Watchmen artist claims game is “completely canon”

We’ve voiced concerns about the potentially franchise-diluting Watchmen: The End is Nigh, the upcoming videogame tie-in for the movie version of Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel, Watchmen. But we’re still more than willing to let Dave Gibbons try his best to calm our fears of a beat ’em up suck-fest.

While Watchmen writer Alan Moore has been conjuring curses on the movie, Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons is acting as an advisor on the game, “keeping an eye on things.” Apparently his eyes like what they see. “By and large I’m very happy with the movie adaptation and the games look great,” said Gibbons in an interview with Eurogamer. “I don’t think the process of adaptation diminishes the original work, and hopefully the film and game will get more people to check out the graphic novel.”

“Alan and I have always resisted doing any sort of back-story to the Watchmen graphic novel — at various times it’s been suggested that we could do the Comedian’s Vietnam War Diaries or Rorshach’s journal, which we thought would be a bit dopey,” Gibbons continued. “But the precedent is, at the time the original comics came out, Mayfair games did a role-playing game that Alan helped write bits of, and it’s completely canon, so this game uses a lot of that less-well known material.”

That would make me feel pretty good if in the same breath Gibbons didn’t admit that he doesn’t “really know very much about the game,” having mainly been consulted to ensure the cutscenes retain the look and feel of Watchmen‘s original artwork. So, anyone in the mood for a beat ’em up suck-fest with some pretty good cutscenes?