A video game adaptation of forthcoming sci-fi blockbuster Battleship launches this April, publisher Activision has announced.

Developed by Silent Hill: Homecoming studio Double Helix Games, it's "a blend of strategic naval command and first-person action gameplay."

The game won't follow the movie's plot, instead telling a standalone story set in the same universe. See the screens below for a closer look.

It'll be available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, with unique Wii, 3DS and DS versions also planned, though they'll be developed by handheld specialists Magic Pockets.

For anyone fortunate enough not yet to have suffered the ear-scouring din of the film's trailer, the source material is a big screen take on the ancient pen and paper strategy game of the same name.

Somehow the Universal Pictures has shoehorned a massive alien invasion and a gang of box-jawed US military goons into the game's unspoken mythology. It's due on screens in May.

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