A brand new four-player cooperative game based on the Jumanji film series called Jumanji: The Video Game has been announced. In collaboration with Sony Pictures, publisher Outright Games, Bandai Namco, and developer Funsolve are bringing the hit film franchise to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam on November 15.
Rather than adapting the original 1995 film starring the late Robin Williams, Jumanji: The Video Game will follow the characters first introduced in the 2017 sequel, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, starring Dwyane 'The Rock' Johnson. Described as a "hilarious new 3D action adventure," players can team up with three friends either online, split-screen, or with AI companions, and take control of some pretty big names including Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and actor turned YouTube star Jack Black.
Developed using Epic Games popular Unreal Engine 4, Jumanji: The Video Game puts players in control of Jumanji's greatest heroes, Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson), Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillen), Franklin “Mouse” Finbar (Kevin Heart) and Professor Shelly Oberon (Jack Black). Recover the jewels of Jumanji, save the world from an evil army of marauders, and find a way home, presumably from the same video game the team was stuck in during Welcome to the Jungle.
Video games have long been used as a promotional tool for upcoming films with tie-in games often developed for family-friendly franchises, such as the recent announcement that Ghostbusters: The Video Game is being remastered. So it's no surprise that Outright Games is behind Jumanji: The Video Game, having previously published Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion, Dragons: Dawn of New Risers and Ben 10. “Our specialty as a video game publisher is in producing high-quality interactive-entertainment for the whole family to enjoy and there is no brand more exciting for families right now than Jumanji” said Terry Malham, CEO of Outright Games.
A currently untitled sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is in production right now and will be releasing in December of this year. Both Jumanji: The Video Game and Jumanji 3 star the same cast of characters so it's possible that the new game may tie-in to the new film, acting as a potential prequel storyline.
Of course, very little is currently known about Jumanji 3 and Sony Pictures has yet to release a trailer, but the November release date seems like a clear indication. For more video game coverage, check out our E3 2019 predictions.
Jumanji: The Video Game releases on November 15, 2019, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.