Master Chief. Tommy Vercetti. Flower, the matriarch of the Whiskers clan.
Yes, if all goes according to plan, the late four-legged star of Animal Planet's Meerkat Manor may join the ranks of the gaming elite. Discovery Communications today announced that it has formed a partnership with game publisher Activision to create games based on its suite of original programming, which includes shows on Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, The Learning Channel, and more.
While no specific titles were mentioned, one representative for the company told Reuters that Orangutan Island and the Kalahari Desert soap opera Meerkat Manor were among the shows that would get the game adaptation treatment. Discovery later semi-retracted the statement, saying that "no decisions had been made on specific titles."
Activision, which publishes games such as Guitar Hero III and Call of Duty 4, has experience working with educational cable channels. The Santa Monica-based company previously worked with The History Channel on a handful of titles, including History Channel's The Alamo, The History Channel: Civil War, and The History Channel: Battle for the Pacific.
"We are really trying to get away from being a cable company and into being a content company," Discovery head David Zaslav said at the Reuters Media Summit.
Discovery-branded games are due out in late 2008. No specific consoles were mentioned.