Some of the programming on National Geographic Channel will be spun into multi-platform games with the formation of its sister division, National Geographic Games.
The division will work with premier game publishers and developers to create games for gaming consoles, handhelds, online and mobile platform play.
NGG is introducing Herod's Lost Tomb, its first game produced in-house, which highlights content from the December 2008 issue of the magazine plus content from a National Geographic Channel feature on the biblical king. The game will be available online in both a flash version for free at nationalgeographic.com/channel and as a downloadable game for PCs, Macs and iPhones. The latter version includes full features and high production content.
National Geographic Games has also partnered with Namco Bandai Games America and Sony Computer Entertainment to publish and distribute NatGeo-branded titles on major portable devices.