When I was a kid, the game I loved above all others was Altered Beast. I plunked more quarters into that arcade game than I care to admit. Sega recently announced the game is being developed for a possible television or film project with Circle of Confusion.
The video game is about a warrior who is given the power to morph into various creatures, such as a werewolf, werebear, etc., by the Greek god, Zeus. The player starts out skinny, but defeats enemies and collects orbs that make him stronger and stronger until finally morphing into the beast of that level. Sadly, you couldn’t keep the beast from level to level and instead morphed into something new.
For those that didn’t play it in the arcade, it was one of the first games developed for the 16-bit Sega Genesis video game system and was even included in early versions. Sega’s storytelling arm, Stories Intl., has partnered with Circle of Confusion the makers of such hits as Showtime’s Outcast, AMC’s Feat the Walking dead and the Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell feature film, Mr. Right.
Hollywood doesn’t have a great track record with video game adaptations, having bookcased a few hits with a slew of failures, but given the pedigree of Circle of Confusion, it could be a good match. Let’s just hope Uwe Boll keeps his hands away from this title.
There is no word on what types of projects the game will have or any plotlines, etc. It’s in the beginning stages, and I’m sure more information will come available as time goes on.
Circle of Confusion may also have plans for other Sega titles, including House of the Dead and Virtua Fighter.