Press Release from Disney Interactive Studios
LOS ANGELES -- Disney Interactive Studios will unveil an expansive portfolio of video games for kids, families and gamers on most major game platforms and devices during the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the industry trade show, June 2-4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Disney Interactive Studios' games take players through experiences on a variety of platforms, including home consoles, handheld devices, computers and smart phones, including iPhone and Android. Products target diverse demographics while taking advantage of each hardware's unique features to provide high-quality entertainment experiences that showcase both new intellectual properties and well known Disney franchises.
"Disney Interactive Studios continues to stake a leadership position in making innovative and creative games available to players everywhere they play," said Graham Hopper, executive vice president and general manager, Disney Interactive Studios. "We're continuing to drive our business by leveraging familiar Disney brands and creating new innovative properties that provide audiences with entertaining products which create lasting positive memories."
The company's rich line-up is highlighted by new franchises for home consoles: SPLIT/SECOND, an intense, action arcade racing game in which players trigger large-scale, dramatic events that take out opponents and alter the race track; PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ARMADA OF THE DAMNED, a new open world action role playing game with an original story based in the Pirates of the Caribbean universe; TOY STORY MANIA!, a fast-paced, fun-filled video game inspired by the immensely popular new attraction at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, featuring the iconic characters and humor from the popular Disney/Pixar TOY STORY franchise; SPECTROBES: ORIGINS, the next step in the evolution of the popular sci-fi game franchise to the Wii; and DISNEY SING IT: POP HITS, the third title in the hit video-based karaoke video game series.
The Disney E3 video games line-up also includes numerous games for all systems and devices based on popular entertainment properties.
Games that will appear in Disney Interactive Studios' E3 booth:
Original Intellectual Properties
-- SPLIT/SECOND: Set within the world of a hyper-competitive reality television show in a made-for-TV city rigged for destruction, SPLIT/SECOND is an intense action racing game in which competitors can trigger events that take out opponents or completely change the track as they compete for the ultimate prize -- to become the season's champion. SPLIT/SECOND is from Black Rock Studio, Disney's racing game studio in Brighton, England, and the developer of PURE, the Game Critics Awards' Best Racing Game of E3 2008.
Platforms: The Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system and Windows PCRelease Date: Early 2010
-- PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ARMADA OF THE DAMNED: ARMADA OF THE DAMNED is an action RPG that takes players on a journey into the Pirates of the Caribbean world during a time before the stories from the films. Players will take on the role of a pirate while making decisions that affect the evolution of the original story's progression. The game will feature the ability to sail and fight through a massive open world filled with dangerous enemies, questionable allies, epic sea battles and the mysterious supernatural.Platforms: Next-generation consoles and Windows PCRelease Date: Fall 2010
-- TOY STORY MANIA!: TOY STORY MANIA! showcases an array of entertaining games inspired by the new Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort attraction, while featuring the iconic characters and humor from the popular Disney/Pixar "Toy Story" franchise. In addition to rapid fire shooting galleries adapted from the attraction, the game includes new and original galleries and a series of mini games, all hosted by beloved characters from the movies. TOY STORY MANIA! also includes bonus 3D features, transforming the game experience with eye-popping visuals.Platform: WiiRelease Date: Fall 2009
-- SPECTROBES: ORIGINS: Disney's monster battle franchise comes exclusively to Wii as the saga of planetary patrol officers Rallen and Jeena continues. The two characters will explore new worlds alongside the powerful Spectrobes. Players will discover the depths of the Spectrobes mythology while battling, exploring, excavating and playing alone or together in cooperative mode on the same Wii system.Platform: WiiRelease Date: Fall 2009
-- DISNEY SING IT: POP HITS: The third title in the video-based karaoke video game franchise from Disney Interactive Studios features 30 master recordings and popular music videos from fan favorites, including Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Colbie Caillat, Demi Lovato, Hannah Montana, Jesse McCartney and Coldplay. With the help of Disney Channel star Tiffany Thornton from SONNY WITH A CHANCE, the newly expanded "Sing It Pro" mode lets players develop their singing and performance skills to unlock special rewards as they play.Platforms: Wii and PLAYSTATION 3 system; PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system (Europe only)Release Date: Fall 2009
