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Universal making game based on ‘Chucky’ horror films

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Army of Darkness has its own video game. So does Saw. So it really shouldn't come as much of a surprise that one of the biggest icons of
horror is creeping into the gaming world.

Chucky, the freaky little doll at the center of the 'Child's Play' series, is getting the video game treatment with a new title scheduled to
be released this fall.

Described as a stealth-action title, the as-yet untitled game will let players dispatch innocent victims in a variety of ways. Universal, overseer of the film series, has hired TikGames to head development on the project, which will be available on PC and consoles.

"We're proud to be able to bring a fan-favorite movie character, such as Chucky, to gaming platforms," said Alex Tikhman, cofounder and vice president of publishing for TikGames. "Fans have been asking for a Chucky game for years and, soon, gamers around the world will be able to enjoy highly-entertaining, interactive, downright gory experiences with this brand."

Launched in 1988, the Child's Play films have developed a cult following. Rather than a hulking slasher in a hockey mask, the franchise's star is quickly revealed to be a child's doll that, apparently, houses the soul of a serial killer.

Developed for $9 million, the first film went on to gross more than $44 million worldwide. There's no word at this time on whether Brad  Dourif, the original voice of Chucky (as well as the actor who played Wormtongue in the "The Lord of the Rings" films) will reprise his
role.

TikGames is an odd choice for the developer, though. The company's other titles include Texas Hold 'em and Domino Master on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. It's also the company behind FlowerShop: Big City Break. Not exactly the sort of games you'd expect as a lead in to a slasher game.

For film fans, the game might be less a sign that the homicidal toy is getting his due -- and more a sign that a reboot of the film series is being considered. Rumors have been floating for the past three years that the studio is interested in giving Chucky another run at the spotlight.

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