Well, virtual time and space anyway. Announced yesterday the game titled, Doctor Who: Worlds in Time will be a free to play, online, multi-player game allowing players to work with the Doctor to save civilization. Man, if this game can deliver on that experience this could be the best news ever for Doctor Who fans. I don’t know anybody whose followed the adventures (and misadventures) of the Time Lord and not wondered what it would be like to be his companion. The risks, the puzzles, the excitement! Especially the risks, it’ll be nice to experience this in the safety of a video game. I don’t fancy dying on an unknown world years and years in the future. I don’t know, maybe it would be an epic death, but I’ll let someone else try it out first.
The game is being developed by BBC Worldwide in partnership with Three Rings, best known for the game Puzzle Pirates, and if you happen to be a game engineer located in the Madison, WI area they may have need of you. This job posting went live today.
Hmm, an MMO based around the world of Doctor Who. They’ve got plenty of history to pull from, that’s for sure. I wonder if you’ll be able to interact with any of the Doctors, or only the current incarnation Matt Smith. If not they’d be missing a great opportunity to show young viewers what a crotchety, old bastard the Doctor used to be.
The official press release is after the jump.
BBC WORLDWIDE AND THREE RINGS JOIN FORCES FOR FIRST EVER DOCTOR WHO MULTIPLAYER ONLINE GAME
Los Angeles – February 24, 2011 – Leading up to the San Francisco Game Developers Conference (GDC), BBC Worldwide today announced a major new partnership with game developer Three Rings to create BBC Worldwide’s first ever free-to-play multiplayer online game centered around blockbuster drama television show, Doctor Who.
For the first time ever, players from around the world will be able to follow in the footsteps of the eccentric and brilliant Doctor by travelling through time and space, exploring new worlds and encountering many alien races, both friend and foe. Titled Doctor Who: Worlds in Time, the game allows players to enter the TARDIS and be set a challenge by the mysterious Time Lord to help him defend civilized culture against infamous Doctor Who enemies.
Robert Nashak, EVP Digital Entertainment at BBC Worldwide says, “Doctor Who: Worlds in Time will be a free-to-play multiplayer online game that invites players to save the universe by using their wits to solve time-bending puzzles and pulse-pounding challenges. Three Rings is the ideal team for this groundbreaking creative partnership. Not only are they visionaries in the online gaming space, they are lifelong Doctor Who fans with a passion for delivering the level of quality that our players will expect and deserve.”
Daniel James, CEO Three Rings says, “Three Rings is delighted and honored to have the opportunity to create an online game based on Doctor Who. Our goal with ‘Words in Time’ is to capture the imaginative spirit and depth of the series, whilst being fun and easy to play for all ages.”
Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is developed to be both highly engaging and fun, allowing players to socialize and foster genuine cooperation, building a global community where fans worldwide will now be able to experience firsthand the exciting action and adventure synonymous with Doctor Who. Development is well underway and is expected to launch later this year.