LOS ANGELES ¡V (May 10, 2004) ¡V Buena Vista Games, Inc., the global interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company, today announced its games showcase for this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). With offerings for avid game enthusiasts, tweens and Disney fans, the company will feature an array of new titles based on many blockbuster properties derived from entities across The Walt Disney Company, such as TRON and Disney Channel's That's So Raven, propelling them to the interactive stage in well-designed, action-driven games that are sure to become all-time favorites. Attendees can check out Buena Vista Games' E3 lineup at booth #900, South Hall.
Buena Vista Games' E3 portfolio features the company's announcement that it will publish multi-platform video games based on Walt Disney Pictures' upcoming 3D animated feature film, Chicken Little, which continues the famous tale of Chicken Little who proclaimed "The sky is falling!," and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, an epic live-action film based on the best-selling story by C.S. Lewis. Both are slated for release in summer and Holiday 2005, respectively.
"At this year's E3, Buena Vista Games is presenting its strongest video game lineup," said Graham Hopper, senior vice president and general manager, Buena Vista Games. "In the last 18 months, our business has evolved to a multi-platform video game company that reflects and enhances the broad intellectual properties of The Walt Disney Company. From the success of our two-year old GBA publishing business to our recent publishing announcement supporting two major Disney feature films for 2005, Buena Vista Games is thriving within the walls of a major Hollywood studio."
Entertainment Titles for Game Enthusiasts
Hold onto your game pad! The company's most highly anticipated games aim to please gamers with state-of-the-art single and multiplayer gameplay.
TRON 2.0: Killer App for Xbox ¡V Players are digitized inside the world of a war-ravaged computer system on the verge of collapse from a seemingly unstoppable army of corrupt programs lead by the evil "user" Thorne. As Thorne's relentless army grows, it infects helpless programs, converting them into savage digital mercenaries aimed at spreading viral agents throughout the system. The security forces in the system struggle to quarantine the corruption, but they are hopelessly outnumbered by the mounting army of infected programs. Only a human "user" inside the computer world can even the odds. Armed with an arsenal of powerful digital weapons, players face off in epic, action-packed warfare along side security forces and against legions of horribly mutated programs as you fight to stop the corruption from spreading and bringing down computer systems worldwide. Currently in development by Climax's Los Angeles studio, TRON 2.0: Killer App will feature new, exclusive Xbox Live multiplayer combat, specially designed to deliver gamers a state-of-the-art online multiplayer gaming experience. Slated for release in fall 2004.
Games based on blockbuster entertainment properties on display from Buena Vista Games' licensees include:
- Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles for PlayStation¥2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system from Microsoft, GameCube, Game Boy Advance and PC, from THQ.
- Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories for Game Boy Advance, and Kingdom Hearts II for PlayStation 2, from Square Enix.
- King Arthur for PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube from Konami.
- Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge for PlayStation 2, from Capcom.
- Power Rangers Dino Thunder for PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance, from THQ.
Action-Adventure Handheld Games Buena Vista Games brings the most incredibly imaginative entertainment properties to handheld game consoles for gamers of all ages.
TRON 2.0: Killer App for Game Boy Advance ¡V Players take on the role of digital warriors Tron and Mercury as they battle against The Corruptor, an evil computer program attempting to create the ultimate virus and take over the system in the all new TRON 2.0: Killer App for Game Boy Advance. The game features two unique storylines, incredible third-person digital action, hyper-fast vehicle combat, upgradeable characters, multiplayer levels and more, delivering a truly fun gameplay experience unlike any other on hand-held game console. Slated for release in fall 2004, along with TRON 2.0: Killer App for Xbox.
