'Tron: Legacy' Director, Disney Hoping to Extend Film Franchise Via Video Games
Original film spawned a smash tie-in video game, and now, Disney Interactive Studios has enlisted developers to create 3D games that bridge the 28 years between the two films and expand the characters' back stories.
Tron: Evolution offers an online multiplayer component for players to take part in the “games” from the film. And the PlayStation 3 version of the game is playable in stereoscopic 3D.
“I think games like Tron: Legacy have a great opportunity to use 3D technology to create a much more immersive experience for the consumer,” said Bob Iger, president and CEO, the Walt Disney Company. “When you use new technology to make something that is more compelling for the consumer, then they want more of it. They want to watch it more, play it more, and buy it more.”
Kosinski, who played the original Tron game at the arcade, believes 3D games like Tron: Evolution will help pave the way for Blu-ray 3D adoption in the home.
“You can already play Blu-ray 3D and 3D games on PlayStation 3, so games are a great way to get the technology into the home,” said Kosinski. “Games and movies are very different experiences and it's great to have one leverage the other into the home theater environment. I think there's room for both and I can't wait to play the Tron game in 3D myself.”
The world of Tron has always been intertwined with the video game world. Bridges played a video game designer and owner of Flynn’s arcade in the first film. Bridges has watched video games become a mainstream form of entertainment and was an active participant during the arcade age.
“I remember playing the original Pong 35 years ago when that first came out on the set of Rancho Deluxe,” said Bridges. “Harry Dean Stanton and I would play that game every night at the local bar. I also played the arcade games that we had on the set of Tron like Space Invaders, Asteroids and Pac-Man. Then seeing the Tron game later on at real arcades was something else. It’s amazing how far games and technology have come since then.”
With the new video games out and the 3D film preparing for its global launch, Disney is already thinking about what’s next for Tron.
“We’ve talked about a sequel and we have some beginning thoughts, but we didn’t hold anything back for this film,” said Bailey. “It’s really hard to make a good movie, and we put everything we had into this one.”
“I think Tron has the potential to become a real franchise,” said Iger. “Right now the focus is on launching a great movie and a great video game, and then hoping that the people out there agree with us. If they do, we have the ability as a company to basically turn something that’s successful in one medium or two into a true franchise. And we’re fully prepared to do that with Tron.”
With no arcades around these days, fans can jump onto the Grid and engage in online light cycle action, partake in the new discs of Tron, and explore the rich mythology of the film universe on any gaming platform.