Alex Phillimore: (alex.phillimore-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2014-01-08 12:57:48
The Book of Pooh
Disney has announced its first next-gen video game, available on the PS4, Xbox One and Ouya, and it's...a surprise, to say the least.
The Book of Pooh is due out Q3 2014 and progress on the game is already going well. Interestingly, the game is something new for Disney. Perhaps buying out more action-packed properties such as Marvel and Star Wars has given them a thirst for adventure, because in The Book of Pooh, this honey bear is baaaaaad.
Pooh is an action adventure game that sees the player joining up with a gang of forest stompers called the '100 Acre Wood Warriors'. Confirmed playable characters include Rabbit, Piglet, Pooh Bear, Tigger, Owl and Donkey, each of whom will have their own special combat abilities. The official product description for the game is as follows:
"It's another sunny day in Pooh's homeland and Christopher Robin is in biiiiiiig trouble. He forgot Pooh Bear's birthday and now the ursa major is going nuts. Roam the 100 Acre Wood taking out Pooh's frustrations on the critters of the forest! Collect power-ups in your search for combustible honey! Form a posse with Pooh's friends to get revenge on the boy who neglected them! It's Pooh Bear & Friends like you've never seen them before in Disney's The Book of Pooh, coming late 2014."
I'm excited for this game. The sense of humour seems to be firmly in the 'comic violence/slapstick' vein, and I think it will be incredibly amusing to play as Owl and drop pots on the heads of unsuspecting residents of the 100 Acre Wood. I also like what this says about Disney - despite having a child-friendly approach, they also seem to understand that children can appreciate getting up to a good bit of mischief every once in a while. I hope The Book of Pooh has online play - it would be great fun forming an animal posse and bumbling around A.A Milne's imagination.