Behold: "Sharknado" the Video Game Is Coming
Brace yourself: "Sharknado" the video game is on its way, just in time for "Sharknado 2: The Second One's" premiere on SyFy later this month.
The concept behind "Sharknado" is simple, but awesome: It's a shark tornado. It was a wildly popular TV movie on SyFy Channel last summer, starring Ian Ziering and Tara Reid.
Now, it's becoming a whole franchise with a video game and a sequel on the way, both premiering later this month.
"It's instantly accessible to anyone young or old," Syfy VP Jeff Li said. "I don't care what your cultural background is, you don't even have to follow the story. You don't have to read the book. It's 'Sharknado' and you're both excited and terrified."
We definitely are. "Sharknado 2: The Second One" brings the flying chompers to New York City this time around, but you better believe Ian Ziering will be ready to fight 'em with his trusty chainsaw. The sequel premieres on July 30th on SyFy, along with a video game based on its NYC disaster.
After "Sharknado" became a phenomenon last summer, SyFy and Asylum, the movie's L.A. based producer, started looking into turning the movie into a video game. One problem? They didn't have the two years a company would need to develop a complex game for multiple gaming consoles.
Instead, SyFy and Asylum asked Majesco Entertainment and Other Ocean to license and develop the game as a casual infinite or endless runner. That means you'll always be fighting those pesky NYC sharks as Finn (Ziering), armed with a sword.
"When Majesco approached us about making a Sharknado game, we said ‘yes’ before they’d even finished asking,” said Other Ocean designer Frank Cifaldi. "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."
The game will be available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod after the premiere of "Sharknado 2: The Second One." So will lots of Sharknado merchandise. A third movie is also planned, along with a full-fledged game if the casual mobile game does well.
"We want to establish 'Sharknado' as a transmedia property, so you will want to enjoy the experience on or off the television screen and interact with it," Li said. "Videogaming is a perfect medium to extend the franchise."
Watch the trailer for "Sharknado 2: The Second One" below. Are you excited for the sequel and the video game?
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