Eragon Coming to Gaming Screens

Vivendi Universal Games yesterday announced they were bringing the upcoming fantasy-adventure movie Eragon, set to hit theaters Dec. 12, to the screens of a variety of platforms. Eragon the game, to be developed by Stormfront Studios for consoles and PC and Amaze Entertainment for handhelds, will debut in November.

The Eragon game, said Vivendi Universal Games, is based on the upcoming Twentieth Century Fox feature film, which in turn itself is inspired by the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name. The movie’s plot “centers on a young farm boy named Eragon whose destiny is revealed with the help of a dragon. Eragon, now a Dragon Rider, is swept into a world of magic and power, discovering that he alone has the power to save — or destroy — an Empire.”

Players playing the console (PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360) and PC versions of the game will fight battles using a combo and magic-based combat system. Dragon flight-based combat and two player co-op features will also be available. As for the handheld (Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Sony PSP) version, different variations will be available depending upon the specific handheld rig being played. Nintendo devices will focus on RPG styles, while the PSP lean more towards aerial combat.

“Christopher Paolini’s amazing fantasy worlds, characters and adventures portrayed in Eragon offer fans of the genre an opportunity to step into Eragon’s world and live out the dragon rider legacy,” said Bruce Hack, CEO of VU Games. “Eragon is sure to be one of the most anticipated movies of 2006 and we are excited to bring this rich story to gamers worldwide.”