THQ Nordic has announced the very first details of their multi-year, multi-platform Monster Jam game licensing agreement which will see its first release beginning in 2019.
Rainbow Studios, creators of the off-road racing franchise MX vs ATV, have been confirmed to take the development reigns.
Klemens Kreuzer, Managing Director, THQ Nordic, said:
“As long-time Monster Jam fans, we’re thrilled to see the recent, rapid international expansion of the sport; its unique combination of trucks, tracks, drivers and dirt leaving stadium audiences across the globe awestruck and begging for more. We intend to create an experience that makes fans feel like they are in the driver’s seat, performing gravity-defying feats in front of packed stadiums inside the most recognizable trucks on planet Earth!”
Jeff Bialosky, Vice President of Licensing & Retail Development, Feld Entertainment, stated:
“THQ Nordic was the best choice to bring the world of Monster Jam to life in the video game space. Our drivers are true athletes and entertainers that train to drive hard and perform at the highest level on the Monster Jam track. We look forward to Rainbow Studios capturing every step of the journey from starting out at the Monster Jam University training facility learning the ropes all the way to competing and taking home the championship at Monster Jam World Finals!”
Several Monster Jam titles have been released over the years, the most recent being 2016’s Monster Jam: Crush It! (published by GameMill Entertainment) which scored a pitiful 36 on Metacritic. Older titles have also had a mixed response from critics, hopefully, this new deal will be the shot in the arm the series sorely needs.
It remains to be seen how long the licensing agreement is and thus how many new titles will release under the Monster Jam name.
Why do I suddenly crave a large jam sandwich?