Warner Bros. and Avalanche Studios have released a new story trailer for the upcoming Mad Max game, and it’s clear they’re looking to build off the success and acclaim of the recent film sequel, Fury Road.
The game, of course, began development as a tie-in to the movie before being splintered off into its own standalone entry within the canon, and any mention of ties to the movie were few and far between. Now that Fury Road is a hit, WB seems almost overly keen to draw parallels between the two.
Exhibit A: This trailer is called “Savage Road.” Exhibit B: It goes out of its way to mention Gas Town, a place that was mentioned and seen from a distance in the film?though you’ll actually get to explore in the game. Exhibit C: Like Fury Road, the trailer starts with a lot of bald, stitch-mouthed War Boys capturing and beating up Max, but it’s definitely not the same event as in the movie. Exhibit D: The villain, Sacbrous Scrotus, is apparently the son of Fury Road villain Immortan Joe, and he’s got a breathing apparatus just like dear old dad.
Of course, none of this is a really bad thing?just an amusing about face in the game’s marketing. If Mad Max can indeed build a world as compelling as Fury Road‘s and pull off playable action sequences that are as cool as its more-or-less constant two-hour car chase, it’d be an impressive accomplishment. And if it can deliver a cast of side characters as compelling and well-realized as Furiosa, that’d be icing on the cake.
We’ll find out soon enough, as Mad Max is scheduled to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC this September 1.