"We want this to be an authentic re-creation of the show in a video game, and we know having the voices and likenesses of the lead characters is going to be essential to that," said Ed Duran, producer of "The Shield" game at Sammy Studios.
Like the show, the game will focus on the Farmington underworld that Mackey and Strike Team rule. Players will have to navigate the gray area of the law, walking a thin line while trying to accomplish missions and dealing with the interpersonal realities of the job.
The game is scheduled to ship in spring 2005, to coincide with the fourth season of the drama, on PlayStation 2 (news - web sites) and Xbox (news - web sites).
Sammy also is negotiating with the show's writers to help keep the authenticity through its story and in-game cut scenes. According to Duran, composers and storyboard artists from the show also are expected to be utilized in the game.
Duran said that the game started during "a kickoff meeting" with executive producer Shawn Ryan. Video game developer POV, which has experience working with such Hollywood licenses as "The Scorpion King" and "Spawn," took that cue and is working closely with the TV show's creators, executive producers Ryan and Scott Brazil.
The release of the first two seasons of "The Shield" on DVD by Fox Home Entertainment should help the basic cable champion grow and open up cross-promotional opportunities for Sammy when Season 3 heads to DVD. The TV series, which averaged 3.3 million viewers during its second season, starts its third season March 9.
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