The Futurama: Release the Drones game will be launched soon, it has recently been announced.
When the popular science fiction series created by Matt Groening was cancelled by Fox in 2003, after airing for 4 years, it was introduced back on television sets by Comedy Central in 2008.
Unfortunately, the show which won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program was discontinued again in 2013, causing fans to lose hope that it would re-emerge.
However, now it appears that the iconic series about the exploits of Phillip J. Fry has been resurrected once again, but this time as a puzzle game designed for mobile phones.
The project stems from a partnership between Fox Digital Entertainment and Wooga, a mobile-first game developer headquartered in Berlin, Germany.
The premise of the Futurama: Release the Drones game is simple: Planet Express ship members are battling MomCorp adversaries, in a drone delivery war. The user’s purpose is to form drone armies by bringing robots together, while solving puzzles, so that Phillip J. Fry’s team can emerge victorious.
Dave Grossman will be in charge with designing the mobile game, and his credentials are impressive, given that he was also the creator of classic adventure video games such as Tales of Monkey Island, The Secret of Monkey Island, as well as Sam & Max.
He will be joining forces with Patric Verrone, one of Futurama’s executive producers and writers in its final years, who has been acclaimed for imagining episodes such as “That’s Lobstertainment!” and “The Problem with Popplers”.
According to Greg Latham, Wooga public relations manager, the game will be released for Android and iOS devices as well. For now, it’s unclear when exactly the launch will take place, but chances are that it will be much-anticipated by those who believe Futurama ended too soon.
Recently, viewer nostalgia has led to a string of initiatives meant to bring back on screen popular shows that had been axed prematurely.
Some have returned as mobile games, one such example being Mean Girls, whose characters have been used by Episode Interactive as part of the Choose Your Story series.
Others have re-emerged in more conventional formats, after gaining support from content providers and audience members.
For example, in May 2013 Netflix revived the Arrested Development series, which had been broadcast by Fox between 2003 and 2006. Season 4 proved so successful among audience members that now producers have announced that in June 2016 a brand new season 5 would be streamed.
This strategy was mirrored by Amazon in February 2014, when it revealed that it would be reviving the BBC drama Ripper Street, funding this series so that it would later be broadcast by the British television channel as well.
More recently, Joel Hodgson, creator of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, started a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, so as to relaunch the cult TV show which last aired back in 1999.
The initiative was a success, surpassing its $2,000,000 goal required for producing 3 more episodes of the series that turned riffing into a national pastime, spanning across 12 years and 197 episodes.
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