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Friday, 26 October 2012
BBC's Merlin turned into a game - so, where's the comic?
Yes, yes, we know this is a British comics blog. But what's wrong with a little bit of a distraction when Merlin, the one BBC show crying out to be a comic is developed as a game? (We're still hoping someone develops a comic although, five seasons in, we suspect the show may reach a natural closure before so long).
Anyway: Merlin: The Game, the work of award-winning London-basedBossa Studios, is
now available to play in open beta via Facebook: a fun and beautifully crafted game that introduces casual gamers to a real-time, co-operative, role-playing
experience on the world’s most popular social network.
allows you and six of your best friends to fight off hordes of
monsters, complete quests and explore new exciting areas. As
you battle across Camelot and gain experience points, level up, you can also
customise your character with the skills you want to use.
through the game allows you to upgrade your equipment from the basic
clothing of the medieval age to shimmering suits of armour, or colourful
sorcerer’s robes; and be part of the story in the action adventure game that will always have new content for you to explore.
Bossa Studios say they have had a blast developing Merlin: The Game revealing, for lovers of such trivia that the most redesigned part of the game was Merlin's ears, the lyrics for The Knights of the Round Table from Monty Python and the Holy Grail were used as placeholder text during alpha stage; and, during the making of Merlin, the team consumed enough pizza to cover a tennis court.
From the visuals we've seen so far it looks great... so where, British publishers, is the comic?