Syfy is extending its popular Saturday Original Movies franchise to the video game universe.
Announcement from Syfy:
NEW YORK, NY– Syfy is extending its popular Saturday Original Movies franchise to the video game universe. Expanding its slate of Syfy Games, Syfy Ventures has launched a new social game, Syfy Monster Island, based on some of the iconic monsters featured in its Saturday Original Movies, it was announced by Alan Seiffert, Senior Vice President, Syfy Ventures.
Syfy Monster Island is an adventure-filled, modern-era RPG. In the game, fans travel to Monster Island to battle monsters from Syfy’s popular Saturday Original Movies, such as Mega Python and Sharktopus, and famous monsters of myth. Players will capture these incredible creatures and keep them in their own Monster Sanctuary, where they can study and harvest the monsters. https://apps.facebook.com/syfymonsterisland/
Gamers also compete or collaborate with other monster hunters to explore various regions of the Island and embark on quests to discover the dark secrets of the monsters’ origins. Along the way, players will develop powerful abilities as they acquire and craft a variety of high-tech weapons and munitions. Sneaky Games is the developer of Syfy Monster Island.
Seiffert further announced that Syfy Games has launched Stardrift Empires, a massively multiplayer strategy game with over 300,000 players to date. In Stardrift Empires, players explore the universe, colonize planets, build fleets of warships, form alliances and engage in interstellar warfare to create intergalactic empires. Blue Frog Gaming is the developer of Stardrift Empires. http://www.syfygames.com/games/stardriftempires/
Both games are available on Facebook and Syfygames.com, among other platforms worldwide.
Said Seiffert: “We are excited to launch another unique cross-platform project, continuing our commitment by delivering prime gaming entertainment. Our Saturday Original Movies are highly popular and Syfy Monster Island will provide our audience a deeper level of engagement with the favorite monsters that they love and fear.”
Launched in 2008, Syfy Ventures serves as the business development and new enterprise unit for Syfy, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. Syfy’s portfolio of businesses transcends the television screen, and focuses upon next-generation brand extensions, including both media and non-media properties. Syfy Ventures rapidly expanding portfolio includes four major business lines: Gaming, Kids, Online & Mobile, and Consumer Products. Syfy Games is the umbrella brand for Syfy’s gaming projects, including the partnerships with Trion Worlds (Defiance) and Bigpoint.
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.