Say what you will about Doctor Who games. There have been many over the years, of varying quality. But in spring 2021, prepare to pick up the controller once more for two epic adventures in time and space.
The first of these Doctor Who games is The Edge of Reality, currently being developed by Maze Theory, Just Add Water, and BBC Studios. You may already be familiar with Maze Theory, as they developed the VR title Doctor Who: The Edge of Time, whilst Just Add Water is perhaps best known for its Oddworld games and the peculiar I am Bread. (Shameless name-dropping, but I used to share a building with them. Hi guys!)
You won’t need any VR technology to play these new Doctor Who games, though. The Edge of Reality is coming to PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox, and stars Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor, alongside David Tennant as number ten! It’s described as an original Doctor Who story in which the player has to “uncover a universe-spanning threat as you seek to save reality from a series of time-breaking glitches,” continuing the story that began in its VR predecessor.
But if your TARDIS is currently lacking a dedicated video games console, then fear not. (Don’t you guys have phones?!) The next of the Doctor Who games is called The Lonely Assassins and is coming to iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch. So provided you have one of the relevant smartphones (or Switch) you’ll be laughing all the way to the vortex.
This is a slightly different offering, though. The Lonely Assassins is being developed by the Malaysia-based Kaigan Games and is based on the ‘found footage’ genre. Or ‘found phone,’ in this case. According to the official description, “The game will see players uncover and decipher the mystery of a ‘found phone,’ unravelling a sinister series of events taking place at Wester Drumlins, the iconic ‘uninhabited’ home featured in the legendary Doctor Who episode ‘Blink.'”
So whatever you do, don’t turn your back.
These certainly sound like exciting new projects, and it’s always great to see some new Doctor Who games on consoles – even if the previous offerings have (as I say) varied in quality. I will certainly keep an open mind until I play them.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that Maze Theory’s previous title The Edge of Time currently stands at 52 on a Metacritic, which certainly leaves some “room for improvement,” even though I haven’t played it personally. It’ll be interesting to see if this modest score spurs the development team on for even greater things with its follow-ups.
But what do you think? Have you played any of the previous Doctor Who games? And are you excited for The Edge of Reality and The Lonely Assassins? Let me know in the comments below!
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