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Diesel Powered: New Chronicles Of Riddick, Maybe MMO?

I’ve not seen the third Riddick movie yet, but oh boy do I plan to. Obviously Pitch Black is a great action movie – how could anyone question a film with the opening line, “They say most of your brain shuts down in cryo-sleep. All but the primitive side, the animal side. No wonder I’m still awake,”? But then comes The Chronicles Of Riddick – a film that’s so ludicrously under-appreciated. Yes, it’s unintelligible madness from beginning to end, but it’s also a true epic, in a way that even the biggest, most expensive films just aren’t any more. And Judi Dench has never been better miscast in her career. Bloated, nonsensical, and utterly glorious, today I laud this hated film before you. And then get around to mentioning that hideously, I’ve never played Escape From Butcher Bay. I’ll put that right soon enough, especially with the news that Vin Diesel says he’s pulled the creative team back together for another title.

This news reaches us via the rather obscure path of an interview in Screencrush, latterly found by NeoGAF, and then reported by OXM. And now we’re telling you! Churnalism!

It seems that the team from Starbreeze who made the first two games are regathered once more, under Diesel’s own Tigon Studios, to make a third installment in the Chronicles series, following on from 2009’s Assault On Dark Arena. Except this time the initialism-of-doom has been mentioned, MMO. Diesel told Screencrush,

“There’s this huge concept which is more of a MMO game that would be centered around people being able to play mercs and it’s basically the merc trade. There’s a very cool game concept behind that.”

Before shooting them all in the head with a shotgun, and inexplicably surviving an alien attack.

Quite what to make of that odd description I’m not sure, but even though the studio has since plopped out the stinky Wheelman, there’s pedigree with this franchise, and more than enough good reasons to be interested to see what comes of it. If they don’t cast Judi Dench in it, however, it could be in real trouble.

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