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Blockbuster Inc, spiritual successor to The Movies, releases in June

No, not the rental store.

There has long been a hole in my heart the exact shape of Lionhead Studios 2005 tycoon game, The Movies, and now Super Sly Fox is trying to fill that hole with Blockbuster Inc. And now they’ve announced that it will be released on June 6 for PC.

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That’s what they’re billing Blockbuster Inc. as: the spiritual successor to The Movies. This means that not only do you manage a film studio, there is also a large degree of customization, allowing you to essentially shoot your own movies. A new trailer showcases this with Barbie and The Room replicated.

 A lot of features from The Movies are replicated here, including the way the game progressed through the history of cinematography. The Movies also had the ability to add voices to your films, which, judging by the trailers, is also present here.

I found the creation of films in The Movies to be kind of tedious back in 2005, but I’d probably dig it a bit more nowadays. I was mostly interested in running the studio and trying to make stars.

It remains to be seen if Blockbuster Inc. will live up to the game its styled after. However, it’s great to see people try, since The Movies was delisted from online storefronts back in 2008. I’m still hoping to see Two Point Studios take a whack at the formula, as founder Mark Webley was design lead on The Movies.

If you’re curious, Blockbuster Inc. Prologue offers a peek at the game. Otherwise, the game is out on PC on June 6, 2024.


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