It's been a quiet 10 months since Studio HIVE first released details about their planned video game followup to Thai action star Tony Jaa's "Ong Bak" martial arts trilogy. And based on these recently released screens (scoped out by film site Twitch), it looks like the story will continue in the Thai historical period, abandoning the modern setting of the first film.
Originally announced as a late 2012 release, publisher Immanitas Entertainment says the 2.5D brawler will be making its way to the PC and mobile devices, but it's unclear which consoles it'll be brutalizing when it's finally done.
Immanitas Entertainment to publish official Ong Bak Game worldwide
The official Ong Bak game, Ong Bak Tri, currently being developed by Thai developer Studio HIVE, based on the next installment of the popular Ong Bak movie franchise, will be published exclusively by Immanitas Entertainment this winter worldwide for PC, consoles and smartphones.
Berlin, 19th November 2012 - The Ong Bak franchise started its path to international renown in 2003 with the release of its first movie, Ong Bak, which became an instant international hit and catapulted Tony Jaa, the movie's protagonist, to martial arts stardom. Since then another two movies have been released with a new feature film currently being developed. Now for the first time the immensely popular world of Ong Bak finds its way to the PC, consoles and smartphones with "Ong Bak Tri", which is being developed by Immanitas Entertainment's partner Studio HIVE in Thailand.
Ong Bak Tri features three core elements of gameplay: intense fighting action, impressive free running sequences and highly cinematic quick-time action events. The game itself is presented as a 2.5D side-scroller, with gorgeous graphics running on the Unity Game Engine. One of the most important goals for Ong Bak Tri was to deliver an authentic Ong Bak experience. Tony Jaa has lent his likeness to the game character and the development itself was closely accompanied by the great minds behind the movies, in particular the movie director, Thossaporn Poonnart, and the original creator and master choreographer, Panna Rittikrai.
The game is entering the final stages of development and Immanitas Entertainment is currently working closely with Studio HIVE to prepare the game for its international release this winter. "We are really excited to be working with such an internationally renowned brand", comments Christian Sauerteig, CEO of Immanitas Entertainment, "we are confident that we will be able to deliver a game that will appeal to both gamers who love great action games as well as fans of the franchise". Kan Supabanpot, General Manager at Studio HIVE adds: "We are very happy to collaborate with such an experienced company like Immanitas Entertainment. It's a great honour for our team to work on the first very first Ong-Bak multiplatform game."
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