Hasbro, Activision and Double Helix have teamed up to bring Battleship, inspired by that rather famous game where you call out grid co-ordinates and try to sink your opponent's naval fleet, to consoles this spring.
Apparently it will look to combine strategic naval simulation with "boots on the ground" action, to coincide with the upcoming movie of the same name, which will star Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna, and, for some bizarre unknown (no pun intended here) reason, Liam Neeson.
"We're geared up for an outrageous sea and land conflict with the all new Battleship videogame," said David Oxford, Activision Publishing. "Inspired by the film's exciting action and stunning backdrop, the game is next-gen naval warfare that thrusts players into the middle of humanity's last stand against an unfamiliar menace."
You'll play as Cole Mathis, a demolitions expert who (and the press release wasn't clear exactly how) will find himself commanding an entire U.S. naval fleet, and must use said fleet to fight off underwater aliens (we're not making this up!), off the coast of Hawaii. As Mathis, you will have to mastermind a "'siege on the sea', while simultaneously rallying the troops on land for a terrifying "'war on the shore'."
"With a Battleship videogame, we have an amazing opportunity to take our beloved property and give it a modern-day spin," said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media and Marketing at Hasbro. "The merging of tactical and action elements immerses players in an epic maritime conflict. Activision is completely up to the task of delivering a high-intensity thrill ride that's perfectly suited for today's console owners."
This isn't the first time we've seen a mashup between strategy and FPS genres, with the likes of Nuclear Dawn showing that there's progress to be made here. Activision says that players will find themselves "seamlessly switching between battlefield and overview 'Battle Command' map, the Hasbro game is brought to life as carriers, frigates, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and the legendary USS Missouri Battleship pummel the enemy in a race to strategic points that turn the tide of battle."
Double Helix have previously delivered Front Mission Evolved and Silent Hill: Homecoming.