Thursday, January 8, 2009

Grey’s Anatomy to Practice on Nintendo Wii, DS and PC

While certainly not as numerous, medical dramas can, at times, be just as annoying as the plethora of reality shows that clog up primetime.  The problem comes in when they focus too much on the drama, and not enough on the medical.  We’ve seen it time and time again on shows like E.R., Doc and, of course, Grey’s Anatomy.  Though that may sound appealing to a certain demographic, it can be entirely repulsive to another – it lacks action, it lacks mystery, it lacks...well, everything that might make a compelling video game.  That fact, however, may have been lost on Ubisoft and ABC, as the two today announced that an adaptation of the hit show is in development for the Nintendo Wii, DS and PC.  (Okay, so judging by the systems, maybe they understand their demographic perfectly.)  Featuring an original story set within the TV show’s canon, the gameplay sounds to be a mix of choose-your-own-adventure and a medical simulator, along the lines of Trauma Center.  Whether this will turn out to be just what the doctor order or if this game will be dead on arrival we should soon find out, as it is planned for release sometime early this year.  For more information on Grey’s Anatomy for the Nintendo Wii, DS and PC, be sure to check out the official press release below:

SAN FRANCISCO – January 7, 2009 – Today Ubisoft announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with ABC Studios to develop a video game based on the acclaimed television drama series "Grey’s Anatomy." Designed for the Wii™, the Nintendo DS™ and PC, Grey’s Anatomy: The Video Game is scheduled for release early 2009.

"Ubisoft is thrilled to be collaborating with ABC Studios to turn this phenomenal television series into an interactive experience," said Christian Salomon, vice president of worldwide licensing at Ubisoft. "In Grey’s Anatomy: The Video Game, fans will have a chance to take on the roles of all of their favorite doctors in an all-new original storyline. As each doctor, players will make important personal and professional decisions, explore the direct relationships with each other, and perform the delicate surgeries the series is known for, all through fun and engaging game play."

About Grey’s Anatomy
The doctors of Seattle Grace Hospital deal with life-or-death consequences on a daily basis – it’s in one another that they find comfort, friendship and, at times, more than friendship. Together they’re discovering that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white. Real life only comes in shades of grey.

The hit series "Grey’s Anatomy" stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Katherine Heigl as Isabel "Izzie" Stevens, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, T.R. Knight as George O’Malley, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres, Eric Dane as Mark Sloan, Chyler Leigh as Lexie Grey and Brooke Smith as Erica Hahn.

"Grey’s Anatomy" was created and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes ("Introducing Dorothy Dandridge"). Betsy Beers ("Casanova"), Mark Gordon ("Saving Private Ryan"), Krista Vernoff ("Law & Order"), Rob Corn ("Chicago Hope"), Mark Wilding ("Jake: 2.0") and Allan Heinberg ("The O.C.") are executive producers. "Grey’s Anatomy" is an ABC Studios production.


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