Watchmen: The End Is Nigh
December 6, 2021
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh is an episodic beat 'em up game, developed by Deadline Games and released by Warner Bros. Games for Microsoft Windows, Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. The game was split into two episodes, with the first episode being launched internationally on March 4, 2009, to coincide with the premiere of the Watchmen movie, and the second episode being launched internationally on July 29 of that year. The End Is Nigh was initially released as a downloadable game, but in July 2009, both episodes were released on optical disc. In The End Is Nigh, the player takes on the role of either Rorschach or Nite Owl in single-player or two-player mode. Both episodes take place before the action in Watchmen and in the first episode, Rorschach and Nite Owl investigate a prison riot in the Sing Sing prison, during which the criminal Underboss managed to escape. The tracks lead them to a bar, an abandoned amusement park, the city sewers and finally a construction site where they are forced to fight Underboss. The second episode is about Rorschachs and Nite Owl's search for a missing girl named Violet Greene, who seems to have been forced to appear in a pornographic film. Their investigation takes them first to a pornographic studio and then to the antagonist Twilight Lady's brothel, where they find both Greene and Twilight Lady. The end of episode 2 varies depending on the player's choice in the final battle. The game's director, Søren Lund, has said that the development of The End Is Nigh flowed without any major problems and that from a holistic perspective, the project was a success. Both people who worked on the original comic book novel or with the Watchmen movie were involved during the development phase, including Dave Gibbons, Len Wein, Zack Snyder, Alex McDowell, Jackie Earle Haley and Patrick Wilson. However, The End Is Nigh Deadline Games became the last game because the company filed for bankruptcy on May 29, 2009, due to financial difficulties. The reception of the game was mixed, but primarily mediocre. The main criticism highlighted by the reviewers was that the game had good graphics but that it was too short and expensive and that the gameplay was repetitive and uninspired.