New Doctor Who video game is less of an enigma

Posted by CB Droege

Last week, BBC Worldwide confirmed a Doctor Who video game is in development by Supermassive Games (of Little Big Planet fame).

Dubbed Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock, the announcement was made via this teaser:

Fortunately, the BBC has released some additional details in its official twitter feed for the game. Here’s what we know so far, from the Twitter feed and the release that accompanied last week’s announcement:

Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock will be the first in a planned series of games featuring the doctor, with two
more titles already slated to follow the first. The game will feature the voices of the current stars of the show, Matt Smith (The Doctor) and Alex Kingston (River Song), and yes, both of them are going to be playable characters.

The plot is wholly new to the Doctor Who story, though it is unclear if the tale will be considered canon like the most recent Doctor Who games which interspersed last season.

Motion capture is being used to create in-game 3D avatars which are as accurate as possible. Combined with photo-realistic graphics, the claim is that the game will feature "television quality scenes."

Also, whatever the plot is, it will undoubtedly deal with many of the classic Doctor Who "monsters," though the actual villains of the game have yet to be announced.

In the release, Robert Nashak, EVP of Digital Entertainment at BBC Worldwide, said: "We’re creating these new games for Playstation 3 and Vita with adaptations that will bring the wonder, adventure and madness of Doctor Who to each platform. Working with a top-tier UK development partner like Supermassive Games demonstrates BBC Worldwide’s commitment to create world-class Doctor Who games for fans of the show and gamers alike."

We’ve also got this new synopsis:

Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock will immerse gamers in the universe of Doctor Who, allowing them to take on the role of the Doctor and River Song as they travel across time and space to save the Earth. Gamers must learn to master the complexities of time travel with exceptional time based game play, changes made in one time will impact another creating multiple possibilities and challenging players to solve puzzles across the centuries.

Still no idea of what game-play genre it will be, but I’m going to guess that it’s a puzzle adventure game, but is it more like Professor Layton or Monkey Island? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock is a DLC slated to hit all Sony platforms (PSP, PS3 and PSVita) and Windows in early 2012.  Although the download platform for the PC isn't yet specified we can all hope it will be Steam.