A New King Kong Game Is On The Way
GameMill entertainment just announced they are creating a new King Kong video game.
GameMill Entertainment, a development studio credited with making the Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl game, just announced another gaming title centered on one of the largest characters in fiction—the legendary King Kong. The gigantic ape has been iterated countless times through various works of art, including books, games, movies, and, most recently, a television show.
The news regarding King Kong is fantastic because, according to ComicBook.com, the pillar of cinema has been missing from the video game entertainment medium for quite some time if we neglect his short appearance in Call of Duty: Warzone last year. In fact, there hasn’t been a single video game focusing entirely on the gigantic ape ever since Ubisoft released one in 2005. Admittedly, the period between the year 2000 and 2012-ish was a peculiar period for gaming, with developers tying their releases to major cinematic blockbusters, such as Ubisoft’s King Kong.
From what we know so far, GameMill hasn’t disclosed many details other than the fact that it’s producing the game as a multiplatform release—unlike the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI. Unfortunately, the exact genre of the game, its release platforms, or even its release window aren’t currently known, but the fact is that the game is being developed. Hopefully, the upcoming King Kong won’t fall into a deep, dark hole of development hell like many other recently announced titles, including the infamous Star Wars Eclipse—the last we heard, the game didn’t have a working engine.
Luckily, the gaming industry finally outgrew Hollywood, proving that it could offer equally entertaining and even more engaging games compared to films. As a result, recent years have seen a larger number of games being adapted into films instead of the other way around—some of them were actually quite decent, considering that the two industries share a lousy history. However, King Kong is one of those intellectual properties that demand a game adaptation that would put players in control of the giant ape.
Joe DeVito of DeVito Artworks, the company owning all the rights to Kong of Skull Island and everything associated with the Skull Island property and derivative works, expressed their excitement over working with GameMill Entertainment’s talented teams. In his statement, DeVito said that GameMill is supposed to provide fans and gamers with a chance to experience Kong’s primordial world. He also added that the company is expanding its King Kong licensing with other companies to create a VR experience, collectibles, comic books, and board games.
As stated above, the details surrounding the game are scarce, but if DeVito’s statement has weight, the game will be set on Skull Island, with players either playing as human explorers or as Kong himself. Playing as both is what made Ubisoft’s King Kong so popular, as the game allowed players to play as humans fighting monsters on Skull Island and then switch to Kong for collectible epic gear pieces. But that’s only one of the routes GameMill could take since there’s so much untapped potential regarding King Kong gaming opportunities that the possibilities are endless.