London Resists Alien Invasion Through Theater
Sony teams up with a London theater company for an interactive Resistance 3 promo.
Game ads have taken lots of forms, from traditional print media to staged protests. Sony now intends to add one more option to the list: improvisational theater. From September 1st through 4th, the London theater group Punchdrunk will perform an interactive piece called ... And Darkness Descended, which casts participants as surviving humans in the alternate 1950s world of Resistance. Audience members, acting alongside Punchdrunk actors, will do their best to stay alive during an alien invasion and decide whether their companions live or die.
Unlike a typical theater experience, interactive theater does not involve the audience sitting passively as a story unfolds in front of them. For ... And Darkness Descended, ticket-holders will converge at the Waterloo Station Arches and cooperate with Punchdrunk as they learn the Resistance story and then do their best to survive and advance the plot. Further details are sketchy at this point, but more should emerge once the play's run is complete.
In addition to being a novel advertising technique, this project marks one of the first convergences between gaming and live theater. If the project is successful, it could spawn future collaborations between game developers and theater companies.
Source: The National via GamePolitics
The marketing for Resistance 3 has been really impressive, from the box art to the swarm of Youtube adverts, to a train station fully decorated in R3 artwork, and now theatre, which is sure to get people thinking. I don't think I've seen Sony go this all out on a campaign before, usually it's just TV spots starring Kevin Butler, or the crap "The game is just the start" adverts.
God dammit! I was in London last week! This is awesome but makes me very sad that I missed it!
But London doesnt need the theater to stop alien invasions. They have the Doctor.
I've seen punch drunk perform before. They are great. There's no seats, you just wonder around some dark rooms whilst all these unresponsive actors do these weird things.
they should do it in glasgow. not because i want to do it, but because i want to see a bunch of drunk chavs chasing the aliens down the street with glass bottles because they think aliens have actually invaded.