It isn't unusual for a video game based on a film to try to draw elements directly from the film. Iron Man may be setting a new standard for that, however, since the computer models for the video games are the ones created by Industrial Light & Magic for the film.
In an interview with USA Today, Mike McHale, senior producer at Sega of America, said ""We are working very closely with the film director (Jon Favreau) and production staff, and they have actually given us the computer-generated model for Iron Man himself created by ILM and we're able to put that into the game."
Sega also expects some of the film's cast, including Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges, to provide voices for the game, though according to McHale "we're not ready to talk about details as of yet."
The film and the game both tell Iron Man's origin. Tony Stark is a wealthy industrialist and weapon designer who is captured and forced to create weapons for enemies of the United States. Instead, he creates a power-armored suit, which he uses first to escape his captors, and to eventually become a super-hero.
The game will go beyond the events of the movie, including missions where Iron Man battles rogue terrorist organizations. "The game takes key moments from the film and we've filled it out with a ton of more events," McHale says. "We've gone back to all the classic comic books and pulled out some fun, classic Marvel villains."
The game is scheduled to be released just before Iron Man hits the big screen on May 2. The game will have versions for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PS2, PSP, Nintendo's Wii and DS, and Windows PCs.