Sega of America has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Michael Crichton--the best-selling author responsible for Jurassic Park--to develop a new game based on an original concept.
"Unlike traditional licensing agreements in which preexisting properties are developed into video games, Sega's partnership with Michael Crichton is a unique alliance bringing together brilliant talent from two different entertainment media to create a game concept from scratch," said Peter Moore, president and COO, Sega of America. "Michael Crichton is a creative mastermind, recognized across all traditional entertainment media including print, film, and TV. We are thrilled that Mr. Crichton has chosen to leverage his talents in the interactive entertainment industry with Sega."
"Partnering with Sega, who has an extraordinary track record in the interactive entertainment industry, is an opportunity to create an amazing video game from the ground up," Crichton said. "I look forward to working with Sega's first-rate creative team."
The game, which is currently scheduled for release in 2004, will not be the first that Crichton has been directly involved with. In April 1999, he founded a game development and distribution house named Timeline Studios. The company's only game, published for the PC in November 2000 by Eidos, was Timeline--an action game based on Crichton's novel of the same name.