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King for Game Boy Advance ¡V Once a holiday king, Oogie Boogie has so ruined his August holiday of celebrating bugs to the point where his holiday has completely ceased to exist. Therefore, he has decided that if he can't have his own holiday, then Halloween will do nicely. Meanwhile, Jack and the citizens of Halloween town notice that unusual bugs have started to infest their township. Unable to figure out where these creepy crawlers have come from, Jack and his trusted pal Zero embark on a journey to locate the source of the ever-increasing bug invasion. With help from familiar faces, such as Sally-the-Mayor, and the inventions of Dr. Finklestein, Jack discovers that the bugs are under the command of Oogie Boogie. Now, it's up to Jack to rid the town of this new infestation, and stop Oogie Boogie from carrying out his evil plot. This is the story of how Jack Skellington met Oogie Boogie, and how he saved Halloween. Slated for release in fall 2004.
Stylish, Action Games for Tweens
Disney Interactive's lifestyle-oriented action games for tweens catapult popular characters from hit television shows on Disney Channel to the interactive stage.
Disney's Kim Possible 2: Drakken's Demise for Game Boy Advance ¡V Based on the action-packed Disney Channel series, Kim Possible is back in another video game adventure where players lead her into battle against Falsetto Jones, Gemini, Duff Killigan, Shego and Dr. Drakken. Kim can bounce up walls, hurl glue bombs to subdue enemies, judo flip henchmen, reflect laser beams with her hand mirror and spray hot sauce to melt icy obstructions. If all else fails, players can engage her amazing stealth suit and make her invisible to enemy eyes. The game delivers four action-packed episodes, each offering a new gadget and acrobatic ability. As players progress through the game, they can go back and replay earlier levels, including accessing areas that were previously unreachable. Remember, anything is possible when Kim Possible is involved! Slated for release this summer.
Disney's Lizzie McGuire 2 for Game Boy Advance ¡V Based on the top-rated TV series on Disney Channel and following the smash success of Lizzie McGuire: On the Go for Game Boy Advance, Disney Interactive will launch Lizzie McGuire 2 which lets players reprise their role as Lizzie in a new animated action-adventure game guaranteed to delight girls of all ages. Slated for release in fall 2004.
Disney's That's So Raven for Game Boy Advance ¡V Based on Disney Channel's hit TV series of the same name, Disney Interactive's new That's So Raven action-adventure game for Game Boy Advance lets girls take on the role of Raven herself, where they can experience her psychic premonitions and master her power in order to prevent disaster. The game also features Raven's favorite friends and includes four side-scrolling adventures with each adventure based on an episode from the TV show. Slated for release in fall 2004.
For Disney Fans
New titles from Disney Interactive enable young gamers to enjoy hours of action and adventure with their favorite Disney characters.
Disney's Lilo & Stitch 2: Hamsterviel's Revenge for Game Boy Advance ¡V Based on Disney Channel's hit television program "Lilo & Stitch," Disney Interactive will launch the sequel to the wildly popular Lilo & Stitch for Game Boy Advance where kids play as both Stitch and Lilo as they attempt to rescue Nina and David who have been kidnapped by the evil Hamsterviel and taken onboard his spaceship. To complicate things, Hamsterviel has created evil alien Experiments that go head-to-head with the heroes. Players must start by capturing each Experiment and harnessing their special power in order to progress and capture the next, such as with Sparky, Experiment 22, which can help players out with his powerful electricity balls, or Richter, Experiment 513, which can shake things up by igniting a rockin', rollin' earthquake! The game includes three modes of play, including platform shooting as Stitch, navigation and strategy as Lilo and action-packed racing, in addition to multiplayer mode that lets kids play together. Slated for release in fall 2004.
Disney games from licensees include:
- Disney's Aladdin for Game Boy Advance, from Capcom.
- Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo: The Continuing Story for Game Boy Advance, from THQ.
About Buena Vista Games
Buena Vista Games, Inc. is the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company's Consumer Products business unit. The division publishes, markets and distributes a broad portfolio of PC and multi-platform video games worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with third-party interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. Titles for Buena Vista Games fall under two publishing labels: Buena Vista Interactive, which publishes high-profile, multi-platform games based on creative content from the numerous businesses within The Walt Disney Company, and Disney Interactive, which markets and distributes the company's interactive entertainment based on Disney branded properties.
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