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Classic Australian book Storm Boy gets a game adaptation

The classic Australian children’s book, Storm Boy, will be getting its very own game, releasing on all consoles and mobile devices in late 2018. Blowfish Studios announced the game adaptation of Colin Thiele’s story via a cute, short trailer:

Set on the beaches of South Australia, near the mouth of the Murray river, Thiele’s classic book centered on the relationship between a boy and his rescued feathered friend, a pelican by the name of Mr Percival. The aptly named Storm Boy: The Game will follow suit, allowing players to control both Storm Boy as well as his pelican buddy, engaging in activities such as rescuing sailors and flying with other birds. There’ll also be a number of mini-games, including sailing, hunting, playing fetch, feeding pelicans, and drawing in the sand. In line with the tone of  the trailer, it all sounds like a very relaxing, chill time.

Storm Boy is a classic piece of literature in Australia, and we’re proud to adapt it for a new medium,” said Ellen Jurik, Senior Producer, Blowfish Studios. “We hope players of all ages will enjoy this story, whether it’s for the first time or through a new lens, and can’t wait to share it with the world when we release it for consoles, PC, and mobile devices later this year.

The story was previously adapted into a movie in 1976, and it looks like the game will also be releasing close to its latest film adaptation (starring Jai Courtney and Geoffrey Rush), currently slated for January 2019.

Storm Boy: The Game will  be playable at PAX Australia in October ahead of its release.  It will be available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, MAC and iOS and Android mobile devices in late 2018. To find out more about the game, check out the official website.

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