Mobile Apps For Primeval Spin-OffBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
Two apps have been produced to bring Primeval: New World to the mobile world.

The North American spin-off of the UK series Primeval is set in modern-day Vancouver and is co-produced by Omnifilm Entertainment.

Gabriela Schonbach, partner at Omnifilm Entertainment and executive producer of the series, said:
The audience for the Primeval: New World brand is very savvy and comfortable with technology. There are already dozens of fan sites popping up, and we're seeing strong buzz in social media. We are delighted to provide this very active fan base with unique new ways to interact with the dinosaurs and the characters across as many platforms as possible.

Primeval: dFX – Dino Movie Maker - out now - is said to be easy to use and ideal for a general audience, including people who don't consider themselves "gamers".

Users can select from a variety of dinosaurs featured in the TV series, record a video clip using their iPhone or iPad camera, and then the app quickly inserts the selected dinosaur into the video clip. All videos can be saved for montages, uploaded to popular social media channels, or e-mailed out to friends and family.

Primeval: New World, which is scheduled to launch on Thursday 22nd November, is described as being more of a traditional platform game.

Players choose which character from the series they want to control. The characters then embark on missions to defend the streets of Vancouver from dinosaur attacks, work to capture creatures, and rescue civilians. As players move up levels and enter into new environments they collect tokens and points to be redeemed for in-app purchases.

The apps were produced by Calgary-based Robots and Pencils.

Thirteen episodes were commissioned for the first series of the TV show, which is currently being broadcast on Canadian channel SPACE on Mondays at 10pm ET, having started on 29th October. A date for it to start on Watch in the UK has yet to be announced. It was originally believed it would be shown here at some point late this year but January 2013 now looks likely to be the series' UK premiere month.

Bill Lundy, senior producer of digital at SPACE, said:
Primeval: New World has the richest and most diverse collection of online and mobile content we have ever launched for a SPACE original series. Not only are we offering our viewers an exciting and engaging website with unique user-generated content, we are also providing them with mobile app game experiences. The cross-promotion of the television series through these different media is a perfect fit for our engaged audience.
  • The first eight episodes of Primeval: New World will be shown in a marathon broadcast on SPACE on Friday 28th December beginning at 6am ET.




Merlin Facebook Game On Its WayBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
merlA real-time game based on the BBC One series Merlin is to be launched on Facebook.

Developed by Bossa Studios, which is owned by the parent firm of Merlin production company Shine TV, it will let gamers team up to complete quests and fight evil.

Imre Jele, Bossa co-founder and creator-in-chief, said:
We have carefully crafted the game to capture the very essence of the world's most famous sorcerer. Players can explore magical lands while adventuring alongside trusty allies in the Crystal Cave, knocking out ferocious Wilddeoren rats, or uniting with one of their favourite characters like Merlin or Arthur.
A company statement added:
Being huge fans of the awesome Merlin TV show, the opportunity to bring the enchanting legend of Merlin and Arthur of Camelot to life in a brand-new real-time game has had us spellbound for months.

When creating our latest adventure, we wanted to capture as much detail from the world of Camelot as possible and give players a truly immersive and co-operative experience. It's certainly been a lot of fun so far.

We’re absolutely thrilled at how it's all coming together and cannot wait for you guys to be able to fight the dark forces of Camelot shoulder-to-shoulder.
A behind-the-scenes developer video can be seen here.

A closed-beta trial of the game will be launched at Comic-Con International next month. In the meantime, people can sign up for it here. Merlin The Game will be launched publicly in the autumn when the show returns to UK screens for its fifth series, comprising 13 episodes.







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