'300' game gets PSP day-date

Category: 300 News | Posted by: admin
Article Date: April 19, 2006 | Publication: The Hollywood Reporter | Author: Chris Marlowe
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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment said that it will release "300: March to Glory" simultaneously next year with Warner Bros. Pictures' "300," marking the first time a PlayStation Portable game has been timed to the feature film on which it is based.

Developers Collision Studios worked to retain the movie's highly stylized design, which uses unique color treatments and integrates live-action photography with virtual environments.

"We are working with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to ensure '300: March to Glory' captures the look and action of the film while making it fun to play on the PSP system," Collision Studios executive producer Philippe Erwin said. "The source material allows for great freedom in making a game where the player can be strategic and heroic."

Director Zack Snyder used Frank Miller's graphic novel as source material for his retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C., during which King Leonidas and 300 Spartans fought to the death in order to keep the vastly superior Persian army, led by King Xerxes I, from invading Greece.

"The '300' film based on Frank Miller's graphic novel offers continual action and an intense story line that lends itself to be a striking video game," WBIE senior vp Jason Hall said.

In the game, players assume the role of King Leonidas and fight solo and in a phalanx alongside the Spartans.

"300" is a Warners presentation in association with Legendary Pictures and Virtual Studios. Produced by Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann and Jeffrey Silver, the movie stars Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Vincent Regan, Rodrigo Santoro and Dominic West. The executive producers are Miller, Deborah Snyder, Craig J. Flores, Thomas Tull, William Fay and Benjamin Waisbren.