AUTHOR JOINS FORCES
WITH GAMES FIRM
Copyright 2001 Financial Times, All Rights Reserved
[ December 11th 2001 ]
there was Lara Croft - cyberbabe and heroine of
the video game Tomb Raider. Then, there was David
Beckham - cyberbeau and robotic hero of the latest
must-have football computer game. Now there will
be an opportunity for discontented men to realise
their childhood dreams and themselves become universe-saving
clones of their favourite action heroes.
computer games firm, Rage Software, is linking
with Andy McNab, former SAS soldier and blockbuster
novelist - who wrote Bravo Two Zero, about his
time in the Gulf, and Crisis Four, in which Osama
bin Laden attempts to blow up the White House
- to create a series of military- based 3D-action
are aimed at 20-something men, who harbour "secret
frustrations to be SAS soldiers". Glen O'Connell,
the communications director with Rage, insists
that the move is not distasteful and insensitive
in the wake of the terrorist attacks in America
and subsequent war in Afghanistan.
depict the military but in an entertainment sense,"
he said. "And the fact remains that there has
been an explosion in adult-orientated computer
games. As you probably know, every man wants to
be a racing car driver or James Bond. Similarly
there are many men who dream of being SAS soldiers.
The closest they will ever get to it is probably
via a joystick on a computer, so we plan to tap
into these elements."
who will receive an undisclosed one-off signing
fee as well as royalties on every game sold, will
provide both "technical and creative input . .
. to help ensure the highest level of authenticity
and realism", according to the company. The game,
as yet unnamed, will be launched early in 2003.
Finnegan, managing director of Rage, said that
the signing of McNab would help the UK firm establish
an international gaming franchise. "We are absolutely
thrilled to be working with Andy McNab and believe
that his input and first-hand knowledge of the
most revered military force in the world will
help us deliver a range of gaming titles that
redefine the Special Forces genre."