If people want more of Sharknado, you give them more Sharknado. That is clearly what SyFy, a cable and satellite TV channel owned by NBC Universal, has been doing in the past weeks. Earlier this week, a spinoff game called Sharknado: The Video Game has been confirmed to land on all iOS devices later this month.
Sharknado: The Video Game is based on the phenomenal B-rated TV movie ?Sharknado? by SyFy which first made waves last year. Due to its success, a sequel has been planned to be shown on July 30 and this iOS game is intended to coincide with the movie?s release ? apparently a move to capitalize on the popularity of the movie, given that other Sharknado-branded merchandise have also been made available.
This upcoming spinoff is an endless running game that involves players running through the shark-infested streets of New York City. It boasts a handful of gameplay features including surfing through flooded roads to steer clear of hammerheads, the option to use tiger sharks as springboards to reach elevated platforms, and the ability to jump right into Sharknado itself and use a chainsaw to attack it from within.
SyFy VP Jeff Li said “Our one quest was to get a game out before or at the time of the second movie. We did not give the game developer a lot of time. Usually they want more than a year but here we said we?ve got to get a quality game out so it can ride the Sharknado 2 wave.”
So the main challenge here is to build a quality game that can be distributed fast enough.
SyFy has chosen New Jersey-based Majesco Entertainment to rise up to the challenge. The company is known for publishing games such as Zumba, BloodRayne, and in this case, the aptly named Jaws Unleashed. Majesco brought in Canadian developer Other Ocean to build Sharknado: The Video Game. Other Ocean has the popular games Dark Void Zero and Ultimate Mortal Kombat on its belt.
Frank Cifaldi, an Other Ocean designer, has this to say about the Sharknado deal: ?When Majesco approached us about making a Sharknado game, we said ?yes? before they?d even finished asking. The game we came up with is very much in the spirit of the films: ridiculous, overblown, yet oddly sincere. We can?t wait for fans to sink their teeth into it.?
SyFy and Majesco are still in discussion whether to offer this game for free or not. As mentioned, Sharknado: The Video Game is set to launch near the end of July to coincide with Sharknado 2, a movie sequel starring Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, Andy Dick, Vivica Fox, and Billy Ray Cyrus.
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