BBC Worldwide has today released the first details about Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock, the first in a series of new console games featuring the Timelord.
Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock is being developed by Supermassive Games for digital download platforms and is set for release in early 2012, initially on PlayStation 3, the new PlayStation Vita handheld and PC platforms.
This will be the first in a series of new Doctor Who video games, with two more console titles planned for release in 2012 as the BBC looks to leverage the lucrative Doctor Who brand.
Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock, which was teased yesterday on the BBC’s YouTube channel, will allow gamers to take on the role of Matt Smith’s Doctor and Alex Kingston’s River Song as they travel across time and space to save the Earth.
BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm, said that the game will feature “time-based gameplay” involving changes made in one time creating multiple possibilities elsewhere, along with general puzzle solving across the centuries.
Featuring a wholly new storyline written in collaboration with the BBC Wales team, the game will feature “photo-real graphics, television-quality scenes and highly realistic characters” filmed in motion capture, along with full voice acting from Smith and Kingston.
BBC Worldwide executive vice president of digital entertainment Robert Nashak said: “We’re creating these new games for PlayStation 3 and Vita with adaptations that will bring the wonder, adventure and madness of Doctor Who to each platform.
“Working with a top-tier UK development partner like Supermassive Games demonstrates BBC Worldwide’s commitment to create world-class Doctor Who games for fans of the show and gamers alike.”
Doctor Who is among the BBC’s most valuable brands, helping Worldwide generate revenue of £1.16 billion in the 12 months to March 31, 2011, delivering a record profit of £160.2m, up 10.3% year-on-year.