Vivendi Games' Sierra Ent. has secured top Hollywood talent to provide voices for the characters featured in the videogame, TIMESHIFT, scheduled to release for the Xbox 360 and PC this September. Dennis Quaid, Nick Chinlund and Michael Ironside will add their voices to the original first-person shooter videogame offering unprecedented time-control technology that allows players to slow, stop or reverse time in order to overcome difficult scenarios and defeat challenging enemies.
"TIMESHIFT is already acclaimed for its time manipulation game mechanics, yet we still examined ways to increase the overall entertainment take-away for players, and including Hollywood voice actors was one way to do so," said Cindy Cook, chief strategy and marketing officer for Vivendi Games. "By casting recognizable Hollywood actors to voice the main characters, we're providing audiences with an audio touchstone that gives the game a greater level of authenticity and ultimately, enjoyment."
Quaid, the renowned actor who has starred in such blockbuster films as In GOOD COMPANY, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, THE ROOKIE, FAR FROM HEAVEN and TRAFFIC, will voice TIMESHIFT's lead character, Colonel Michael Swift. Nick Chinlund, best known for his performances in CON AIR, TRAINING DAY and THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK films, will voice General Mitchell the military overseer for Project TimeShift. Michael Ironside, with many television roles on hits like ER and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, as well as films, such as THE PERFECT STORM, STARSHIP TROOPERS, TOTAL RECALL and TOP GUN, will be the voice of scientist Doctor Krone.
Marked by an epic, time-traveling narrative and cutting edge in-game graphics, TIMESHIFT introduces a never-before-seen approach in the genre by enabling players to manipulate time to bring down a totalitarian regime.
Players assume the role of recently retired test pilot Colonel Michael Swift, a man haunted by the tragic loss of his daughter. Swift accepts a unique offer from the U.S. government to test an experimental set of time-control devices and become the world's first "chrononaut." He inadvertently alters time and returns to a present changed beyond recognition. The democracy he left has become a fascist nightmare and his knowledge of his time travel saga has made him an enemy of the state. Armed with the time-shifting Quantum Suit, Swift is now in the deadly race to fix the past, present and future.
TIMESHIFT was developed by Saber Interactive for the Xbox 360 and PC. For more information please visit www.timeshift.sierra.com.
Saber Interactive (www.saber3d.com)is a developer of interactive entertainment products for the PC and next-generation consoles. The company is a leader in the research and development of 3D rendering technology and applies its findings to create visually spectacular and unique games. Saber Interactive has developed one of the most sophisticated cross-platform game engines in the industry, the Saber3d Engine. Headquartered in Cranford, New Jersey, with a second development office in St. Petersburg, Russia, the company employs a talented team of software engineers, artists and designers with extensive experience in game development.
Vivendi Games (www.vivendigames.com) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is a leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPG) category, holds leading positions in the PC, console, handheld and mobile games markets, and is an emerging player in casual online games. Vivendi Games' two principal studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Ent., headquartered in Irvine, California, the creator of WORLD OF WARCRAFT, DIABLO, STARCRAFT and WARCRAFT; and Los Angeles-based Sierra Ent., which includes Radical Ent., Swordfish Studios, High Moon Studios and Massive Ent. Sierra's IPs include CRASH BANDICOOT, SPYRO THE DRAGON, EMPIRE EARTH, SWAT, DARKWATCH, TIMESHIFT, GROUND CONTROL and LEISURE SUIT LARRY. Vivendi Games is also home to Vivendi Games Mobile, publishing games for the emerging mobile market, and Sierra Online, dedicated to publishing casual games for online play and distribution on all platforms. Vivendi Games maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox and Ludlum Ent. The company has 16 offices around the world conducting business in 75 countries.