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 When, starring 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.