Reality Pump have today revealed that their creating the official movie tie-in videogame for Iron Sky, a rather…uh, odd independent film that was released earlier this year. Iron Sky, described in the press release as, “dark, comedic, science-fiction film”, was about Nazis who had set up a base on the moon and were now coming back to invade the Earth. The official game, titled Iron Sky: Invasion, will apparently put you in the pilot’s seat of a spacecraft tasked with defending the Earth from the Nazi moon army hurtling towards you.
According to the press release players will have at their disposal a variety of top-secret, experimental spacecraft with which to tackle the invading Nazis. There is also apparently a heavy political element to the game: “everything, even defending your planet from “luna-r-tic” villains, requires skillful political maneuvers. You will need to know who you are fighting for, whose boots you are stepping on, and choose your friends, or more importantly, enemies carefully.”
“We wanted to create a space simulation game blending political and tactical components, with the added absurdity of Moon Nazi humor”, says developer, Miroslav Dymek. “We wanted to bring back Space fighter-style gameplay, and knew from the very beginning the world of Iron Sky would be a perfect match.”
Powered by the Grace2 engine the game will, according to Topware, be able to render hundreds of ships in beautiful detail at a time, allowing for some epic space battles to take place. On top of that they’re claiming advanced destruction technology and sophisticated AI that will ensure some hard fighting.
Reality Pump, who also created Two Worlds II, are also working closely with the filmmakers of Iron Sky to ensure that the story and graphical style of the movie tie-in well with the official game. Jussi Lehtiniemi from Troll VFX, CG, the company responsible for all the visual effects of Iron Sky, has taken models of the various spacecraft straight from the film as well as creating new models for the game.
“I’ve always known that Iron Sky needed a proper video game around the franchise, one where the whole complexity of the world of Iron Sky could be examined,” says director Timo Vuorensola, who admits being an avid gamer himself. “I’m happy to announce Reality Pump’s involvement, as the world of Iron Sky – one we’ve cherished and nurtured for years – is now in the capable hands of an experienced, quality-driven game studio.”
Still not sold? Well, here’s what Reality Pump’s site lists as the games features:
- Avant-garde gameplay – space flight and combat simulation with elements of RTS
- Unique game structure: with no division into single missions, “Iron Sky: Invasion” is one giant, open-world battle
- Non-stop action full of ship-to-ship dogfights and epic assaults on giant space Zeppelins
- Numerous enemy ship classes, from the mighty Valkyrie to the fearsome Götterdämmerung
- Diverse classes of ships which players can control, from space fighters to heavy bombers
- Multiple weapons, just like in the film: lasers, missiles and drones are just some examples of the vast arsenal at the players’ disposal
- Resource management: players can scavenge parts from destroyed spaceships, collecting precious elements for enhancements
- Energy management: players can transfer the ship’s power between engines, shields and weapons, depending on the needs of the moment
- Lots of upgrades: home station docking opens a user-friendly game economy, allowing players to access hundreds of ship upgrades
- Breathtaking 3-D universe filled with awe-inspiring effects to match those of the film, courtesy of the powerful GRACE2™ engine
Well, of all the announcements that could have been made this month, this is arguably the one I was expecting least. You can expect to see the game released in November of this year on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Until then, feel free to go and actually watch Iron Sky – It’s good, in a wierd sort of way.