Scholastics Horrible Histories Going Interactive

Chorion has signed a worldwide licensing agreement with computer games publisher Slitherine Strategies to develop video games based on the Scholastic book series Horrible Histories. Brokered by AT Brands, a division of AT New Media, the deal will see the games released for PC, DS, Wii and other platforms in the spring of 2009.

‘Extending our line-up of interactive games based on History to new frontiers is our main objective,’ says Marco Minoli, director of Marketing at Slitherine. ‘Exploring this very specific sector to bring a different type of fun and entertainment to this great brand through video games is one of our most exciting ventures for next year. This is a great opportunity to show how we are able to work with such a powerful property.’

Written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown, the Horrible Histories books have sold more than 20 million copies since 1993. Like the publishing brand, the video game will aim to entertain kids while covering the ‘nasty bits’ of history often overlooked in the classroom. The property is also becoming a live-action television series to be produced by Lion TV for broadcast on BBC next Spring. For more information on Horrible Histories, go to www.horrible-histories.co.uk.