New Line has signed a video game licensing deal with Sega for His Dark Materials, according to Variety.
The agreement, which also involves book publisher Scholastic, gives Sega interactive rights to all three books in Philip Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy. New Line is currently shooting a film based on the first book The Golden Compass and expects to make two more, with Sega producing companion games.
Electronic Arts has made several successful Lord of the Rings games not tied to the films and recently extended its deal with New Line and books rights holder the Saul Zaentz Co. to produce more. Sega would have to make a separate deal to produce games not tied to film releases.
New Line is expected to unveil several other major licensing deals for Dark Materials in the next few weeks, including a master toy license and numerous promotional partners.
Sega is already at work on the The Golden Compass game and plans to release it on multiple consoles along with the movie next November.