Brash Entertainment has announced development for The Tale of Despereaux, an interactive game based on Universal Pictures’ animated adventure of the same name. The game shares the fairy-tale look and feel of the upcoming film about a chivalrous mouse, full of courage and honour. The Tale of Despereaux game — created through a licensing agreement with Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group — will release in conjunction with the film, which arrives in UK theatres on 19th December.

Directed by Sam Fell and Rob Stevenhagen and produced by Gary Ross and Allison Thomas, The Tale of Despereaux features the voice talent of Matthew Broderick, Robbie Coltrane, Frances Conroy, Tony Hale, Ciaran Hinds, Dustin Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Kevin Kline, Frank Langella, Christopher Lloyd, William H. Macy, James Nesbitt, Stanley Tucci, Tracey Ullman, Emma Watson and Sigourney Weaver.

The game will follow and extend the film’s storyline in adventures spanning from the magical kitchen and colourful rooms of the castle to the dark dungeons of the rat lairs. An introductory training mode, mouse-centric unique abilities, upgradeable skills and objects, and a lot of courage, will help Despereaux face off against a multitude of animal enemies and human foes on his quest to save Princess Pea. Multiple difficulty settings will ensure that a wide range of adventurers can enjoy Despereaux’s heroics again and again.

"Whether charmed by the book or newly introduced to the characters via the film, children of all ages can expand on their love for Despereaux with this title," said Mitch Davis, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Brash Entertainment. "We’re excited and proud to be translating this classic into an exciting, engaging and enriching game."

"With its focus on publishing film-based games, Brash was the clear partner to develop the interactive adventure that would accompany the film and bring Despereaux to life on gaming screens," said Bill Kispert, VP and General Manager, Interactive, Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group. "The game’s attention to detail will allow players to explore all the nooks and crannies of the whimsical Kingdom of Dor."

The Tale of Despereaux will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Wii videogame system from Nintendo, and PC, and is set to scurry onto shelves this winter.