It was assumed by most to be a joke, akin to the urban myth that a sequel to James Cameron's Titanic was in the works. Today, however, Activision and Hasbro have announced that a video game version of popular boardgame Battleship is on the way, and is due for release this spring as a movie tie-in for the upcoming Universal Pictures 'epic' of the same name (the one assumed to be a joke). I think I may cry. Promising to take 'this sneak and find adventure to new heights,' David Oxford of Activision had this to say: "We're geared up for an outrageous sea and land conflict with the all new Battleship videogame. Inspired by the film's exciting action and stunning backdrop, the game is next-gen naval warfare that thrusts players into the middle of humanity's last stand against an unfamiliar menace."
Just a reminder to those who may have forgotten, this is what the real Battleship looks like (well, ish . . .):
And this is the re-imagining: Disappointingly, the film doesn't appear to feature three mile high humans dictating the battle with cries of anguish and spilt coke over the board. For those who may wish to partake in a bit of re-imagining (and who didn't believe in their heads that this was a real battle? Anyone?) the game will be available on the Xbox 360 and PS3 by Double Helix and the Wii, DS and 3DS by Magic Pockets. Expectations are low for the movie (I mean, seriously, Battleship The Movie? C'mon), and as traditionally movie-tie ins are absolutely awful, I wouldn't hold much breath for this one.