Traveller’s Tales spent $1 million pitching a sport based mostly on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movie.
Based on Traveller’s Tales founder Jon Burton, the studio finest recognized for creating LEGO video games pitched a sport based mostly on The Hobbit and spent $1 million on it.
Burton mentioned in his GameHut video, which reveals footage of the failed pitch for Xbox 360, the demo was designed to persuade Peter Jackson the studio was properly outfitted to provide a sport outdoors of the LEGO sequence. The pitch was additionally to be despatched to Guillermo del Toro who was at one time hooked up to direct the movie.
The studio was given six months to create a demo for the sport to pitch on the finish of 2009. To show how the studio felt a film tie-in sport must be created, the workforce used The Lord of the Rings as a template. In the long run, Traveller’s Tales made 4 completely different polished ranges and 5 extra tech demos.
Two of the degrees featured stealth gameplay starring Frodo, one other was of Gandalf preventing Saruman in Isengard, and one other degree was of Gandalf preventing the Balrog in Khazad-dum (Moria).
Along with the degrees, there was a demo of Aragorn preventing Uruk-hai at Amon Hen, Frodo and Sam at Weathertop (Amon Sul) making an attempt to keep away from the Nazgul, a tech demo displaying what number of enemies that might be utilized in battle, Frodo and Sam wandering across the Shire, and fast sequence in Rivendell to indicate how the workforce might use movement seize to recreate moments from the movie.
“So we mainly went method too far and spent method an excessive amount of cash making this demo,” mentioned Burton. “However I actually wished to indicate what we might do past simply the Lego video games,” Burton mentioned.
In February of 2009, Burton says he packed up his Xbox 360 and flew to New Zealand to pitch the demo to Jackson and del Toro.
“The demo went positive, it didn’t crash or something, and Guillermo [del Toro] particularly was super-positive and really excited by it,” mentioned Burton. “The suggestions we obtained was that they have been blissful for us to make a live-action Hobbit sport.”
Nonetheless, ultimately, Warner Bros. which holds the rights to the movie and sport franchise wished a sport that wasn’t based mostly straight on the films however one set in the identical world.
“I don’t know if inner politics performed a job within the determination or not, however ultimately, the sport was by no means greenlit,” mentioned Burton.
In case you are concerned about taking a look at clips of the pitch, you need to give Burton’s video a watch.
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