There’s an Ong-Bak video game coming…

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I don’t know how many of you are in to foreign martial arts flicks, but if you are, you’ve no doubt seen Tony Jaa’s Ong-Bak. It’s a Thai movie about a young kickboxer trying to retrieve a sacred treasure from from Bangkok’s crime under world – featuring some of the very best martial artistry ever committed to celluloid.

Released nearly a decade ago, it’s now getting a video game adaptation.

Studio HIVE has announced it’s acquired the licence to use the property for video games, and will be bringing Ong-Bak to consoles later this year.

Ong-Bak is well known as a powerful international martial arts brand,” says Sahamongkol Film International business development director Akarapol Techaratanaprasert in a press release “We are very selective with our licensing partners and found in Studio HIVE the right partner to bring Ong-Bak to gaming platforms. “Their approach to tie in movie and game is the right way to create a perfect interactive entertainment.

Kan Supabanpot, General Manager at Studio HIVE adds: “It’s a great honour for our team to work on the very first Ong-Bak multiplatform game. As a Thai development studio we love the movie and have a deep understanding of the Ong-Bak brand values and we make sure that the videogame will be an inspiring martial arts action experience for gamers.”

I just don’t see this working, but I delight in being proved wrong. The last game I played that was based off of an asian film property was Stranglehold, featuring a digital version of Chow Yun Fat. It…wasn’t too bad, provided you’re able to disengage your brain for a few hours.

Last Updated: January 18, 2012

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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