Gameloft won’t return to produce the next installment of The Fast and the Furious video games. Instead, The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth developer Kabam will take the wheel for the adaptation of Fast & Furious 6.
Kabam announced today that it will have a free-to-play Fast & Furious 6 out this spring in time for the film’s May 26 release. The publisher’s newly acquired studio Exploding Barrel Games, which produced the Margaritaville game on Facebook, will handle development.
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“The Fast and the Furious series is one of the hottest movie and mobile-gaming franchises of all time,” Kabam Studios president Andrew Sheppard said in a statement. “Kabam is pedal down, blending the art of game design and the science of free-to-play distribution to make this game a thrill for street racing fans around the world. I can’t imagine a better partner to bring this game to market than Universal.”
Universal Pictures revealed a first quick trailer for Fast & Furious 6 during last night’s Super Bowl match between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
Check out the trailer below:
It’s unclear if Exploding Barrel will work hard to get Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s sweet flying-punch move into the game.
Early in the last decade, movie studios would work with major developers to release a full console version of a movie like this. Now, movie-adaptation games are much more prevalent in the smartphone app free-to-play market.