Singer Brandy playing games with video firm
By John Gaudiosi
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Brandy Norwood, the actress and musician best known solely by her first name, is extending her talents into the video game world.
She will provide her voice and likeness, and help develop the story line for a sci-fi/action game that will ship in the first quarter of 2007.
The game comes from Matty/Markus Games, a Los Angeles-based firm founded by director Matty Rich ("Straight Out of Brooklyn") and video game veteran Frederic Markus ("Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure.")
Brandy, who has sold more than 14 million albums worldwide, also will develop an original soundtrack for the as-yet-untitled game. Besides hearing this exclusive music in the new game, the release schedule calls for the CD of the soundtrack to go on sale right before the video game ships.
"An original soundtrack from artists that we build games around will be part of our release model at Matty/Markus Games," said Rich, who is working with rapper The Game on an original Mature-rated lowrider street-racing PSP game for release in the fall. A video game soundtrack will be released before that title's release as well.
According to the Entertainment Software Assn., 40% of gamers today are female. Rich said his plan is to provide a strong female protagonist for gamers as an alternative to the typical female caricatures games often feature.
"Brandy will play a strong female character who is put into a situation that she must react to -- one which has the fate of the world hinging on it," said Rich, who added that he wants to incorporate Brandy's personality, emotions and music into the game.
"She'll play a very dynamic character," Rich said. "The success of games like 'Tomb Raider' has shown that there's a need for strong female characters."
Ray J was just on the UPN news talking about how he used to run in gangs, etc. But in the end they reported that he and Brandy are working on a new album consisting of R&B oldies and a couple new songs -- to be released later this year or next.
Hopefully this is just PART of the stuff they're working on.
source: Reuters/Hollywood Reporter