It’s not everyday that you see your favorite show converted into an accessible mobile game. Though it has been a popular route for cartoons to have their own game versions, Futurama writers promise a unique twist.
According to Gamespot, Futurama: Game of Drones will focus on the story. The free-to-play puzzle game will be very different from the 2003 Xbox version. Game developer Wooga and Fox Digital Entertainment noted that they have assembled their best team to develop the game’s narrative.
Futurama: Game of Drones will have Leela, Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Bender, and the Planet Express crew to embark on a “desperately imbalanced trade war against longtime shipping rival MomCo.”
The Futurama: Game of Drones writers shared that they will maintain the humor and the social commentary of the show.
Mobile Game Challenge
Though there are a lot of possibilities in this storyline, it is still quite challenging to convert that into a mobile game. Dave Grossman told Gamespot that they aimed to provide valuable entertainment to their audience but they also want to create a story deemed to be a “worthy companion to the rest of the ‘Futurama’ canon.”
Grossman added that it meant they had to work very hard on developing the characters’ humor and keeping in line with the theme.
“Social commentary is also key, poking fun at big companies and other elements of society that could use a little poking. Futurama has always used a lot of parody and satire, and we’re more than happy to have an opportunity to add more.”
Futurama writer Patric Verrone added that they hope the story for the Futurama: Game of Drones will be relatable to Futurama fans. However, they still want to cater to those users who are new to the show.
Grossman said the writers had to stay away from bringing meaning to the play of the game. They wanted to be engrossed to the Futurama universe so they do not violate the entire theme.
Product lead Sascha Hartmann said that the narrative is “the deciding factor behind a lot of decisions we’ve made in development.” One example of this would be the creation of the world maps where most of the inspiration came from the Futurama universe. They also made a fake social network in the game, called “Twitcher,” to show the humor of the show.
We also know that a large part of our audience is going to know and love Futurama and we wanted to make sure every aspect of the game reflected this and allowed those players to get a little deeper into the story.
Managing Fans’ Expectations
Because Futurama has a massive audience-base, Hartmann said the fans have always been their reference.
“If in doubt, always go to the fans.”
However, they wanted to make sure that the mobile game will also be appealing to those who have never watched the show before. They had user tests to see how new gamers will react to their storyline. They even tested out Nibbler to open the game sections, but they eventually ended up with Fry and Bender since they knew the fans would respond more to these characters.
As for the traditional references and in-jokes, fans can definitely expect more.
Futurama writer Eddy Webb added that veteran fans will have a lot “to giggle over.” However, they still made it a point to write jokes that casual fans can laugh about.
“We tried to put in some obscure but recognizable characters and locations. We mostly tried to make the game faithful to the original show–like remembering that Leela only has one eye,” said Verrone.
Futurama: Game of Drones will be ot on February 25.
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