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SCi planning Highlander game

Publisher snags rights to, er, interminable franchise.

SCi Entertainment has announced a collaboration with Davis Panzer Productions to "develop the game rights to the classic Highlander franchise," adding to the UK publisher's growing canon of film projects including Constantine and Reservoir Dogs.

For those to whom "Highlander" means very little, it was the first of a series of films that began in the late 80s with Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery in central roles, and grew to span three more movies and a TV series, and to make an awful lots of money in DVD sales.

Oh. In terms of what it actually was - the idea was that immortal warriors lived among us, and every so often they got together and swished their swords at one another. The only way they could die would be to have their heads chopped off by these big blades, which led to a rather exciting light show and a more powerful surviving Highlander.

Currently SCi has released no details of what it's planning to do with Highlander, but creative director Patrick O'Luanaigh weighed in with his thoughts on the franchise, which the company clearly reckons has a lot of potential. You can see his point, too - it is, after all, a game about scary men with big swords hacking each other up.

"There are so many great opportunities with such a rich licence as the Highlander franchise," O'Luanaigh commented. "We will be working closely with Peter Davis and Bill Panzer to develop the Highlander universe further. The concept is ideal for a game."

It's not yet clear whether there will "be only one" Highlander game, but there will be only one 'be only one' gag in this item. Except those two. Ignore 'em. And expect to hear more about Highlander soon.

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