We’ve already had – in the UK at least – a series of free-to-download “Doctor Who” PC titles which have been mostly well-received. Not cutting edge tech, but fun and accessible adventure titles which manage to be slightly retro and have the cachet of boasting Matt Smith and Karen Gillan voice-over work.
Today’s news, that the BBC and developer SuperMassive Games will be releasing “Doctor Who – The Eternity Clock” on PC, PS3 and Vita in 2012, brings with it a few questions.
1) Why no Xbox 360 release? As this is going to be a download title, why not release it on XBLA, too? Have the BBC suddenly become unaccountably terrified of money?
2) Game play seems to be puzzle-based, with events in one time line affecting different areas of the game. I’m getting dread flashbacks to original Xbox launch title “Blinx – The Time Sweeper”. Anybody?
3) I’m fascinated to know how the devs are going to tackle the whole ‘The Doctor doesn’t kill anybody’ issue in a video game. Not that this is the only framework for progression in a game, but it does make me wonder where things are going to go – dare I hope for an “Uncharted”-style action-puzzler without the protagonist sociopathically wiping out people left, right and centre?
4) If Alex Kingston is doing a voice over as River Song, am I going to be able to concentrate long enough to finish this game? All signs point to no..