It's time to channel your inner Matthew Broderick because the interactive #WarGames experience is almost here from MGM and media startup Eko (formerly Interlude). A reimagining of the 1983 film of the same name, the game allows players to enter the exciting and dangerous world of hacking, espionage, and military intrigue.
Created by British video game writer/designer Sam Barlow (Her Story, Silent Hill: Origins), #WarGames allows users to assume the role of Kelly (Jess Nurse of Scandal and Grace and Frankie fame), a young hacker who, according to Barlow, “represents the breadth of modern hacker culture and its humanity."
Joining her in a plan to bring about peace is a team of international hackers played by Maba Ba, Teodora Cristea, Nolan Lyons, Lucy Walters, Rasha Zamamiri, Muhammad Cunningham, Dave Coleman, Yahya Moataz, and Princeton Perez.
Check out the brand-new teaser trailer below:
Part web series, part online video game, part choose-your-own-adventure this is Eko's second interactive series after That Moment When.
“#WarGames brings together a cast of talented newcomers, gripping narrative and seamless interactivity, giving the audience a deep personal stake in the story as it unfolds,” said Yoni Bloch, CEO of Eko. “The show ‘watches’ your actions, learns your preferences, and adapts intelligently. #WarGames is a perfect example of the types of stories Eko’s technology makes possible, and we’re thrilled to make the series available across multiple platforms so viewers can enjoy it wherever they are and at their own pace.”
Directed by John Badham (Saturday Night Fever), the original WarGames starred Broderick as David Lightman, a talented young hacker who almost causes WWIII by hacking into a United States supercomputer tasked with running nuclear war scenarios that Lightman mistakes for a video game.
“With #WarGames I was thrilled to take the questions raised by the original movie and ask them again in a world where technology has fundamentally changed our lives,” Barlow said in December. “To do that interactively felt like a perfect marriage of form and content.”
The six-episode season will be available at HelloEko.com, the Eko iOS app, Vudu.com, and Steam on March 14. It will drop on the Xbox One not long after.