VR developer Maze Theory has revealed the title and official trailer for its previously announced virtual reality adaptation of the Peaky Blinders TV show. The game will be called Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom.
The Peaky Blinders series has grown into a media giant since its first season aired back in 2013, and now it is adjusting to other forms of entertainment. The intriguing VR title has been in the works for a few years now. It was announced in 2019 that Maze Theory was working on the game, yet very little has been revealed about it until now. Maze Theory is a London based studio who have previously worked on VR games set in the Doctor Who universe.
Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom will see Cillian Murphy and Paul Anderson reprise their roles as Tommy Shelby and Arthur Shelby respectively. The game will task players with infiltrating the criminal underworld of Birmingham whilst gaining the trust of the Shelby family. Although there is no set release date yet, the game is scheduled to launch sometime in 2022. Maze Theory promises an epic crime drama that will include reactive characters and a story that is influenced by the players decisions. The game is set in 1928, which means that the events of this story will take place somewhere in between the fourth and fifth season of its TV counterpart.
The trailer offers but a glimpse at the storyline. The voice-over of Tommy Shelby talks about a dispatch box belonging to Winston Churchill that’s filled with guns and secrets. Maze Theory has also said that players will experience visceral combat to go alongside the difficult moral choices throughout the story. In terms of the casting, getting Cillian Murphy and Paul Anderson on board for this VR adaptation is a coup for the title. Having them lend their likeness to the story will only help to immerse players in the virtual world that they’ll be entering when playing Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom.
This isn’t the first video game to come to market based on the critically acclaimed BBC original series. The first Peaky Blinders video game was Peaky Blinders: Mastermind, a puzzle adventure game set before the events of the TV series. While Peaky Blinders: Mastermind is set before the TV show, it’s been announced that there will be a Peaky Blinders movie set after the show has concluded. This is another example of the franchise having the ability to shift between mediums.
Some may have been hoping for games with a larger scope built for the mainline consoles. However, it is undeniable that what BBC is doing with the Peaky Blinders license is interesting and warrants interest in Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom. Potential players will have to wait to find out if any more of the iconic characters from the Peaky Blinders show will make an appearance during their time in Birmingham.