Obsidian Recruited To Help Make A Wheel Of Time Game

by Phil Kollar on Feb 12, 2010 at 06:27 AM

When I was in high school, my friends and I went through a phase where as far as we were concerned, the massive Wheel of Time books were the greatest pieces of literature ever written. Since we were also hardcore gamers, we were excited when a Wheel of Time game was announced (the 1999 FPS from Legend Entertainment) and disappointed when we actually played it.

With today's announcement from Red Eagle Games, though, it seems like our old dream of an awesome game based in the Wheel of Time universe may yet come true.

Red Eagle has signed a deal with Obsidian Entertainment -- the developer known for Neverwinter Nights 2 and currently working on Alpha Protocol and Fallout: New Vegas -- to help work on a new Wheel of Time game that will be distributed through the EA Partners program. Rather than going it alone, Obsidian will be working with Red Eagle's in-house development team on the project.

Red Eagle Games CEO Rick Selvage commented on the news:

"The development team at Obsidian Entertainment has demonstrated time and again that they can successfully blend storytelling with technology to craft a superior RPG game experience. Obsidian Entertainment is the ideal development partner to help Red Eagle Games take [author Robert] Jordan's beloved characters from the printed page to exciting new forms of interactive media."

Of course, if Obsidian and Red Eagle truly hope to match the level of bloatedness that the Wheel of Time novels eventually reached, future 20-to-30-hour games will have to move the overall story forward in painfully small increments while introducing an increasingly convoluted web of characters. Who thinks they can pull it off?