There are no details released on the game but they note that it’s arriving with the release of the fourth season of Narcos. The deal was brokered by Evolution USA, hoping to cash in on both the show and the upcoming game.
Kuju Entertainment is handling the development responsibilities, and Brynley Gibson mentioned that they’re going to be focusing on creating a game that matches the story and grit of the television show, saying in the press release…
“We’re looking forward to creating a game that matches the fantastic storyline and gritty action of the Netflix series. We’re tremendously excited and have some amazing gameplay elements in the works that will please both fans of the show and gamers.”
To help setup the hype for upcoming game, they released a teaser trailer that literally shows nothing.
So if you’re into teaser trailers that don’t actually tease anything, you’re probably gushing with enthusiasm for this TV-based game that is due for release next year.
Now comes the fun part: if this game wasn’t already in development for two years, it’s going to be a fairly crappy cash-in game.
If it’s built on the Unreal Engine 4 and is just getting underway now or was underway a year ago, that means they effectively only had two years to develop the game. Now if it’s using a basic third-person shooter template then it might turn out like The Shield: The Game or something like Made Man.
If the game is going to be narrative based, like a Telltale title, then that might help cut down on costs, but I have no idea how they’re going to lure in gamers with a Telltale-style title unless it’s something super stylish. Otherwise, a cash-in adventure game with poor animations or shoddy voiceover work isn’t going to turn out too well. Then again, if they’ve been working on the game for more than two years and have some decent performance capture on file, then Narcos might turn out okay.
Kuju Entertainment’s last outing was back in 2017 and was a VR game — before that they’ve mostly worked on movie-based licensed properties for the last 16 years.
Of course, movie/TV-based games really haven’t been good since the 1990s, so don’t hold your breath.
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