10:47am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Despicable Me' Minions Find Their 'Paradise' In Upcoming Mobile Game
The Minions are recruiting, and this summer, you'll get your chance to sign up.
Illumination Entertainment and Universal Partnerships & Licensing announced Tuesday a new partnership with Electronic Arts to bring the bright yellow characters from the Despicable Me and Minions movies to mobile gaming over the next few years, beginning with Minions Paradise later this year.
The games will be created in partnership between Illumination's writers, artists and directors and the mobile development team at EA, with the latter company's executive vp Frank Gibeau saying in a statement that the "incredible partnership" between the two companies "will help us bring players an unforgettable way to build the ultimate playground for their Minions, with an engaging story and deep and varied gameplay."
Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination, added that his company wants "to bring the same level of care and creativity to these games that we bring to our films," leading to the introduction in Minions Paradise of a brand-new Minion character, Phil. "Minions Paradise is a great way to start our new partnership with EA, and we look forward to sharing the game with fans all over the world this summer," he said.
The new game will be free to download, and will allow players to help Phil lead a group of Minions in creating the world of their dreams after they've been shipwrecked on a desert island. Players will be able to design and build their sandy utopia, complete with water slides, trees and, of course, bananas. The game will be released this summer, to tie in with the July 10 release of Minions in movie theaters.