-- CLUB PENGUIN: CLUB PENGUIN, from Disney Online, is one of the largest and fastest growing virtual worlds for kids. It's a snow-covered, online wonderland where children from around the world interact, play games and let their imaginations soar. From new games to theme parties and special events, there's always something exciting happening in the world. CLUB PENGUIN is now available to play in English, Portuguese, French and soon, Spanish. CLUB PENGUIN: ELITE PENGUIN FORCE, available separately for Nintendo DS, enables online connectivity to CLUB PENGUIN.Platforms: Windows PC and Mac; CLUB PENGUIN: ELITE PENGUIN FORCE: Nintendo DSRelease Date: Available Now
-- KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 DAYS: Published by Square Enix Co., Ltd., KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 DAYS revolves around Roxas, the "other" hero from KINGDOM HEARTS II, and his days as a member of Organization XIII. Follow Roxas and the rest of Organization XIII across the various Disney Worlds, and discover the connection between him, Sora, and the mysterious 14th member, and the reasons behind his eventual departure from the organization. KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 DAYS also features a multiplayer mode for the first time, allowing players to control their favorite Organization XIII members.Platform: Nintendo DSRelease Date: Fall 2009
-- G-FORCE: Inspired by the upcoming feature film G-FORCE from Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, G-FORCE is a fast-paced action-platform game featuring a unique team of specially trained guinea pigs that use high-tech gadgets and specialized talents to complete a dangerous secret mission. G-FORCE features innovative gameplay with a unique sense of scale and puzzle solving that requires players to manipulate environments or enemies, including evil household appliances like waffle irons, water coolers and vacuum cleaners to complete their mission. In addition, G-FORCE on Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system has implemented technology that allows gamers to experience the game in high-quality 3D using included glasses.Platforms: Wii, Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, PlayStation 2 system, PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, Nintendo DS and Windows PCRelease Date: July 21, 2009
-- THE PRINCESS & THE FROG: In the magical, jazz-infused, world of 1920s New Orleans, young Tiana dreams of owning a restaurant but must overcome the hurdles set before her to discover that dreams really do come true. THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG captures the story and style of Disney's triumphant return to traditional animation in a charming adventure game packed with activities inspired by the film's events.Platforms: Wii and Nintendo DSRelease Date: November 2009
-- DISNEY FAIRIES: TINKER BELL AND THE LOST TREASURE: Coinciding with this fall's release of TINKER BELL AND THE LOST TREASURE from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, the second Nintendo DS title in the Disney Fairies franchise allows players to create and customize their very own Fairy to help prepare for the Autumn Revelry, or play as Tinker Bell to find a lost treasure north of Never Land. Players can experience new levels of integration with the Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow (www.PixieHollow.com) virtual world from Disney Online, including the ability to upload a Fairy avatar and various gatherables from the Nintendo DS game to the virtual world.Platform: Nintendo DSRelease Date: Fall 2009
-- DISNEY'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Inspired by the Charles Dicken's tale and re-imagined by Robert Zemeckis for film this holiday, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is an innovative puzzle-adventure game celebrating the spirit of the holidays with a Scrooge twist. The game invites a new generation to connect with the illustrious story and characters like never before and is sure to become a tradition embraced by the whole family.Platform: Nintendo DSRelease Date: November 3, 2009
-- CARS RACE-O-RAMA: Published by THQ Inc., CARS RACE-O-RAMA lets players race against new characters through action-packed tracks to win the Race-O-Rama trophy as their own personalized Lightning McQueen. Join Lightning McQueen in Radiator Springs as he prepares his academy of student racers for the Race-O-Rama exhibition. The game features car customization, new characters, new worlds of racing, cooperative play, dynamic game mechanics and mini games.Platforms: Wii, Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, PlayStation 2 system, PSP system and Nintendo DSRelease Date: October 2009
Disney Channel Properties
