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Futurama is coming back as a mobile game

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After being canceled, resurrected, and canceled again, Futurama is coming back — this time as a mobile game. Matt Groening's sci-fi cartoon universe will be the basis for Futurama: Game of Drones, a puzzle game in which players connect delivery robots together to win a "desperately imbalanced trade war" against similarly imbalanced corporate despot Mom.

Game of Drones is being developed by the Berlin-based Wooga Games, best known for a slate of hidden object games and colorful but simplistic mobile titles drawing heavily on Bejeweled and Puzzle Bobble. While that background might not inspire a lot of confidence for a brand new Futurama game, Wooga has been able to bring in some heavyweight writing talent to make Game of Drones fit the world set up by the show. The game's storyline is being written by Dave Grossman — an adventure game veteran who worked on PC classic the Secret of Monkey Island — as well as writer and producer Patric M. Verrone, who wrote excellent Futurama episodes "The Problem with Popplers" and "That's Lobstertainment!" and served as co-executive producer in the show's later years.

This isn't the first time we'll be able to play in Futurama's world — a 3D platform game of the same name hit the PS2, Xbox, and GameCube in 2003 — but we'll have to wait a while for another jaunt in the Planet Express ship. There's no indication yet as to when Game of Drones will see release, nor which mobile operating systems it will reach when it does launch.