Robert Jordan's Wheel Of Time Books Turn To Video Games
If the names Rand, Matt, Perrin, Moirraine, and Lan mean anything to you, you've read Robert Jordan's widely esteemed and hugely popular "Wheel of Time" fantasy series. Arguably the modern J.R.R. Tolkien, Jordan's deep and lengthy books will soon make the jump into the video game realm.
Red Eagle Games has announced that in addition to a feature film, they will produce a stand-alone set of Wheel of Time games for all major platforms (consoles, PC and wireless devices) plus a MMORPG that offers the sweeping world of the Dragon Reborn in online multiplayer form. If you're unfamiliar, Jordan's first book in the series, "The Eye of the World," released in 1990 and immediately captivated fantasy fans. Since then, 11 books have been added to the growing series; they've typically popped up on the New York Times bestseller list, and the last 4 books debuted at #1. Sadly, Jordan passed away in 2007 at the age of 58, but one last book will be finished by fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson. He'll use Jordan's notes and a partial draft to finish things off with "A Memory of Light," which should hit book shelves next fall. All told, the "Wheel of Time" series has sold over 44 million copies worldwide. Said Rick Selvage, chairman and president of Red Eagle Entertainment:
"There are few properties as well-loved and influential as Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. The Wheel of Time books have captured the imagination of millions of readers around the world, and we expect our interactive recreations of Jordan's complex universe to garner a similar level of devotion and enthusiasm."
When early details first become available, we'll be sure to fill you in.
11/14/2008 Ben Dutka