Futurama Game Developers Talk Fan Service

Though the long-running animated series “Futurama” may be over for good, the team of writers and creators behind the upcoming mobile game based on the franchise are relying fans with callbacks to various classic episodes and gags.

“Futurama: A Game of Drones: is a free-to-play match-four puzzle game for casual gamers and writer David Grossman, who also worked on the popular “The Secret of Monkey Island” and “The Wolf Among Us” titles, tells Gamespot that they aimed to capture the humor from the show but still had to shift things around for the new medium:

“Futurama has always used a lot of parody and satire, and we’re more than happy to have an opportunity to add more. The one peculiar additional goal we have that the writers of the TV show did not is to bring meaning to the play of the game, wrapping the mechanics up into the Futurama universe to connect everything together. I imagine early humans inventing stories to explain natural phenomena like stars and earthquakes in a way that they could relate to, and I think that our job as game writers is not so different.”

Product lead Sascha Hartmann spoke about one system in place that fans will get a kick out of:

“We know that a large part of our audience is going to know and love Futurama and we wanted to make sure every aspect of the game reflected this and allowed those players to get a little deeper into the story. We’ve built a fake social network inside the game called Twitcher, where characters from the show send short messages back and forth to each other. It’s a nice little feature for fans who’ve missed the show’s humor.”

The story see you embark on an intergalactic journey with the rest of the Planet Express crew, including Professor Farnsworth, Fry, Bender, and Leela to stop “a desperately imbalanced trade war against longtime shipping rival MomCo”.

“Futurama: A Game of Drones” is currently targeting a soft launch in December.