Now Ramayan as online video game

Washington, August 10:

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Comics is teaming up with Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) to bring the popular Indian epic Ramayan comic book to life as an online video game.

The deal was announced Thursday in New York by John Smedley, president of SOE which is a global leader in the online gaming industry, Sharad Devarajan, the chief executive officer and co-founder of Virgin Comics, author and new age guru Deepak Chopra and filmmaker Shekhar Kapur.

“Ramayan has inspired the millions through the ages. The re-imagining of this great epic through creativity of a game platform re-affirms that Ramayan is one of the greatest stories ever told,” said Deepak Chopra.

“The fact that the same creative team of young Indians that created the story will be involved in working with SOE’s game development team is a testament to the innovative and mythic minds of these gifted Indian creators. They will take a new generation to new frontiers across the seas of consciousness into new realms of mystery, magic, adventure, and transformation,” he added.

Through this exclusive multi-year, worldwide license agreement, SOE will develop and publish a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game capable of supporting hundreds or thousands of players simultaneously based on Ramayan’s mythological story.

Virgin Comics will serve as a creative consultant on the project. Virgin’s creative involvement with SOE’s game development team will be spearheaded by its president and head Suresh Seetharaman.