Call of Duty publisher Activision has joined forces with Hasbro to create a video game version of the latter's classic boardgame, Battleship.

While the idea conjures images of a digitised version of the famous game grid, the transfer to video game will actually involve the creation of first-person shooter which takes inspiration from Battleship: the movie, which is itself a tribute to the old game.

An official release from Activision and Hasbro reveals the game will follow the exploits of Cole Mathis, who not only sounds like an elite demolitions expert for the US military, he is one.

Mathis will attempt to handle "an aquatic-based extraterrestrial peril in the sand and sea of the beautiful Hawaiian archipelago", and will command the US Navy Fleet in a "siege on the sea".

"With a Battleship videogame, we have an amazing opportunity to take our beloved property and give it a modern-day spin," said Hasbro's Mark Blecher.

"The merging of tactical and action elements immerses players in an epic maritime conflict. Activision is completely up to the task of delivering a high-intensity thrill ride."

A release statement from Activision reads: "Take real-time control of naval units as you strategise a map-wide plan of attack by directing your fleet to launch air strikes, conduct radar sweeps, and engage in ship-to-ship sea conflict."

Double Helix Games, the firm behind Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, Front Mission Evolved and Silent Hill Homecoming, has been charged with the game's development.

The film is set to hit cinema screens in April, featuring leading roles for Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Kitsch, as well as the big-screen debut of Bajan popstar Rihanna.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801287928-ADNFCR
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