Actress-Singer Brandy steps into Gaming now

Brandy Actress and musician Brandy Norwood, who’s better known as Brandy is now venturing into the video game world.

Brandy who has sold more than 14 million albums worldwide, will be rendering her voice and image, and help design the story line for a sci-fi/action game that will be launched around in the first quarter of 2007.

The game comes from Matty/Markus Games, a Los Angeles-based firm founded by director Matty Rich (“Straight Out of Brooklyn”) and video game veteran Frederic Markus (“Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure.”)

Brandy will develop an original soundtrack for the as-yet-untitled game. Apart from hearing this exclusive music in the new game, the release schedule calls for the CD of the soundtrack to go on sale right before the video game ships.

“An original soundtrack from artists that we build games around will be part of our release model at Matty/Markus Games,” said Rich, who is working with rapper The Game on an original Mature-rated lowrider street-racing PSP game for release in the fall. A video game soundtrack will be released before that title’s release as well.

As per the Entertainment Software Assn., 40% of gamers today are female. Rich said his plan is to provide a strong female character for gamers as an alternative to the typical female caricatures games often feature.

Rich said, “Brandy will play a strong female character that is put into a situation that she must react to — one which has the fate of the world hinging on it.” Rich continued that he wants to fit in Brandy’s personality, emotions and music into the game.

“She’ll play a very dynamic character,” Rich said. “The success of games like ‘Tomb Raider’ has shown that there’s a need for strong female characters.”