Among the slate of games announced during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this week is “Mad Max,” an post-apocalyptic action game inspired by — you guessed it — the Mel Gibson-starring “Mad Max” movie franchise.
The open-world video game, from publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developer Avalanche Studios, will cast players as the road warrior, fighting to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland while facing vicious bandits, desert terrain and hostile weather.
“The Wasteland lends itself incredibly well to the high level of player freedom,” Avalanche Studios cofounder and chief creative officer Christofer Sundberg said in a news release. “This unforgiving environment inspired us to create a gritty and diverse experience where driving, fighting and scavenging are essential for survival.”
Driving, indeed. The theft of Max’s iconic yellow car Interceptor is the catalyst for much of the action. With the help of an eccentric mechanic character named Chumbucket, players customize a new combat car — the Magnum Opus — for Max, choosing from bodies, engines, armor and mounted weapons, and ultimately building a war machine to take down marauders during vehicular battles. These parts are scavenged scraps or treasures stolen during raids on enemy camps.
“Mad Max” will be available for the PlayStation 4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. The video game is scheduled for a 2014 release, but it’s not the only “Mad Max” makeover in the works. The character is being reimagined for the big screen with upcoming movie sequel “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The film, also to be released in 2014, stars Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) in the titular role.
Check out stills from the game in the gallery above and watch the trailer, though squeamish viewers be warned — the video ends violently.
–Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark
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