Disney Interactive Studios Continues Commitment to Create High Quality Games for a Broad Audience at E3 Media & Business Summit 2008

2008-07-15 07:00:00

New video games to provide innovative and engaging entertainment

for all members of the family leveraging both Disney franchises and

original titles such as Pure and Ultimate Band

LOS ANGELES–(EMWNews)–Disney Interactive Studios announced today its lineup of upcoming video

games that will be on display at the E3 Media & Business Summit 2008,

July 15-17. The lineup includes titles across the major console and

handheld platforms that appeal to every member of the family, whether

they are putting on the ultimate rock performance or pulling off

death-defying aerial tricks while soaring over huge peaks on a

four-wheel vehicle. The complete lineup of video games can be viewed

during the show in Meeting Room # 309. The E3 Media & Business Summit is

an invitation-only industry event.

The notion that video games only appeal to a

small subset of consumers is long gone, and the demand for titles that

reach every member of the family is rapidly increasing,

said Graham Hopper, executive vice president and general manager, Disney

Interactive Studios. Whether leveraging

popular Disney franchises such as High School Musical and Disney

Fairies, or through innovative new properties such as Ultimate

Band and Pure, Disney Interactive Studios is the leader in

delivering broad appeal entertainment.

Disney Interactive Studios legacy of

developing high quality video games stems from a long-standing

commitment to grow its self-publishing business. During its 2007

calendar year, Disney Interactive Studios was the No.10 publisher across

all video game platforms.

With a significant commitment to product development, the company is

continuing its strategy to dedicate nearly 70 percent of its investment

to develop titles that support major existing Disney franchises and

properties. This approach has proven to be extremely successful in

recent years, most notably for titles within the High School Musical franchise.

During the 2007 holiday season, the company shipped more than 3.8

million copies of the widely popular High School Musical video

games worldwide, achieving Top 20 positions on each published platform

for the month of December 2007, according to NPD data. This holiday

season, Disney Interactive Studios will deliver videogames that continue

to support the High School Musical brand, as well as the new Disney

Fairies and Disney Sing It franchises and Bolt, a game

inspired by the upcoming animated feature film.

Disney Interactive Studios also continues to

develop original video games that leverage the talent and expertise of

its internal studios. This holiday season alone, Disney Interactive

Studios will release three original titles for tweens and families

across multiple genres and platforms. Fall Line Studio, the companys

Nintendo Platform-dedicated entity, is developing Ultimate Band, a

music performance game for Wii home video

game console and Nintendo DS. The studio

also created the innovative DGamer online community that launched

earlier this year on Nintendo DS. Black Rock Studio, formerly Climax

Racing, is working on the much anticipated action sports off-road game, Pure

for the Xbox 360® video game and

entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3

computer entertainment system, and Windows-based PC. Finally, Disney

Interactive Studios will release the next installment in the popular

anime-inspired Spectrobes franchise, Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals for

Nintendo DS.

Below is a list of titles present at the E3 Media & Business Summit 2008:

Pure is an action sports off-road game on four wheel

vehicles featuring vertigo-inducing, massive aerial jumps and

unforgettable airborne tricks in diverse locations throughout the

world. Players will go head-to-head and attempt incredible

death-defying tricks throughout varying terrain. Developed by

Black Rock Studio, Disney’s award-winning studio in Brighton,

England, the game features multiplayer competition for up to 16

players and includes the ability to create and customize vehicles

with 65,000 different combinations.

Platforms: Xbox 360,

PLAYSTATION(R)3 system and Windows-based PC

Release Date: September 2008

 

Ultimate Band is a new interactive music video game for

Wii and Nintendo DS that encourages everyone to get off the couch

and perform as a rock star to their favorite songs. Ultimate Band

for the Wii is completely peripheral-free, utilizing only the Wii

Remote(TM) and Nunchuk(TM) to play lead guitar, bass guitar, drums

or act as the band’s front man. On the Nintendo DS, players will

only need their stylus to jam and create custom tracks. Ultimate

Band’s set list features current and classic rock tracks such as

“Whip It,” “My Generation,” “Fell In Love With A Girl” and “Steady

As She Goes.”