-- HANNAH MONTANA: ROCK OUT THE SHOW: In the first Hannah Montana game for the PSP system, play as Hannah Montana and perform 11 songs, including three new tracks. Jackson and Lilly are on hand to help Hannah on her tour as they travel to seven locations around the world and customize outfits, design stages, assemble song lists and more. Players will add their flair to performances by creating unique routines for each song with the "Rock Star Moment Maker" by customizing dance moves, lighting and special effects.Platform: PSP systemRelease Date: August 4, 2009
-- JONAS: JONAS allows players to take on the role of three superstar brothers -- Nick, Joe and Kevin Lucas -- in new adventures from the Disney Channel comedy series JONAS. Players help the JONAS band members juggle concerts, school, friends and fans to find the balance between their rock star world and everyday lives. JONAS features other main characters from the show, including good friends Macy and Stella, and lets fans explore familiar locations such as the brother's firehouse and school as seen in the television show.Platform: Nintendo DSRelease Date: Fall 2009
-- WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE: WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE is an adventure game that allows fans to play as their favorite wizard-in-training, Alex Russo, while casting magical spells, exploring new storylines and participating in mini games to complete tasks and acquire new magic skills. Players can experience the lives of the Russo kids as they explore locations from the television series, including the Waverly Sub Station, the Wizards Lair, Tribeca Prep, the Russo loft and many more.Platform: Nintendo DSRelease Date: August 25, 2009
Disney's games for mobile devices are integrated with upcoming Disney Interactive Studios' console and handheld games. Games are in development for all existing and emerging mobile platforms.
-- BREAKSPIN: In this arcade title, players use a ball of energy to destroy dark cells, unleash cosmic creatures and charge energy matter in 40 challenging levels.Platforms: iPhone/iPod Touch, Android, BlackBerry, Java/BrewRelease Date: August 2009
-- FAIRIES FLY: Players will tilt their device to guide their Fairy while picking up items and collecting Pixie Dust to score points and unlock new surprises.Platforms: iPhone/iPod TouchRelease Date: Now Available
-- G-FORCE: THE GAME: Players take control of three characters from the film -- Juarez, Darwin and Blaster -- in a series of mission-based adventures. Teamwork is crucial in the action/strategy game that requires players to use the different abilities of each character to decipher clues and sneak into enemy territory to destroy targets.Platforms: iPhone/iPod Touch, Android, BlackBerry, Java/BrewRelease Date: July 2009
-- G-FORCE: MOOCH FLY: Players assume the role of Mooch, a house fly, as they try to avoid obstacles while hovering through the air. The game's graphics were inspired by Mooch from the console games.Platforms: iPhone/iPod TouchRelease Date: June 2009
-- HANNAH MONTANA: STAR MOVES: The adventure game features Miley and Hannah while letting players explore Miley's home, school, the beach and the park. Players also perform on-stage as Miley and go to parties.Platforms: Android, BlackBerry, Java/BrewRelease Date: Now Available
-- JONAS: Fans get to experience their favorite band in a new way as they help Joe, Nick and Kevin juggle the demands of school, fashion and music with a series of mini games that allow them to match wardrobe, play beats, name tunes and ace exams.Platforms: Android, BlackBerry, Java/BrewRelease Date: June 2009
-- TOY STORY MANIA: The mobile game, based on the new attraction at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, features the well known characters from the Disney/Pixar "Toy Story" franchise. The game has five carnival games: egg toss, boot camp, balloon land, wild west and space range.Platforms: iPhone/iPod Touch, Java/BrewRelease Date: June 2009
-- WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE: The mobile game takes place during summer vacation and the world famous Wizards convention is coming up fast but only one of the Russo kids can go. Players will need to prove they are the right wizard while performing magic spells to solve problems and playing mini games.Platforms: BlackBerry, Android, Java/BrewRelease Date: August 2009
About Disney Interactive StudiosDisney Interactive Studios, part of Disney Interactive Media Group, is the interactive entertainment affiliate of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS). Disney Interactive Studios self publishes and distributes a broad portfolio of multiplatform video games, mobile games and interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with other interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. Disney Interactive Studios is based in Glendale, California, and has internal development studios around the world. For more information, log on to http://www.disneyinteractivestudios.com.
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