The Muay Thai action film series and its lead are getting their own sidescrolling brawler.
Fact: the Ong Bak films briefly drove star Tony Jaa into madness, a brief flirtation with being a monk, and maybe-possibly saw him being menaced by some gangster-types. It’s strange, fascinating stuff. All that shouldn’t detract from Jaa’s immense martial arts skill and kind of the de facto ambassador for Muay Thai-style fighting on the screen. And like martial arts stars Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li before him, dude’s getting a game.
Over on Playstation Lifestyle, the blog has an interview with Thailand-based Studio HIVE General Manager Kan Supabanpot about the upcoming Ong Bak game, which is targeted for a late 2012 release. The interview doesn’t reveal platform specifics, but Supabanpot does say that it is based on an unannounced project (Ong Bak 4?), and that Jaa and his mentor Panna Rittikrai are both involved in the development of the game.
Apparently, the project’s been discussed since about 2012 with development only starting about six months ago, meaning the game will have a relatively quick turnaround. The combat system currently has about 20-30 moves but remains unfinished, and this, along with the pretty short development time, and style of game make this sound like a downloadable release.
[Source: Playstation Lifestyle]