Every once in a while, we hear about a new game that sounds like it could be something new to gaming in general. Well, I have a new game coming that will focus on Charlie Chaplin and it might change some things. In addition to being an interesting choice for a video game, it holds the ability to show that there are more possibilities in the future for video games. So, let’s get to and see what the future of gaming might look like. This was originally found in an article from CBC.
What is the game?
The game does not currently hold a title, but we know it will be about Charlie Chaplin. It is being developed by Charlie Chaplin expert Yves Durand who has worked on multiple projects related to the actor. Durand had previously worked with Chaplin’s children at the Charlie Chaplin Museum and had formed a good relationship with them. So, when Durand got the idea for a Charlie Chaplin video game, they knew where to pitch it. Of course, a game requires more than one person, and Durand partnered with Robert Young, head of B Df’rent Games.
What is the game about?
We don’t know what the game will focus on, but we know that Chaplin’s family did have some requirements. The first was that the game could not be violent as they felt that went against the idea of Chaplin’s films. The second was that the game could not be focused on sex. This left the developers with the mandate of making a game with a story as the first focus.
Some games have been focused on a story before and excluded these two elements, and some have succeeded. It is still uncommon, and it is a bold and risky move in this world of triple-A games. Still, Chaplin has left behind an interesting and diverse collection of films to choose from for inspiration. The man’s life is also an interesting story unto itself, so it is not like there is not a short supply of ideas for the game.
That has been said. It could work, as Charlie Chaplin has a surprisingly large audience that the game could appeal to.
Why will this have such a large audience?
That is because Charlie Chaplin still has such a large audience even to this day. It’s not like it is an old audience either, as according to the article, many are teenagers and young adults. If that audience finds themselves interested in this game, it could very well have the built-in audience developers often dream of for their games.
Why does this present an opportunity for gaming in general?
I always like it when a game tries something new and tries to push the industry into a new direction. A game based around Charlie Chaplin may do just that; if it does, it can only be a good thing. Setups like this often encourage triple A companies to be a little more creative with their games to keep up, which is only a good thing for players.