'Sopranos' Game Lets You Earn Your Way Into Tony's Crew

Title will focus on show's criminal, not domestic, elements.

You still can't be Tony Soprano, but now you have a chance to join his crew. Sort of. "The Sopranos" is coming to video game consoles.

While word leaked out almost a year ago, games publisher THQ finally confirmed the news Wednesday. An action game based on HBO's famous family of criminals will be available this holiday season for PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360.

Players will control the illegitimate son of "Sopranos" character Big Pussy, earning their way up the ranks of Tony Soprano's crew. The single-player game will allow players to interact with, but not control, key members of the crime family, including Tony, Christopher Moltisanti, Silvio Dante and Paulie Walnuts.

"If anyone was a fan of the show, those situations that really mount to that spine-tingling, sh--'s-about-to-happen moment, that will be in the game," THQ spokesperson Tom Stratton told MTV News.

A press release from the company noted that gamers would need to prove they have "the muscle and the wit to become 'made.' "

The game will focus on brewing tensions between mob families in New Jersey and Philadelphia, according to the release. "As a soldier, you must earn money on collections, protect your turf through intimidation, and gain admiration within your own family to move up in the ranks of the organization," it explains. Players will be able to see video game versions of familiar series sights such as the Bada Bing! strip club, the Vesuvio restaurant and Satriale's Pork Store.

The game has been in development for over a year by Seven Studios, the company behind last year's "Fantastic Four" game from Activision. "Sopranos" creator David Chase approved the game's script, and several of the show's actors, including Tony himself, James Gandolfini, are lending their voice and likeness to the game.

None of the main women from the TV series will appear in the game, according to Stratton, who said Tony's domestic life will not play a role in the game. Instead the video game will focus on the type of activities that come up during Tony's day job. Video game mobsters, it seems, don't waste time with psychiatrists.

Stratton said the game would not play out in the open-world style of "Grand Theft Auto," "The Godfather" or the forthcoming "Scarface," but he couldn't give further details besides describing "The Sopranos" as a third-person action game.

The game will not be shown on the E3 show floor next week, but Stratton said gamers eager for more should keep their eyes peeled for information that'll be hitting the Internet on Friday.