And now for something completely different

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition - and it's very hard to know what to expect from the news that a UK games developer has bought the rights to Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Will we be auditioning for the Ministry of Silly Walks? Falling in behind the Knight Who Hits People with a Chicken? Or playing organ tunes in the nude?

Zattikka will say no more than that the game will be 'a homage to all the characters, settings, sketches and comedic approach that has made Monty Python a worldwide phenomenon'.

It will first be made available on Facebook, although the company is promising a web version. There should be more details in a week or two.

"Monty Python is one of the most iconic comedy licenses around, but there has been no new material for over 20 years", says Tim Chaney, CEO of Zattikka.

"By acquiring these rights we will be transporting Monty Python into the 21st Century, with a totally new experience for their unique comedy that will delight old and new fans alike. Forget Web 2.0, this is Python two point one and three quarters."

The Python team - and in particular Terry Gilliam, who created the show's surreal animation - has been involved in the development process.

 “Knowing they are looking over our shoulder has inspired the entire team to create a game that will live up to the standards set by the Pythons themselves and delivers a fantastic experience for the fans," says Jim McDonagh, external producer for Zattikka.