by Tom McGhie / Guardian
14th May 1999
Eidos, the computer games company, has teamed up with rock star David Bowie and his wife Iman, and the best-selling author Michael Crichton in two deals designed to create hit games.
Eidos has signed a long- term publishing deal with Timeline Studios, North Carolina, for games based on original material to be written by novelist Michael Crichton, who co-founded Timeline.
Crichton is the author of Jurassic Park, made into a film by Stephen Spielberg, and creator of the television series ER.
Bowie and Iman’s first Eidos project, however, will be released in October. Omikron: The Nomad Soul, will feature music and songs composed for it by Bowie who also appears in the game as a character called Boz, above.
The game has been in development for two years and uses the latest technology to create a three-dimensional fantasy world with 140 characters, 400 different sets and four hours of dialogue.
Bowie has written eight new songs for Omikron. The game will incorporate new technology which makes facial characteristics of cartoon characters more realistic.