Not Cillian Murphy – he’s distinctively average looking and below average height in real life – but actual Tommy Shelby.
Birmingham’s prodigal son could charm the skin off a snake and I’d love nothing more than to flex my muscles as the Don of the Peaky Blinders while wearing a flat cap and a nice three-piece suit.
In all likelihood I’ll probably never get that opportunity, but there’s still a chance in the virtual world thanks to a Peaky Blinders video game that’s on the way.
Due to come out in 2020 on console and PC, developers Endemol, in partnership with Curve Digital and FuturLab, the game is described as a “narrative action game inspired by the critically acclaimed, epic gangster drama”.
Immediately my mind suddenly thinks of a GTA style game where you can drive around in vintage cars with Arthur just causing absolute mayhem.
At this early stage I’m not entirely sure that’s going to be the case, though, with a press release saying that the game will be “a highly innovative, story-driven design” with players being able to control “all of their favourite characters” and explore the familiar locations from the Peaky Blinders.
“We are thrilled to be working with Endemol Shine Group on this unique IP,” said Curve Digital CEO Dominic Wheatley in a press release. “Peaky Blinders is at the top of my list of favourite TV shows and the characters and stories will now be transformed into an interactive experience. Can’t wait”.
He’s absolutely buzzing.
Furthermore, Anil Mistry, director of games and gambling at Endemol, stated that the technology behind the game will deliver the full TV experience to fans:
“In Curve and FuturLab we have great partners who will deliver a high-end game which can be enjoyed by fans of the series and gamers alike.
The unique world created by the Peaky Blinders series lends itself incredibly well to this style of gaming, and players can look forward to an authentic, original and immersive game experience.”
I suppose this is exciting news if you’re a fan of both the series and the show.
However, the Peaky Blinders world largely revolves around one street and a pub so I hope they plan on making the game maps a little bit more expansive.
Not like Red Dead big but still, pretty large.
And if you can’t play as Arthur I really don’t want to know. No pressure.
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