Cars 3 is on its way from Pixar and Walt Disney, and the movie is scheduled for a June 16, 2017 release. But a video game is on its way to accompany the release as well. In a press release from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, the two companies announced that Cars 3 would also see a video game tie-in with the film, developed by Avalanche Software.
Originally founded in 1995, Avalanche Software was reopened by Warner Bros. after Disney Interactive discontinued Disney Infinity and shut down Disney Interactive Studios. Avalanche Software previously developed Tak and the Power of Juju, Prince of Persia: Arabian Nights, Rampage 2: Universal Tour and Rampage Through Time. When the studio reopened, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment also obtained the rights to the Octane engine, which will be used for Cars 3. The studio will be led by John Blackburn.
“It is a tremendous pleasure to welcome Avalanche Software into our development stable, and we look forward to working with our new team, Pixar Animation Studios, and DCPI to create Cars 3 based on the upcoming film and hugely popular franchise,” Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment President David Haddad said. “The Avalanche talent and technology are a great addition to our group of outstanding developers, and we are excited for this Cars 3 game as well as all of the future games the team will create under John’s leadership.”
Back in 2011, Cars 2: The Video Game was considered a successful and well-developed movie tie-in to the Cars series. The game was developed by Avalanche Software, and sold several million copies. No news yet on whether Cars 3 will borrow from Cars 2 or push towards a brand new gameplay style, but it seems likely that Cars 3 will introduce new gameplay mechanics to the video games. One can only hope for free roam in the latest installment.