With the Scott Pilgrim movie nearing completion, it was only a matter of time before the video game-themed comic got a video game adaptation of its own. But don't worry, the game promises to be as nostalgic as the books.
Ubisoft has announced that it plans to make a game based on Bryan Lee O'Malley's six-book series, and it's certainly a game tie-in that makes sense. After all, the entire Scott Pilgrim universe seems to be trapped inside an indie rock arcade game. In each book, Scott must defeat one or more of his girlfriend Ramona's evil exes, who each present special challenges and possess otherworldly abilities. And whenever Scott defeats an enemy, he vanishes leaving behind some sort of reward (the most creepy being the extra life, shaped like Scott's head).
Ubisoft is looking to retain the character and charm of the books, opting for a classic side-scrolling design and working with O'Malley to develop the gameplay. As much as I'm geeking out over Edgar Wright's daily dispatches from the Scott Pilgrim film set, I suspect the game might prove a more apt adaptation, since the structure of the books is more suited to a video game. And O'Malley has promised plenty of fun gaming treats for fans:
It's still in the really early stages, but we're talking about having lots of characters, lots of Easter Eggs for readers of the books – a lot of stuff that couldn't fit into the movie but is more suited to the game. That's what I'd like to see and what we're working on.