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New 'Matrix' game like a third movie

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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- CNN Headline News technology correspondent Daniel Sieberg caught up with the creator of the new "Enter the Matrix" video game this week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

The game was released on Thursday, same day as the "Matrix Reloaded" movie, the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster "Matrix" in 1999.

SIEBERG: Fans of the series might be interested to know that the new video game is like a third movie. And, joining me now to talk about that is the president of Shiny Entertainment, David Perry, the developer of the game.

Tell me about how you've created this sort of original game and an original screenplay that's not entirely based on these movies.

PERRY: What happened with the Wachowski brothers, who are the creators, the writers, the directors of the Matrix Universe, they're hard core gamers.

And so they wanted to make a video game that would be like no other video game. And what was they did is put the full crew, which would be Keanu Reeves, Carrie Ann Moss, Lawrence Fishburn, the Oracle [actors or characters in the movie]. You've got Agent Smith who is [played by] Hugo Weaving. All of them all of them are in the video game.

But they didn't just make the game follow the movie. They wrote a new movie for the video game. So these people actual made three movies. And you're seeing one of them released today. And the other is being released today in the video game.

SIEBERG: What about elements of the movie? People who have seen the movie imagine Keanu Reeves poised in mid-air ready to kick somebody. How did you capture those special effects in the video game?

PERRY: We got to use the original kung-fu team. There is a guy called Mater Wu Ping who did "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" as well. And his whole team did the martial arts for the video game.

And we asked gamers what they wanted. So they would be jumping out of their chair and saying we want to look just like Neo [character played by Keanu Reeves] and run along walls. We put it all in the game. So, we're absolutely sure they are getting the authentic experience.

David Perry of Shiny Entertainment
David Perry of Shiny Entertainment

SIEBERG: Tell me about some of the unique features in the game. I noticed that there was one called hacking. That sounds awfully secretive and a little like tied into the movie.

PERRY: Again, the Matrix world is all about hacking and Neo himself was a hacker and Trinity [character played by Carrie Ann Moss] was a hacker as well.

So, we're letting you do that to. You can hack into your console, take control of it, unlock hidden levels. We've got multi-player levels We've got things from the movie in there. It's just a fun part added onto the game. So that I think it's something you'll have fun with.


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