Are you starving for more Young Justice? Can’t stand the way Cartoon Network breaks up the schedule, rarely communicating when it will be back on the air? Fear not because the series is getting a new day and time-slot, and worldwide game publisher, Little Orbit announced today that they entered a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Batman: Arkham City) for a Young Justice: Legacy cross platform action RPG for the PS3, XBox 360, Nintendo Wii, and the Nintendo DS set for a release in early 2013. There was no mention of a Playstation Vita version.
Gamers will play out an original story that fits between Seasons 1 and 2 of the animated series. It will be written by Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti, the writers of the television show and ongoing comic book. They will be able to play a handful of fan favorite characters and like the show will be littered with cameos from Justice League heroes, villains and supports online and local multiplayer modes. It was not yet announced who is playable in the game but it is expected to be Robin, Aqualad, Miss Martian, Superboy, Kid Flash, and Artemis at the very least. More announcements are planned in the coming weeks. What should be interesting is how they integrate online play into the game to give it a different life.
“The new video game contains a slew of cool features and a large playable cast of familiar heroes,” said Matt Scott, CEO of Little Orbit. “But our core mission is to create a unique experience that fits seamlessly into the world of the show and offers a new way to interact with these popular DC Comics characters.”
This announcement comes one week before we see new episodes of Young Justice, Season 1, which begin airing on the Cartoon Network, Saturday, March 3, at 10:30am ET/PT. Note the day and time change as the network is unveiling its new one-hour lineup of DC Nation, the exclusive kids’ programming and shorts based on DC Comics characters.
Young Justice previously aired Friday nights but that became a crowded night for the network as new episodes of Thundercats and Star Wars: The Clone Wars began to roll out. Rather than having one long continuous season and then a lull of new content, each show was given a handful of new episodes and then rotated out–a questionable tactic in terms of building an audience because no one knew when new episodes would air.
Cartoon Network and DC Comics are hoping to capitalize on Young Justice’s popularity and shift some new content to Saturday mornings, while DC Nation will expand the exposure to the DC Universe. The day and time change should not be a problem given the day and age of DVRs, but what concerns fans is the spurt of new episodes and then the long breaks in between. We’ll wait as long as we’re given a healthy slug of what we want and need–more Young Justice.
Do you love Young Justice too? Do you game? Are you interested in playing Young Justice: Legacy, and if so on which console?