Consoles are entering the original video content game in a big way. Microsoft is bringing Halo and a slew of other series to their XBox Live service and, just this year, Sony announced they would stream comic book adaptation of Powers through their PSN service for Playstation owners.
Yesterday at their E3 press conference, Sony announced that Powers would stream to PSN users this December, and that the show’s pilot would be made available for free to all PlayStation 4 owners, and that the rest of the series would be released at no additional charge to PSN Plus subscribers.
Powers follows homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim as they investigate crimes relating to super powers. The comic book series, which began publication in 2000, is one of the few creator owned properties to be released by a major comic book publisher. Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, Powers was initially pitched to DC before beginning publication under Image and eventually moving to Icon (a division of Marvel).
Sony optioned Powers for TV in 2009, and development began at FX with a cast that included Jason Patrick (The Lost Boys, NARC) and Lucy Punch (Hot Fuzz). A pilot was created in 2011, and while more scripts were ordered, FX’s desire to make changes eventually sunk the series into development hell. This year Sony decided to create and distribute the series themselves, releasing it on their PlayStation Network service.