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Mad Max Goes Open World in 2014

| 11 Jun 2013 19:19

The Road Warrior - they man they called Max - is finally getting his very own videogame.

It's kind of odd, when you think about it, that Mad Max has provided one of the most common templates for the post-apocalyptic look, and yet Max himself has gone almost completely ignored by videogames. But that will change in 2014 when Warner Bros. Interactive rolls out Mad Max, an open-world third-person action game in which "cars are the key to survival."

Developed by Avalanche Studios, the team behind Just Cause and Renegade Ops, Mad Max will put players behind the wheels of Frankenstein machines roaring across The Wasteland, a scarred desert crawling with gangs of vicious bandits. Only those mobile enough to scavenge, or brutal enough to pillage, will survive to collect the supplies they need to build "the ultimate combat vehicle."

"The Wasteland lends itself incredibly well to the high level of player freedom with which Avalanche Studios has become synonymous," Avalanche co-founder Christofer Sundberg said. "This unforgiving environment inspired us to create a gritty and diverse experience where driving, fighting and scavenging are essential for survival."

I'm a pretty big fan of Mad Max - I've often daydreamed of painting "PURSUIT" across the back of my car - but I'm not sure how I feel about this. I love the idea of a Mad Max game (although I would've preferred it set in the timeline of the original movie rather than The Road Warrior era) but I think the great likelihood is that it'll fall short of expectations, especially since this launch trailer, save for the appearance of the Interceptor, is utterly generic post-apocalyptica.

Still, fingers crossed that they don't blow it up - since that really would, after all, be a shame. Mad Max is slated to come out in 2014 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC. To find out more, hit up MadMaxGame.com.

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