As the Nickelodeon hit show The Legend of Korra revs up for a third season a deal is made to help bring the show into the gaming world. Platinum Games, the developers behind MadWorld, Bayonetta and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance have taken on the task of making a downloadable Legend of Korra video game. So far the title has no release date, but will be coming to most consoles.
The Legend of Korra is the continuation of the American animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Years after Aang’s story has ended, the next Avatar, Korra emerges to fulfill her legendary role. The Avatar series has had a full trilogy in video game form. However, none of these games were done by Platinum Games, and they were all received rather poorly. So what is stopping this new Korra game from being as bad as all the past Avatar games?
The biggest most obvious change is taking THQ off of the series and replacing them with Activision and Platinum Games. Activision has published most of the Guitar Hero series as well as the current COD game, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Platinum Games has a powerful reputation for making solid action and beat’em up games, the Bayonetta series alone proves this.
How exactly is this new Korra game suited for the fans? For starters, fans can vote on which cover art they like most. In addition, it won’t be trying to follow a premade plot like the previous Avatar games, instead this game takes place between seasons two and three of The Legend of Korra. This downloadable game will explore a new plot and even involve a new villain.
Just as in the show, Korra can manipulate all four elements. Each of these elements, (fire, earth, water, wind) is suited for a particular type of combat. Water bending is best for far away enemies, while fire is more suited for fast close-range action. Earth is slower but packs more of a punch and air bending has more area of effect attacks as well as transportation benefits. The challenge for Platinum Games will be making each element type useful yet faithful to the show.
A number of mini-games will also be present and will deal with situations differently than Korra normally would. However, these are more of a side attraction, the real shine of the game will still be the combat. Switching attacking styles comes fluently in combat and allows for fun and creative combos. A lot of attention was paid to the show considering it already is an expansive world. Sounds were not taken from the show but they were modeled to be similar yet more suited for a video game world.
No release date has been given for the new Legend of Korra game. It will be a downloadable game and is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC. Another Korra game is being developed specifically for the Nintendo 3DS, but it will not be an action game; instead it is a turn-based strategy game.