Thursday 16th October/... Writers’ Guild Award-nominee Rhianna Pratchett has been signed as scriptwriter for Overlord™II , the sequel to the hit twisted fantasy adventure from Triumph Studios, and both series extensions– Overlord™Dark Legend and Overlord™Minions – coming 2009, publisher Codemasters® announced today.
The announcement sees Pratchett continuing her role as writer and narrative designer for the delightfully despotic series and follows her nomination for Best Videogame Script for her work on the original Overlord game in the Writers’ Guild Awards 2008. In addition to videogames, the prestigious Writers’ Guild Awards recognises the best in British writing talent across TV and radio drama, soap, comedy, theatre and movie screenplay categories. The awards will be held at BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) on Sunday 23rd November 2008 in London.
“For a relatively new entertainment medium, it’s a sign of great progress that the industry is being recognised by the Writers’ Guild in this way. Writing for games is part alchemy, part narrative woodwork and part swimming in shark infested waters wearing ham pants, so it’s a real honour to be nominated for Overlord . The Overlord titles are fantastic creative projects and Triumph and Codemasters make a talented and supportive team who keep some of those sharks at bay,” said Rhianna Pratchett.“It’s a real pleasure to be back in the evil writing seat and taking the Overlord and the Minions to new lands and new adventures for the 2009 titles.”
“Congratulations to Rhianna on her well-deserved nomination for Best Videogame Script,” said Lennart Sas, director and Overlord lead at Triumph Studios.“A huge part of Overlord ’s popularity stems from its tongue-in-cheek, often dark humour and Rhianna’s dialogue provides the perfect fit to the gameplay. Rhianna understands that writing for games is different than writing for movies, which puts her above some of the Hollywood writing talent that have lent their names to games previously. We’re delighted to have her on board again to work across on the next instalment of the Overlord’s adventures.”
Coming 2009, all new titles in the Overlord series include Overlord II for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft® and Games For Windows®, Overlord Dark Legend for Wii™ and Overlord Minions for Nintendo DS™. Prepare to face the Glorious Empire in Overlord II and the rather grim fairy tales of Overlord Dark Legend and Overlord Minions when the manic horde and awesome authoritarian returns in 2009.
ABOUT THE OVERLORD TITLES FOR 2009:
• Overlord™II is the sequel to the hit warped fantasy action adventure where evil is enlightening and tyranny is a treat. Featuring a new Overlord and a more powerful army of Minions, players take on the might of the Glorious Empire, inspired by the Roman Empire. This epic foe is determined to conquer kingdoms and destroy any sign of magic it finds, so it’s time to go Minion Maximus and unleash the horde. Overlord II is now in development at Triumph Studios in Delft, the Netherlands, for the PLAYSTATION3 system, Xbox 360 and Games For Windows.
• Designed and developed exclusively for Wii, Overlord™Dark Legend is a brand new action adventure steeped with a sinister, satirical take on classic fairy-tale lore. Set prior to the original game, players step into the role of a new young Overlord who commands the minions to take out his growing pains out on the local fairy tale inhabitants as he protects his castle and lands. Overlord Dark Legend is now in development at Climax Studios.
• An irresistible and accessible puzzle action game designed exclusively for Nintendo DS, Overlord™Minions stars Giblet, Blaze, Stench and Zap as a crack Minion squad, assisted by minion master Gnarl. The Nintendo DS stylus becomes an extension of the Overlord’s despotic desire and every precise Touch Screen command is the player-as-Overlord directing, commanding and combining minions in battle, pointing and sweeping them to assault enemies and solve puzzles to achieve their abominable aims. Overlord Minions is now in development at Climax Studios.
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