head I can remember Shadow of the Comet, Prisoner of Ice and Dark Corners of the Earth.

Well, technically these are games based on Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu RPG, which in turn is based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, but "a rose by any other name"... :)
CardJoe 4th February 2010, 14:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by thehippoz
wonder if they've read any of poe's work

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Eye_(video_game)
Xir 5th February 2010, 11:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Flibblebot
erm...that would be Lovecraft :p
And I'm fairly sure they did a Cthulhu game already...

*bows and takes hat off*

Sorry, my mistake ;)
Cyberpower-UK 5th February 2010, 12:19 Quote
People would complain that it's only four hours long!
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