Devolver Digital may be known for their quirky lineup of quality indie games, but they also have a film distribution arm that has released a number of interesting features. One such feature will be the upcoming CODumentary, a documentary following a story centered about the blockbuster video game Call of Duty, releasing worldwide on VOD on Tuesday, September 19th at 10 AM PST.
The 93-minute feature documentary, created in the UK by Jonathan Beales, explores how the video game Call of Duty grew into one of the biggest global entertainment franchise blockbusters of all time. Video game publisher/film distributor Devolver Digital will release the documentary worldwide on the Steam Store and on VOD via Amazon on September 19, to be followed by releases on iTunes, Google Play, MGo, Playstation, Xbox, TubiTV, Indie Reign and the Indie Rights Vimeo Channel, as well as a DVD/Blu-Ray release with dates to be announced.
The documentary details how Call of Duty, created in 2003 by Infinity Ward, faced strong competition in its early days from a host of similar high quality WWII games yet managed to rise to the top and sustain its position with a growing global fan base.
Critically acclaimed by both fans and media, the release of Modern Warfare in 2007 took the multiplayer competitive element to a whole new level through a fast action innovative game-play design structure.
Filmed across North America, the UK & Europe including the D-Day beaches, the story in CODumentary is told by developers, fans, professional players and numerous games experts, who describe in rich detail what makes the game so special and why it’s been so successful from launch to the present day. Jonathan Beales is an industry professional with over 31 years experience in video games media & marketing spanning print, radio, web and television.
“One of the biggest challenges making the film was encapsulating a 15 year timeline into 93 minutes,” says producer Jonathan Beales. “I was very fortunate to work with a lot of great people whose input and contribution really helped make this happen. It’s a rich story of evolution told through the eyes of games developers, fans, industry experts and professional players. It’s a big documentary and we wanted to put the fans first so took the opportunity to host two full screenings at DreamHack Atlanta that were a big success.”
Beales continued, “It’s been a great 5-year journey and though documentary is centered on video games, the story is always about the human input and endeavor involved. The rich experiences of developing games, playing them or waiting in line to buy them will always remain center stage.”
Indie darling Devolver and mega-popular Call of Duty isn’t the most natural of pairings, yet the former seems like they will be a great partner for this video game culutural-related film.
Check out the trailer below: