For a interval through the 2000s, video video games starring rappers, from Def Jam Vendetta to 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, had a little bit of a second. The fad has lengthy since fizzled, but it surely appears Microsoft could also be seeking to revive it with a Wu-Tang Clan action-RPG codenamed Challenge Shaolin.
This data comes courtesy of Home windows Central’s dependable Jez Corden on probably the most recent episode of The Xbox Two podcast, and has been backed up by wanton rumor fiend Jeff Grubb. Corden admits he doesn’t know a lot concerning the Wu-Tang Clan (forgive him, he’s British) and appears a bit confused about whether or not the sport shall be primarily based on the band’s lore or the martial arts motion pictures that impressed them, however Wu-Tang is outwardly doing the soundtrack, so it’s virtually actually the previous. As for what sort of sport to count on, it virtually feels like a fantasy Wu-Tang model of Future, which isn’t one thing I ever anticipated to kind. Right here’s how Corden describes the venture…
It does seem to be there is a Wu-Tang Clan sport in improvement than makes use of Wu-Tang lore. […] The soundtrack for the Wu-Tang sport is by the Wu-Tang Clan, the music group. I do not know if that is as a result of they’re the principle a part of the sport or if it is, like, primarily based on the martial arts [movies] or no matter.
It is made by Brass Lion Leisure, and so they have on their web site that they are engaged on an unannounced action-RPG. The details about this Wu-Tang Clan sport, Challenge Shaolin, says it is a third-person fantasy action-RPG revolving round melee fight supporting as much as 4-player co-op. It is received a beefy marketing campaign, couple dozen hours. It is received seasonal content material. It has “Wu Gods” in it. I do not know what which means. It is received loot. It is received dungeons, with replayability and modifiers and stuff. And [my information] says the soundtrack is made by Wu-Tang Clan.
As talked about above, the sport is outwardly in improvement at Brass Lion Leisure, a Canadian-American cross-border studio based by veterans of BioWare and Bethesda. Per their website, the studio goals to inform tales centered on “historically marginalized characters and cultures” and heck, one of many studio’s founders labored on Def Jam Vendetta. It actually looks like a Wu-Tang RPG can be pretty comfortably on this studio’s wheelhouse, however after all, take all of this with a grain of salt for now.
What do you consider the prospect of a Wu-Tang RPG? If Microsoft offers Brass Lion the finances and leeway to do what they need, I feel it may very well be fairly rattling cool, however we will see.