Reef Entertainment, which already has a new video game in the works based on the “Rambo” films (see gameplay footage below), has now locked down rights to another iconic ’80s property: “Terminator,” Variety reports.
The British gamemaker has acquired the exclusive licensing rights to make console games based on The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Only the rights to the sequel will allow a PC version, as well.
Deal was brokered with Studiocanal, which controls the rights to the Terminator films. Financial terms of the deal were not revealed.
New games will be released under the “Terminators: The Video Game” moniker (note the use of “Terminators” in the title).
“Here at Reef we are huge fans of (the) 1984 & 1991 sci-fi action master-pieces,” said a spokesperson in a statement. “It’s an incredible opportunity and an equally huge responsibility to create a game that does great justice to the motion pictures. We are studying all aspects and influences of the Terminator universe defined in ‘Terminator’ and ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day.’ We have started on our journey and are drawing on all the diverse materials available to produce a high quality, authentic and exciting ‘Terminator’ video game.”
Various publishers have produced games based on the franchise over the years for consoles and arcades, even pinball versions, from Bethesda Softworks, Virgin Games, LJN and Nintendo.
Bethesda’s DOS-based “The Terminator” was the first officially licensed game relased in 1990, and followed that up with a side-scrolling game in 1992.
New game deal comes as Paramount is set to reboot Terminator with Arnold Schwarzenegger set to return as the cyborg. David Ellison’s Skydance Prods and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures are financing the film, dated for a June 26, 2015 release.
Reef will release “Rambo: The Video Game” in the winter.