Lionsgate are partnering up with video games company Kabam to produce a mobile game adaptation of their successful Hunger Games movies, fitting into the genre of a card-collecting, role-playing strategy. Within the game, players will take control of District members across Panem who have been sent on a mission to build alliances and, ultimately, help rebuild the world. The game, like with Kabam’s other gaming titles, will be entirely free to play.
The Hunger Games movie franchise, which stars Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence as protagonist Katniss Everdeen (and is based on a series of novels of the same name by Suzanne Collins), has become a global phenomenon since the release of the first film back in 2012. The first two installments alone have grossed more than $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office, and last year’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has since become the 10th highest-grossing domestic release of all time. The next two sequels, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, will be released on November 21, 2014, and November 20, 2015 respectively.
The game will be developed in the same studio where fellow game adaptation The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth was developed, which itself ended up generating more than $100 million in revenue during its first year alone and is ongoing. It is hoped that the adaptation of The Hunger Games will achieve similar success