Platforms: Wii and Nintendo

DS

Release Date: Holiday 2008

 

Bolt is an action game starring Bolt, a dog with super

powers, and his owner and human companion, Penny. Inspired by the

upcoming animated film of the same name from Walt Disney Pictures,

Bolt centers on Bolt’s role in an action TV show in which the two

characters engage in adventures throughout the world. The game

expands beyond the film’s plot to reveal new characters,

environments, and stories.

Platforms: Xbox 360, Wii,

PLAYSTATION(R)3 system, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment

system, Nintendo DS and Windows-based PC

Release Date: November 2008

 

Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force for the Nintendo DS

introduces kids to all new adventures in the Club Penguin world,

giving players a chance to complete secret agent missions, solve

mysteries and connect with friends in new ways via DGamer,

Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and ad hoc play. The game allows players

to take on the role of a covert agent in the top secret Elite

Penguin Force. Players embark on missions utilizing familiar and

all-new gadgets, accessories, vehicles and locations to

investigate mysterious events in the Club Penguin world. Players

will be able to wirelessly connect with the virtual Club Penguin

world using the Nintendo DS to unlock special features and upload

coins to their online penguin account.

Platform: Nintendo DS

Release Date: Holiday 2008

 

Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell for Nintendo DS allows

players to explore the magical world of Pixie Hollow. Playing as

Tinker Bell herself, kids will play mini-games and participate in

time-based activities. They will also learn the importance of

creativity and teamwork as they go on quests, create fashion

trends, and interact with all of the other Fairies in the world,

including Silvermist, Iridessa and Fawn.

Platform: Nintendo DS

Release Date: Fall 2008

 

Disney Sing It is the new karaoke video game that allows

fans to perform to 35 songs from Camp Rock, High School Musical,

Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus, Aly & AJ, Jesse McCartney and more.

The game features single and multiplayer modes, and lets players

practice tricky elements of singing in different vocal exercises.

Players can personalize their game experience with various themes

and digital skins. New song packs and bonus content can be

downloaded via Xbox LIVE(R) online entertainment network and

Playstation(R) Network.

Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3,

Wii, PlayStation 2 system, Windows-based PC

Release Date: Holiday 2008

 

High School Musical 3: Senior Year DANCE! features new

music from the upcoming theatrical release of Disney’s “High

School Musical 3: Senior Year,” along with all the familiar songs,

locations and characters from the previous “High School Musical”

movies. Players move to the rhythm of the songs using the

controllers unique to each video game console, such as Wii Remote

and Nunchuk for Wii. Fans can play as Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay,

Ryan, Chad, Taylor, or as their own customized Wildcat. Bundled

versions with “High School Musical” branded dance mats will also

be available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2 system for players who

want the complete dance party experience.

Platforms: Xbox 360, Wii,

PlayStation 2 system, Windows-based PC

Release Date: Fall 2008

 

High School Musical 3: Senior Year features music,

locations and characters from the upcoming theatrical release of

“High School Musical 3: Senior Year.” Using an all-new

rhythm-based game mechanic, players can play to the rhythm of new

songs from the movie. Players can also take “High School Musical”

themed quizzes to find out which Wildcat they are most similar to

and capture photos of the characters to create memorable layouts

for their East High yearbook.

Platforms: Nintendo DS

Release Date: Fall 2008

 

Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals is the sequel to the

best-selling Nintendo DS game, Spectrobes. In the sci-fi

action/role playing game, players take on the role of planetary

patrol officers Rallen and Jeena to investigate fossilized

creatures that they must excavate, awaken, train and use in battle

against enemies. Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals also includes new

features such as a full three-dimensional perspective, multiplayer

through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, a map to assist with

exploration, new excavation and battle features, new Code Input

Cards, new creatures and more.

Platforms: Nintendo DS

Release Date: October 2008

For more information on Disney Interactive Studios, please visit www.disneyinteractivestudios.com.

About Disney Interactive Studios

Disney Interactive Studios is the interactive entertainment affiliate of

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS). Disney Interactive Studios self

publishes and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform video

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 five internal game development

studios around the world including Avalanche Software, Fall Line Studio,

Propaganda Games, Black Rock Studio and Junction Point Studios.

©Disney. Release dates and product

names are of product currently in development and may be subject to

change.

Disney Interactive Studios
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E3)
michelle.jacob@disney.com
Eric

Wein, 818-553-4137
eric.wein@disney.com
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Communications for Disney Interactive Studios
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415-613-5810 (mobile at E3)
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