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Rumors of Disney's new 'Tron' game: TR2N

February 2, 2009 |  4:04 pm
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Internet sensation Jay Maynard, a.k.a. the Tron Guy, at ROFL Con. (Photo credit: dantekgeek via Flickr)

Rumors are racing about a new video game based on the sequel to an old movie about a game. That could mean only one thing: "Tron" is coming back.

Disney is working on a film based on the 1982 science-fiction cult classic, and now Variety's Cut Scene blog reports that Disney Interactive Studios may be working on a Tron video game to accompany the movie.

If it happens, it wouldn't be terribly surprising. Movie-game tie-ins are pretty standard fare, and for a franchise based on the concept of gaming -- well, you get the picture.

You might think Disney Interactive's recent layoffs would throw a stick in the spokes, but Cut Scene says the tentatively titled TR2N will go ahead despite the company consolidations.

The film and game are expected to come out in 2011. But if you're eager to dive into the Tron world, why wait that long? There are plenty of copycats based on the Tron light cycles game.

For anyone who wasn't a geek in the '80s, those are the fictional motorcycles the film's characters rode in the virtual arena. Remember the Snake game on the old Nokia cellphones? It's a lot like that, but with many snakes zipping around.

This free online game, called FL Tron 2.0, will give you a better idea. Underground developers have ...

... slapped together a home-brew version of the game, called DS LightBikes, for hacked Nintendo DS systems.

The similarly titled LightBike, this one for the iPhone, is an addictive 3-D version of the classic concept. Developer Pankaku offers a stripped-down free version or a paid download with two-player split-screen. Both are available on the App Store. Wireless multi-player gaming is coming to the full version, according to the game's listing.

With Tron getting ready to again hit the mainstream in the next couple years, will the Tron Guy make a long-overdue return? Get your Frisbees and spandex ready.

-- Mark Milian

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