Tiger Eye Crosses Over To PC
Paranormal romance has gained a solid foothold in the world of books and TV. I know a few people who are fans of the stuff and chances are you know someone like that yourself. That’s why I decided to share with you a few tidbits from a press release I received.
New gaming company, PassionFruit Games, launches with first of its kind romance casual game based on bestselling author Marjorie M. Liu’s Tiger Eye novel.”
PassionFruit Games acknowledges the challenges of turning a popular book into digital entertainment and of adhering closely to the book’s storyline. In their quest to stay true to the novel, all members of the team—from artist to programmer—read Tiger Eye, as well as other novels in the Dirk & Steele universe, to get a feel for the “essence” of the game. The producer and lead designer held regular video conferences with Marjorie to go over the latest design ideas and Marjorie herself wrote the script for the game and is involved with the game every step of the way, giving input on scene art, character design, and voice actor selection.
Romance Games Aren’t New
Fans of anime and manga are well aware that romance games are pretty popular overseas. Several anime shows have been based on Dating Sims. Unfortunately, it seems like most of the games that get translated into English and imported to the U.S. are hentai games.
I’d like to see PassionFruit succeed for my own selfish reasons. I want to see a wider range of games available in the U.S. market.
Can paranormal romance do as well in games as it does in books and TV?
I think paranormal romance has a better shot at opening gaming up to these kinds of games than any other type of romance. The best time for it is now. Paranormal romance has become familiar to a wider audience thanks to TV shows like Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and, more recently, True Blood. Even movies and books have paved the way to mainstream success with titles like Twilight.
I believe paranormal romance has a very strong chance at gaming success.
I’d love to see an Anita Blake:Vampire Hunter game, but I’m afraid it would be a First Person Shooter.
Info on Tiger Eye: Curse of the Riddle Box
The game is scheduled to be released in April 2010. A $6.99 standard package will be available as well as a $9.99 premium package with extra goodies.
You can pre-order the game, send holiday e-cards and get more info from the PassionFruit Games Web Site.
Here’s some info on the story…
The Tiger Eye novel, which Publishers Weekly praised as a “first-rate debut” and “a striking paranormal romance,” tells the story of Dela, a woman with psychic abilities who buys a riddle box in Beijing’s Dirt Market and opens it to find an ancient warrior, Hari, bound to serve as a slave to the person who has opened the box. The action moves between China and the U.S. and PassionFruit Games will mirror this international scope through two games, the first to take place in China and the second in the U.S. PassionFruit games also plans to involve readers in the release of Tiger Eye: Curse of the Riddle Box with the chance for a select few fans to be Beta testers and with fan voting on looks for the character, Long Nu.
Tiger Eye: Curse of the Riddle Box Concept Art
About The Creators
Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney, and the New York Times bestselling author of short stories, novellas, and two ongoing series: Dirk & Steele novels of paranormal romance, and the Hunter Kiss urban fantasy series. She wrote NYX: No Way Home, for Marvel Comics, and is co-writing the ongoing bestselling Dark Wolverine series. Marjorie divides her time between the American Midwest, and Beijing/Shanghai, China. For a complete listing of all her work, please visit her website at: www.marjoriemliu.com
PassionFruit Games was founded by a group of individuals who had created several critically-acclaimed casual games together before establishing their own independent studio. Their mission is to bring stories and characters to life through lushly-painted interactive environments and captivating cinematics, while providing engaging, entertaining gameplay. The PassionFruit Games team members also worked on the critically acclaimed Nancy Drew Dossier game when they were at Her Interactive; the game was just chosen as the “Best Hidden Object Game of 2009” by Yahoo! Games.