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KingOfKong
12-23-2005, 01:08 AM
'Kong' keeps swinging in video game


LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Ubisoft's "Peter Jackson's King Kong," the video game counterpart to Universal Pictures' version of the ape epic, has a secret alternative ending that makes a sequel possible.

Most gamers will have their experience end the way the movie does, with Kong dramatically gasping his last breath. For those with sufficient skills, however, the game can end with Capt. Englehorn and Ann Darrow circumnavigating Skull Island in a sea plane and getting a look at the majestic Kong atop his totemic cliff.

"Our goal is to build game franchises," Ubisoft president Yves Guillemot said. "With 'King Kong,' we have the rights to make more than one game."

Added Ubisoft vp marketing Tony Kee: "By building a game that people care about, we'll establish a game with integrity, and people will want to see a sequel. If we do a sequel, I think we'd be successful."

Until the alternate ending was unveiled, Ubisoft would have been in the same position as Universal Pictures, which would have meant any sequel would have to be a prequel or a "Son of King"-style remake. The new ending opens up many possibilities for future titles.

There are other features in the game that become available -- or get "unlocked," in gamer parlance -- when specific goals are achieved. Among these are several concept art galleries, interviews with director Peter Jackson and Academy Award winner and co-writer Phillipa Boyens, an "old movie" visual style filter and a theatrical trailer for the movie.

"I wanted the game to be able to take the audience a bit further than what the film could," Jackson said. "And the final climax of the game gave us an opportunity to do something that the film could not do, which was to have an alternate ending -- obviously, everybody pretty much knows how 'King Kong' ends."

Jackson was an active participant in the creation of the "King Kong" game, overseeing the development of the game from concept to final release. It was the director's idea to split up the gameplay and allow players to assume the role of Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody) from a first-person perspective as well as Kong from a third-person perspective. Jackson also ensured that the entire cast of the film was incorporated into the game with voice work and likenesses.

"Being able to collaborate closely together from Day 1 was of utmost importance, which is why we gave Ubisoft unlimited access to every creative aspect of our film production," Jackson said. "We really wanted the game and the film to be part of the same universe."

Ubisoft's "Peter Jackson's King Kong" game has received positive reviews from mainstream and gaming media, earning a cumulative score of more than 83% on GameRankings.com for its Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube and PC versions. This further opens the door to a second digital outing for "Kong," which potentially would give Jackson yet another opportunity to work with the giant ape.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Thisgamecouldbe
12-26-2005, 05:53 PM
Sweet!

Daroth_343
12-27-2005, 11:36 AM
Actually, the French public channel France 2 went to Ubisoft Montpellier, and they showed a wall with sketches for a sequel to King Kong:

http://jt.france2.fr/20h/index-fr.php?jt=0&start=1307

As for those comments from Ubisoft:


LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)
Added Ubisoft vp marketing Tony Kee: "By building a game that people care about, we'll establish a game with integrity, and people will want to see a sequel. If we do a sequel, I think we'd be successful."
Let's see, doesn't that logic apply to Beyond Good & Evil then? People do care about BG&E. People indeed want a sequel to BG&E. Yes we do think a sequel for BG&E would be successful... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif But judging from the comment from Yves Guillemot, it looks like we're going to get King Kong 2, King Kong 3, ...

piita1
01-24-2006, 09:52 AM
bg&e is real cool but king kongs is good 2 isnt it?

Taylor1989
01-26-2006, 09:59 PM
a videogame sequel would be cool. but I hope peter jackson won't be directing it.