300 Director to make games with EA

Written by Joe Martin

September 30, 2008 | 12:08

Tags: #300 #watchmen

Companies: #ea

In a move similar to the deal between Steven Spielberg and Electronic Arts, Zack Snyder has announced a three game deal with EA which will see the director of 300 and Watchmen teaming up to work on three new videogame IPs.

Previously, EA had announced a similar arrangement with Steven Spielberg which has so far resulted in the release of the hugely enjoyable Boom Blox, as well as two other unannounced titles.

According to Snyder's deal, he will lead the creative direction of the three games while working with the production team at EA Los Angeles. Snyder will also use his production company, Cruel & Unusual Films, to produce games based on the movies - which means we probably won't be seeing some more casual puzzle games coming out of the partnership.

The move marks the first attempt by Snyder to get involved in videogame development as, although he is currently working on the film adaptation of Alan Moore's Watchmen he is not associated with the episodic series of action games that will tie in to the film. Instead, the Watchmen games will be developed by Deadline Games and published next year by Warner Bros.

The deal is apparently so new and fresh though that Snyder and EA haven't yet even begun to plan out what type of games will be developed, though based on Snyder's track record we're betting it'll be something brutal, stylised and with plenty of political sub-texts and zombies. Yum!

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