'Peaky Blinders' VR video game confirmed for 2020
Rejoice, fans of Peaky Blinders all over the world! The series might one day come to an end, but thanks to this VR video game, you never have to say goodbye.
A planned Peaky Blinders video game has officially been given the thumbs-up to begin development, and if everything goes to plan, it'll all be ready to go in spring time next year, alongside a Peaky Blinders fifth season and a Peaky Blinders movie. I can't wait.
Here's the trailer for Peaky Blinders' most recent season:
Last month, the first real news about the game's release broke, with NME reporting that entertainment studio Maze Theory was partnering up with Endemol Shine Group, Peaky Blinders' distribution and production company, to make a virtual reality game.
Meanwhile, Forbes is saying that the game will use advanced AI to create a truly immersive Peaky Blinders experience, with a statement from Endemol Shine Group saying that characters will respond to your "gestures, movement, voice, sound and body language".
"They will literally be part of Peaky Blinders' world and be able to interact with characters in ways no-one can predict," added Russell Harding, executive producer at Maze Theory. "Fans of the cult show have been calling out for this type of experience and we’re honored to be giving it to them."
"I’m really excited by the prospect of Peaky Blinders entering new territory," said Steven Knight, who created the Peaky Blinders series.
Meanwhile, the British government’s business secretary, Greg Clarke said in a statement that the game would help to create highly skilled jobs, and would receive funding from the government, announcing that a sum of £4 million had been rewarded to the creators of Wallace and Gromit to build an immersive experience.
"Success stories like award-winning Wallace & Gromit and BAFTA-winning Peaky Blinders are part of the reason why our creative industries are truly world-leading – attracting audiences both here in the U.K. and internationally and helping create a sector already worth some £100 billion to our economy.
"This backing will also give our home-grown talent the opportunity to lead the way in creating and using virtual and augmented reality technologies, remain at the cutting edge and create thousands of highly-skilled jobs."
We don't know much about the actual plot of the game apart from that players will be asked to infiltrate a street gang and dive right into a covert mission. There, they'll get to visit iconic locations and talk to iconic characters (as well as completely new ones) from the show.