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Company of Heroes - Now Coming To Television

By Bis18marck7004-12-2012

Here I was thinking that Company of Heroes was a perfectly fine and well-designed PC game and that Band of Brothers was a great little series on the horrific war of the western front. That was me done. Series – PC Game. My direct German mind could process this, no problem whatsoever. So you can imagine that it did hit me similar to a Tiger Tank going at full speed through a barn house when I saw that a movie will be made on, or around, the game of CoH. Truth be told, something like this had to come at some point but it still struck me as quite a surprise. After actually checking if this was not some joyous hoax and getting over the  laugh attack infused in me by the incredibly ‘accurate’ German Panzer model, I am now at the point where rationality meets insanity; reason meets the perverse and the abyss drawing me ever closer.

The Trailer is basically what happens when today’s technology meets a cheesy 70’s gung-ho America for-the-win attitude. The whole plot speaks volumes:

“During the last major German offensive of World War II, a company of American soldiers is lost behind enemy lines during the Battle of the Bulge and they make a horrific discovery – Hitler has a super bomb in development. The soldiers soon learn about a secret allied mission to retrieve a defecting German scientist in charge of a secret weapons program. Faced with impossible odds, the company and an escaping POW go on a daring raid into the heart of Nazi Germany in pursuit of the scientist.”

Courtesy of IGN

The end product might be different but I wouldn’t be surprised if the bad guys (you-know-who) can’t shoot straight to the point where one would question how the hell they managed to get into 40Km of Moscow and the celebrated heroes being total bad asses that run around with the whole CoD:MW2 perk collection. Sure. the whole thing could have been taken somewhere decent. The Assassin’s Creed mini-series is the perfect example. But why some people still think that it’s a good idea to mix different forms of media is beyond me. And why others watch it is even more baffling. I mean, how often does it actually pay off? A shame really.

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I think mixing different media can be productive if they are done purposefully and with the collaboration of the creators of the game. For example, the Hawken live-action trailers, while not at all necessary, look pretty good and make the idea of the web series seem actually pretty promising.

Ubisoft also pulled off some great marketing for Future Soldier with their short film intro to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSEcsWcnHy4

...then again they also brought us that Team Ghost trailer: