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EA developing tie-in game for Batman Begins

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment has signed a deal with Electronic Arts which will see the giant publisher taking on the creation of videogames based on the forthcoming Batman Begins, which is tipped to be one of the biggest movies of next summer.

EA will launch a game based on the new film on almost every major console platform to tie in with the launch of the movie - with Xbox, PS2, Cube, PSP and GBA versions all planned.

Eurocom has been tapped to handle the home console versions of the game, while Vicarious Visions will be developing the GBA and PSP versions - with Warner Bros taking an active role in the development and production process.

"Batman Begins is the darker depiction of Batman that we've all been waiting for," according to WBIE senior vice president Jason Hall, "and we are teaming with EA to bring players an edgy action game that captures this tale."

Earlier this year Hall ruffled feathers in the industry when he suggested that Warner Bros might adopt a system whereby publishers who release poor games based on its franchises would be financially penalised.

No mention of such a clause in the contract has been made regarding the media giant's deal with Electronic Arts for Batman Begins, however.

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