EA has announced that development is underway to bring Hasbro's legendary G.I. JOE brand to Wii and DS in summer 2009 to coincide with the theatrical release of the G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA live-action movie from Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment, in association with Hasbro, which opens in US cinemas on 7th August, 2009. EA will unveil a "first look" of the G.I. JOE video game at Hasbro's Showroom at Toy Fair on February 15-17, 2009 in New York City.
"As Hasbro and Paramount Pictures reignite the G.I. JOE property this year with an all-new toy line and film, EA is excited to play a major role in bringing this icon of pop culture history to a new generation of enthusiasts through interactive gaming. G.I. JOE offers exceptionally rich storylines and a cast of characters that lends itself incredibly well to creating an over-the-top action adventure video game that will thrill gamers as well as G.I. JOE fans."
- Chip Lange, General Manager and Vice President of EA Hasbro.
"G.I. JOE has been an icon of action for 45 years. EA has tapped the legacy of the G.I. JOE vs. COBRA saga to create an amazing interactive experience inspired by the movie, comic books, animated series and iconography that we hope will resonate with millions of fans."
- Mark Blecher, General Manager of Digital Gaming and Media at Hasbro.
The G.I. JOE game will feature an exclusive storyline that picks up where the live-action movie leaves off, allowing players to re-create and re-live the greatest moments from the film, cartoon series and action figure toy line. The game will feature 12 G.I. JOE characters, each with unique abilities and weapons. Adding to the action will be a single-screen co-op mode allowing two players to easily unite as a team in a classic struggle between good and evil as they work together to defeat the powers of the COBRA organisation.
Should this have been left in the past, or are you pleased it is being resurrected like Transformers was?