I've said before that I want to see a really good video game based on the BBC's Doctor Who, and while we've come closer in the past few years, we're not there yet. Last year's Doctor Who adventure games for the PC were difficult to legally acquire outside of the United Kingdom and were simplified to the point of not being worth the effort to play them. Now Supermassive Games is working on a new adventure featuring the Doctor and River Song for the Sony PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Subtitled The Eternity Clock, Sony must care enough about this project to give it some time on the PlayStation Blog.
So far, we’ve said very, very little about the game. This trailer just has the barest hints about the core of this story. What is The Eternity Clock? How is it related to the Doctor? How is River involved in this?
I’m afraid this post isn’t going to answer any of these questions; we’ll leave that to future posts and the game itself.
We’re very excited to be working with Supermassive Games as they’ve already delivered some great titles for PlayStation, such as Tumble, Start The Party and Start The Party: Save the World. The team are huge fans of the show and they’ve been great at bringing the key essence of Doctor Who into the game.
While none of Supermassive's past work may fill you with confidence and excitement at first glance, consider the strengths of a developer that has worked closely with the PlayStation Move controller working on a Doctor Who title. Yes, we may finally get a motion control sonic screwdriver function in this game. Please, let's just skip the whole party / mini-game genre and go with the Doctor in a proper action/adventure romp. I want to see a developer do for Doctor Who games what Rocksteady Studios did for Batman games with Arkham Asylum. I don't know if Supermassive is up to the challenge, but for now you can consider me intrigued and anxious to learn more about this project. In the meantime, here's the teaser trailer to whet your appetite: