Terminator Owner Opens Game Studio
LA-based The Halcyon Company, which owns the rights to the Terminator franchise, has opened its own development studio and is hard at work on a new game based on the sci-fi series.
A new Terminator game, which has been in development for several months, will be released in summer 2009 for consoles, PC and mobile platforms, in line with the latest movie in the series, Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Halcyon Company, which acquired the rights to the Terminator franchise in May, opted to form its own game division in order to maintain the “creative control” required to publish “a top-tier videogame that will satisfy the needs of the marketplace”.
Halcyon co-CEOs Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson will become co-chairmen of the gaming division, while former Disney and Bellrock Media exec Peter Levin is to be acting CEO. Cos Lazouras, formerly with Vin Diesel’s game production house Tigon Studios, is joining Levin as vice president of production.
"We don’t want the game to be the stepchild to the film," Anderson said. "They’re of equal importance, and we want both to be of the same quality and be the same compelling experience."
Halcyon expects to develop other titles too, having secured the first-look rights to the works of science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. In time, it will also look at creating its own original IP.