Very rarely does a video game come along that looks to be just as badass as the film it’s based on – and find a way to expand upon the mythology effectively. It’s been accomplished with Star Wars: Battlefront (their upcoming installment including downloadable prequel footage for Star Wars 7), and with Mad Max: Fury Road a few weeks away, it may also be possible for the Mad Max video game, if the new trailer is any indication.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Avalanche Studios (the makers of open-world carnage-fest Just Cause) released a new gameplay overview the upcoming Mad Max, the post-apocalyptic vehicular combat single-player title, based on the Mad Max film series, which will be available on Ps4, Xbox One and PC.
It had been assumed early on that the studio’s plans to reboot the Mad Max movie series with star Tom Hardy would coincide with the video game, as a tie-in of sorts. But when the game’s hero was shown to be closer to Mel Gibson’s likeness than Fury Road star Tom Hardy, it was assumed – and later confirmed – to be a standalone story set in the universe the films first established.
Still, there will be overt connections to the original film series. The game will feature the V8 Inceptor (aka the Pursuit Special) which is the same vehicle driven at the end of Mad Max and the first half of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (and has been slightly modified in Fury Road into the Silver Inceptor).
The video game will allow players to step into not only the boots of the Road Warrior himself, but the Wasteland and its few iconic locations: Gas Road (a densely populated urban area), The Great White (a dried out sea-bed scattered with rusted ships) and Dead Barren’s Pass (a link to the two previous areas). Since it’s drawing its inspiration from the original film series, the events of the game will all take place before the events of Fury Road.
Even so, there’s only so much you can change the character of ‘Mad Max’ – meaning the game protagonist will endure similar fight-to-the-death struggles (and massive explosions) as Max Rockatansky (Hardy) in the film. However, while Fury Road teams Max with the mysterious Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), the game version will team up with a character right at home in the world of Thunderdome: Chumbucket, an “idiot savant sidekick” who happens to be an extremely skilled mechanic.
Together, the two take control of a new, heavily customizable vehicle known as the “Magnum Opus.” The main villain of the game is Scrotus, while Fury Road will introduce Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) to the established universe. Cementing just how much one new take on Max will be returning to its roots as the other writes a new chapter, the trailer above also features the Thunderdome, the famous caged arena from the third Mad Max film (though it’s unclear what role it will play in the game).
Film franchises adapted into video games usually run into trouble when they attempt to tell the same story, so it may prove a wise move to see that the Mad Max game will instead be expanding the existing world in an interactive way. It seems the game and the film will compliment each other nicely, helping fans further delve into the Mad Max mythos—perhaps even discover a few obscure easter eggs or coincidental events along the way.
Mad Max: Fury Road opens in U.S. theaters on May 15, with the Mad Max video game will be available September 1, 2015.
Source: Warner Bros.