Brookmyre's Bedlam sparks computer game release

Brookmyre's Bedlam sparks computer game release

A computer game based on Christopher Brookmyre’s Bedlam (Orbit) – a book about computer games – is to be released next year.

The original first-person shooter (FPS), by UK developer RedBedlam, has been written in collaboration with Scottish novelist Brookmyre.

Bedlam the videogame will mirror the events from the book, which is published in paperback on 21st January 2014.

Brookmyre said: “A lot of my writing has been inspired by videogames and it has always been a big part of my life. When the guys at RedBedlam got in touch to see if I was interested in creating a game with them, I jumped at the chance and have since been consistently thrilled to see my own literary worlds visualised so accurately.

Bedlam is a tribute to gaming in all its forms and the part it has played in all our lives – as well as being a top quality FPS adventure in itself. I look forward to seeing more of these fantastic characters and worlds fully realised and I think people are going to really enjoy what we’ve put together.”

The plot of the game sees the player, a regular man with a regular job, subjected to a variety of tests only to wake in a videogame world in which he is a grunt designed purely to be cannon fodder for someone else.

In attempting to find out how this has happened and what strange space he is in, the player progresses through a variety of familiar gaming worlds, relentlessly pursued by an enigmatic predator, an organisation known as Integrity that will be rid of him at all costs.

The game will pay tribute to titles including Pacman, Manic Miner, Quake II, Medal of Honour and Skyrim.

Nick Witcher, marketing director at RedBedlam, said: “Having always been a fan of Christopher’s novels, we’re hugely excited to be working with him on this unique project.
“With such a talented mind behind the invention of the game world and writing the game itself, it’s going to be a tremendous title that surfaces in 2014.”

The game will appear on Steam – a platform that allows games to be downloaded onto a computer – in the summer of 2014.

Another two novel and game tie-ins are already planned.