Codemasters Gets American Idol Video Game Rights

If phoning in your vote for your favorite American Idol contestant isn’t interactive enough for you, you’ll soon be able to get into the action on your PC or PlayStation 2 game console. Game publisher Codemasters has secured the worldwide interactive video game rights under license from joint owners FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment.

Set to hit stores this fall, the American Idol video game will be a music-based, rhythm-action title that allows players to create, style and train a character, then compete as a singer. Each virtual contestant will choose from more than 40 top-ten music tracks to perform for the judges, computer generated versions of Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul. The project is being developed by Hothouse Creations.

Codemasters will offer a first look at the game at the 2003 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this May in Los Angeles. The company will also publish Pop Idol, a U.K. edition of the game, based on the original British TV series.