Activision Blizzard doesn’t rule out the possibility of the game eventually getting a cinematic adaptation.
The company’s consumer products vice president, Tim Kilpin, was interviewed by MCV, where he said the following: „We would like [an Overwatch movie] very much. These franchises exist across multiple platforms, so it’s not just the game as a driver, but it’s [movies and TV] as a way to expand the audience and expand the opportunity, and then esports too, because pull all that together and you’re talking about franchises that are frankly like no other.”
Kilpin’s train of thought is understandable: he formerly worked at Disney and Mattel! At Disney, he was the vice president of franchise management for Pixar, Disney Princess, and Mickey Mouse, so he has to know what he is talking about, when it comes to making an Overwatch movie… but until then, he’s trying to get a live-action Call of Duty movie getting made!
„Anytime you take a franchise as storied as [Call of Duty] and expand it into a new form factor you have to be careful. So frankly, if the script and the story aren’t right we won’t do it. It’s not one of those situations where someone is saying ‘I don’t care, just get it made!’ That’s not what’s happening. We do think that if it’s done well, it has the opportunity to expand the base audience, beyond the traditional foundation that the game appeals to,” he said.
Meanwhile, Overwatch is getting a free weekend: starting from November 17, 11 AM PST until November 20 11:59 PM PST, the entire game will be available to play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC without buying it – you’ll need a PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription (or a Battle.net account on PC) to play, though…
Source: MCV, Bizjournals, DualShockers
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