WarGames interactive series coming from media startup Eko in 2018

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Dec 6, 2017, 2:44 PM EST

Hacking, espionage, and the threat of global nuclear annihilation. That's what awaits you in the upcoming interactive series based on the 1983 movie WarGames starring Matthew Broderick. The game, titled #WarGames, from interactive media startup Eko (formerly Interlude), arrives in early 2018 and is loosely based on the film, preferring to center on a group of young hackers who find themselves caught up in espionage and government conspiracy. Eko announced the series two years ago, but as an "interactive short."

British video game writer/designer Sam Barlow (Her Story, Silent Hill: Origins) is the creator on the project, which is in collaboration with MGM. “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 a statement released to SYFY WIRE. “To do that interactively felt like a perfect marriage of form and content.” 

Players will assume the role of Kelly, a hacker who “represents the breadth of modern hacker culture and its humanity,” said Barlow. "As viewers help steer her story, I hope they will fall in love with her as much as the ‘#WarGames’ team did!” he said. Part web series, part online video game, part choose-your-own-adventure this is Eko's second interactive series after That Moment Whenstarring Milana Vayntrub (Squirrel Girl on the upcoming Marvel show New Warriors).


The series could not come at a better time, with Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One arriving in March 2018. A major part of the story has the protagonist, Wade Watts, acting out all of WarGames as part of an 1980s-inspired Easter egg hunt in the virtual world known as the OASIS.

Directed by John Badham, the original WarGames is about a young hacker, David Lightman, who nearly triggers World War III by hacking into a United States supercomputer tasked with running nuclear war scenarios that Lightman mistakes for a computer game. A remake of the film was in the news back in 2015, but no new developments about it have come to light.