Rocky vidgame connects

MGM licenses property to Ubisoft

HOLLYWOOD — Fans looking for another dose of the “Rocky” saga can forget about the bigscreen and turn on the PlayStation.

MGM has licensed the stories and characters from all five films in the boxing saga to vidgame publisher Ubisoft, which is adapting them into a new game that serves as a prequel to the “Rocky” movies.

Dubbed Rocky Legends, game will feature untold backstories of Rocky Balboa and three of his biggest opponents from the movies: Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang and Ivan Drago.

Reflecting the growing importance of sophisticated stories for games, Rocky Legends’ fighting action is complemented by a story developed by Ubisoft and developer Venom Games in consultation with MGM.

“Rocky Legends will again showcase our diversified and successful approach in collaboration with strong partners for our videogame business,” said Neil Haldar, VP of production and business development for the Lion’s interactive division.

Game won’t feature the voices of any of the movies’ stars, but Ubisoft does have the rights to use the physical likeness of Sylvester Stallone and pics’ other thesps.

Rocky Legends, which is skedded for release in the fall, is a follow-up to the 2002 Rocky game, a more standard fighting game that sold a moderately successful 452,000 units.

In other vidgame licensing news, Nickelodeon has four new games based on its SpongeBob SquarePants, Fairly Oddparents, Jimmy Neutron, and other properties in development with publisher THQ for release later this year.

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