Pratchett returns to script OVERLORD titles

October 16, 2008


Codemasters  Announces
Signing Award-Nominee Rhianna Pratchett to Pen Scripts for OverlordII,
OverlordDark Legend and OverlordMinions.

Writers’ Guild Award-nominee Rhianna
Pratchett has been signed as scriptwriter for Overlord II, the sequel to the hit
twisted fantasy adventure from Triumph Studios, and both series extensions –
Overlord Dark Legend and Overlord Minions – coming 2009, publisher Codemasters 
announced today.

The announcement sees Pratchett
continuing her role as writer and narrative designer for the delightfully
despotic series and follows her nomination for Best Videogame Script for her
work on the original Overlord game in the Writers’ Guild Awards 2008. In
addition to videogames, the prestigious Writers’ Guild Awards recognises the
best in British writing talent across TV and radio drama, soap, comedy, theatre
and movie screenplay categories. The awards will be held at BAFTA (The British
Academy of Film and Television Arts) on Sunday 23rd November 2008 in London.

“For a relatively new entertainment
medium, it’s a sign of great progress that the industry is being recognised by
the Writers’ Guild in this way. Writing for games is part alchemy, part
narrative woodwork and part swimming in shark infested waters wearing ham pants,
so it’s a real honour to be nominated for Overlord. The Overlord titles are
fantastic creative projects and Triumph and Codemasters make a talented and
supportive team who keep some of those sharks at bay,” said Rhianna Pratchett.
“It’s a real pleasure to be back in the evil writing seat and taking the
Overlord and the Minions to new lands and new adventures for the 2009 titles.”

“Congratulations to Rhianna on her
well-deserved nomination for Best Videogame Script,” said Lennart Sas, director
and Overlord lead at Triumph Studios. “A huge part of Overlord’s popularity
stems from its tongue-in-cheek, often dark humour and Rhianna’s dialogue
provides the perfect fit to the gameplay. Rhianna understands that writing for
games is different than writing for movies, which puts her above some of the
Hollywood writing talent that have lent their names to games previously. We’re
delighted to have her on board again to work across on the next installment of
the Overlord’s adventures.”

Coming 2009, all new titles in the
Overlord series include Overlord II for the PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment
system, Xbox 360  video game and entertainment system from Microsoft 
and Games For Windows , Overlord Dark Legend for Wii and Overlord Minions for
Nintendo DS. Prepare to face the Glorious Empire in Overlord II and the rather
grim fairy tales of Overlord Dark Legend and Overlord Minions when the manic
horde and awesome authoritarian returns in 2009. ENDS



Overlord II is the sequel to the hit
warped fantasy action adventure where evil is enlightening and tyranny is a
treat. Featuring a new Overlord and a more powerful army of Minions, players
take on the might of the Glorious Empire, inspired by the Roman Empire. This
epic foe is determined to conquer kingdoms and destroy any sign of magic it
finds, so it’s time to go Minion Maximus and unleash the horde. Overlord II is
now in development at Triumph Studios in Delft, the Netherlands, for the
PLAYSTATION3 system, Xbox 360 and Games For Windows.


Designed and developed exclusively
for Wii, Overlord Dark Legend is a brand new action adventure steeped with a
sinister, satirical take on classic fairy-tale lore. Set prior to the original
game, players step into the role of a new young Overlord who commands the
minions to take out his growing pains out on the local fairy tale inhabitants as
he protects his castle and lands. Overlord Dark Legend is now in development at
Climax Studios.


An irresistible and accessible
puzzle action game designed exclusively for Nintendo DS, Overlord Minions stars
Giblet, Blaze, Stench and Zap as a crack Minion squad, assisted by minion master
Gnarl. The Nintendo DS stylus becomes an extension of the Overlord’s despotic
desire and every precise Touch Screen command is the player-as-Overlord
directing, commanding and combining minions in battle, pointing and sweeping
them to assault enemies and solve puzzles to achieve their abominable aims.
Overlord Minions is now in development at Climax Studios.