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Buena Vista Opens Dead Man’s Chest with Pirates 2 Games

Buena Vista Games Inc. (BVG) announced the development of new videogame titles based on the highly anticipated feature film, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST, scheduled for release in summer 2006. Building on the popularity of its successful portable games business, BVG will release games for the PSP and Nintendo DS in conjunction with the movie launch.

BVG has signed the critically acclaimed U.K.-based game developer, Eurocom, to create future games for the upcoming next generation consoles based on the hit movie franchise. Eurocom's development credits include best-selling console games based on JAMES BOND, HARRY POTTER and CRASH BANDICOOT among others.

The PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise will develop over the next few years as one of the most exciting and important initiatives BVG will spearhead," said Graham Hopper, svp/gm, Buena Vista Games Inc. "Our upcoming games will expand the PIRATES world and allow fans to take on the roles of some of the most rousing characters ever created, and experience firsthand their perilous adventures."

In BVG's upcoming DEAD MAN'S CHEST videogames, consumers will be able to play as Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann as they explore and brawl across land and sea on a memorable quest in search of the legendary Dead Man's Chest. The games will not only feature thrilling moments from the movie, but will expand the fantasy of the franchise by offering new adventures and locations inspired by the rich PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN universe. The handheld titles are being developed by Seattle-based Amaze Ent. and Griptonite Games.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Gore Verbinski, once again stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner and Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann. The film is being filmed in Los Angeles and the Caribbean and is due for release in July 2006.

Buena Vista Games Inc. is the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Co.'s Consumer Products business unit. The division publishes, markets and distributes a broad portfolio of PC and multi-platform videogames 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 Co. as well as new intellectual properties, and Disney Interactive, which publishes the company's interactive entertainment based on Disney branded properties.

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