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Published On: Tue, Aug 27th, 2013

‘Mad Max Fury Road’ not directly tied to new video game, ‘tie-in games tend to be bad’

The new Mad Max game is considered a standalone story and not just a link to the upcoming film Mad Max Fury Road.

Avalanche Studios said the story in its Mad Max game is “standalone,” which seemed a bit strange for fans as the new  Mad Max film Fury Road approaches.

Tom Hardy on set of Mad Max Fury Road

Tom Hardy on set of Mad Max Fury Road

At Gamescom Joystiq asked senior game designer Emil Kraftling to clarify the relationship between game and movie, and why Avalanche Studios went with its own standalone story.

“We aren’t limited as such by the contents of the [new] movie,” Kraftling told us. “But we are able to use whatever contents of the movie that ties well into the games.”

Joystiq summarizes that the game is Avalanche’s own interpretation of Mad Max’s manic, post-apocalyptic universe, and the studio wants to stay true to its core aspects.

Here’s why the movie tie-in wasn’t appealing.

“It is a standalone experience,” Kraftling reiterated. “From the get go that’s how we wanted it, because movie tie-in games tend to be quite bad, and we really want to be wary of heading there. We wanted to create the game with a game experience as the primary focus, and we want core gamers to be able to enjoy this game. We want to enjoy the game ourselves. We want to make a game that we want to play.”

 Mad Max: Fury Road will reboot the franchise, having Tom Hardy take over for Mel Gibson with co-stars Nicholas Hoult, Charlize Theron, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nathan Jones and Riley Keough. George Miller is directing.

Fury Road is still scheduled for 2014, but no firm date has been set.

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  1. Richard Collins says:

    Fury road is not a reboot. It is an inter-quel set between Mad Max 1 and The Road Warrior.

    It explains how Max headed north.

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