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Activision announces Men in Black game

The new Men in Black movie might be experiencing production problems (word is the script needed mid-shoot rewrites, so you know it's good), but that hasn't stopped Activision from assembling together a team of highly-skilled agents to work on a game based on the franchise. Today, the Call of Duty publisher revealed that they're putting together a Men in Black game and aiming it for a Spring 2012 release date... as long as the movie finishes in time. You know, if they're able to find funny things for Will Smith to say as he shoots aliens and talks to a dog. 

“The Men In Black franchise is an unbeatable starting point to deliver a genre-bending gaming experience with a level of production value on par with Hollywood,” said David Oxford, Executive Vice President of Activision Publishing. In the press release, Activision promises an experience that will stay true to the spirit of the franchise, with action-packed gameplay intertwined with a lighthearted tone.

Activision didn't go into any additional details on what the game will actually entail, and the images released so far don't really give us the most in-depth look, either. The only interesting thing that can be discerned is that it doesn't look like the player is going to be playing as Will Smith's character, at least not all the time. The guy in the first image is likely either a young Tommy Lee Jones (Men in Black III's plot involves time traveling) or a new character entirely. If it's a new character, maybe they're going to make a Mass Effect-style game – that would actually work, and be quite interesting.

For as easy as it is to be negative about Activision making a game based on a dated movie franchise, we can't forget how surprisingly good X-Men Origins: Wolverine was. It's been a few years, they're totally due for another fluke success, right?

Oct 13, 2011

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12 comments

  • Spybreak8 - October 15, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    That totally looks like, from the screen shot/promo, James Bond fitting an alien lol.
  • Spybreak8 - October 15, 2011 11:54 a.m.

    umm fighting, is what I meant to type. Also let's hope they market this game well lol.
  • IceBlueKirby - October 13, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    I wasn't aware of a new MIB movie, so that's pretty cool. This game might be cool too, only time will tell.
  • Linktoreality - October 13, 2011 5:23 p.m.

    I'd love this if you get to make your own character, and give them whatever letter-name you want! ...ah, hell, I'll possibly love this anyways.
  • Crypto140 - October 13, 2011 1:26 p.m.

    Men in Black III will involve time traveling? Ohhhhhh.......
  • sft10 - October 13, 2011 1:11 p.m.

    Great, another cash grab from activision, because we totally need more of those.
  • flabslapper - October 13, 2011 11:40 a.m.

    I only really enjoyed the first movie and the cartoon, so if they keep with the humor of the movie, the game could actually be fun And since it's Activision we can either expect a. if it sells poorly the developing studio will get shut down b. if it sells well we can expect a game every six months and some sort of peripheral (though if it was one of the guns from the movie I'd probably buy it lol)
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - October 13, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    the best part of this news story for me was discovering there was a third men in black film on the way! even if the script re-writes and my own pessimism with movies have dampened that news slightly.
  • Jordanonfire - October 13, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    I loooooove Men in Black...
  • lilspooky - October 13, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    i was interested till i saw Activision...
  • EHyundai - October 13, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    as long as theres no will smith voice acting I'm interested

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