1970's film and musical The Rocky Horror Show has emerged as the unlikely star of a new rhythm action game.
It's called ‘The Rocky Horror Show Touch Me' and is being developed by new studio Rocket Lolly Games. It's being made for smartphones and tablets, although the release is a way off – it's not due until 2017.
The description of the game says it will use the experience of being a theatre member in the creation of the game” and that the developers have consulted with theatre goers and gamers alike”.
Rocket Lolly wants this to be a long-term project, too, expressing its intention to find a way to allow the brand to live on within the medium of games for years ahead.
Ella [Romanos] and I formed Rocket Lolly Games in order to bring this fantastic IP to market, which being fans ourselves we believe we can do with the care it deserves,” Rocket Lolly director and co-founder Oscar Clark said. Many great brands are cross-generational, but few capture the collective imagination like The Rocky Horror Show, which has managed to be gently outrageous since the 70's; it is as relevant today as it was when it first launched.
Rocky is about the outsider to whom we all relate. It's a story about coming of age and diversity; a welcoming and joyous experience which, as Rocky fans ourselves, it is an absolute pleasure to be entrusted. It's our hope to show what a small studio can do to expand a brand such special as this into games.”
The director of Rocky Horror music publisher Andy Leighton added: I have worked with Richard O'Brien on The Rocky Horror Show since it all began. Rocky has been realized as a theatre show, a film and a game before. However, now is the perfect time for it to be reimagined in a way that could only exist on our phones and tablets.
Ella and Oscar's passion for this project makes them the perfect people to bring the experience to a new audience, as well as to those who already love the show.”