I know, you’re worried about the Watchmen video game. That would be The End Is Nigh, which will be released in episodic form starting in a couple months. Game is a brawler that stars Nite Owl and Rorschach in the days leading up to the graphic novel — i.e. when they were partners, before Dan ‘Nite Owl’ Dreiberg threw away his mask. Suspicion is that the game’s story underpinning will mostly be a bunch of fanwank bullshit.

Not so, says Watchmen artist and co-creator Dave Gibbons, in an interview with Eurogamer. He’s consulted on the general look and, in particular on the visuals of the cutscenes. Which might mean very little, given that he avows “I don’t really know very much about the game.”

But the story actually comes from materials Alan Moore authored (at least in part) many years ago. “Alan and I have always resisted doing any
sort of back-story to the Watchmen graphic novel – at various times
it’s been suggested that we could do the Comedian’s Vietnam War Diaries
or Rorshach’s journal, which we thought would be a bit dopey. But the
precedent is, at the time the original comics came out, Mayfair games
did a role-playing game that Alan helped write bits of, and it’s
completely canon, so this game uses a lot of that less-well known
material.”


Well, that’s alright, then. The thing I’m happiest to read in the interview is that Gibbons gave “a pretty enthusiastic ‘no’ to a few things” when getting the film together, but he also discusses the end of the film a bit, and says the squid was always
“meant to be a sort of nightmare-ish multi-dimensional sexual beast,” which is more or less how I’ve always thought of Alan Moore.