The New Sierra Launches with an Exclusive Focus on Indie Game Development
The Epic Return of King's Quest and Geometry Wars3: Dimensions
Headline the List of New, Fan-Favorite Titles Planned to Launch Under the Sierra Brand
With a renowned history that's served as the origin for many nostalgic video game characters, worlds and experiences, Sierra™ continues on today in a return to form that fans of great games will love. Sierra's focus is on indie studios developing innovative, edgy and graphically unique games, including new IPs and contemporary reimaginings of beloved Sierra classics. Headlining Sierra's slate of indie games is an all-new King's Quest™ experience in 2015, and a new Geometry Wars™ game planned to launch this holiday season. Additionally, the Sierra team is well underway exploring other indie projects to potentially launch later this year, and in 2015 and beyond.
In development by the beloved and quirky studio The Odd Gentlemen (The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom), King's Quest is a fully reimagined version of the fan-favorite Sierra game fit for both the old and new generation of King's Quest players. Huge fans of the original King's Quest series, The Odd Gentlemen are crafting a charming new adventure with an awe-inspiring art style, engaging puzzles, and a wondrous interactive narrative brimming with humor. In the new story, King Graham - revered as the greatest adventurer to ever live - shares his life's adventures with his curious granddaughter, Gwendolyn. It is through these tales that Gwendolyn discovers the true greatness of her grandfather. King's Quest is expected to make its heralded return in 2015.
Today's news about the future of Sierra was met with excitement from its original founder, Ken Williams. "We're very proud of what we created all those years ago with Sierra Online, and today's news about carrying Sierra forward as an indie-specific brand is very encouraging," said Williams. "We look forward to seeing Sierra's independent spirit live on, and are especially excited to see what The Odd Gentlemen will do with King's Quest."
Sierra began in 1979 with a single 8-bit Apple II microcomputer, and founders Roberta and Ken Williams' love for storytelling and new technology that drove a revolution in the adventure game genre, and forever changed the industry. Today, a new wave of independent artists and entrepreneurs are using the same inventive attitude and latest tech to create amazing gaming experiences, and that's where Sierra comes into play. With the popularity of digital platforms like Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and Steam, the new Sierra will cater to the unique needs of each indie studio, ranging from aiding in game development and first party relations, to PR, marketing and digital/retail distribution. Sierra will help foster today's talent to create amazing video games as it has so many times before.
"Sierra's goal is to find and work with talented indie developers working on their own amazing projects, or passionate about working on great Sierra IP, and leverage our expertise to aid them in bring these fun and exciting experiences to gamers with the level of visibility and awareness they deserve," said Bob Loya, Sr. Director of External Development. "In addition to Lucid Games and The Odd Gentlemen, we're in talks with a large number of other indie devs, and can't wait to share more details with fans in the near future."
The first title set to launch under Sierra is Geometry Wars3: Dimensions from the team at Lucid Games. Geometry Wars3: Dimensions is an exciting new evolution of the fast-paced, frenetic Geometry Wars gameplay fans love, and will introduce full 3D action and both cooperative and competitive multiplayer for the first time in the franchise. In addition to a full single-player campaign with 50 unique challenges and over 10 battle modes - five of which are brand new to the series - Geometry Wars3: Dimensions features dynamic and persistent progression, offering players a consistently new experience each time they play. Geometry Wars3: Dimensions is planned to launch later this year.
"Thanks to Sierra, we're planning to release Geometry Wars3: Dimensions on more platforms than ever before," said Pete Wallace, Studio Head, Lucid Games. "We're thrilled to work with the indie team at Sierra to bring the next generation of Geo Wars gameplay to our passionate and loyal fans, and look forward to seeing you all online!"
For the latest information on Sierra, including additional details on King's Quest and Geometry Wars3: Dimensions, be sure to check out the official Sierra website at www.sierra.com.
Activision Publishing, Inc. announced today that it will bring the complete Skylanders Trap Team videogame to tabletsi at launch, marking the first time a full Skylanders® game will be available on iPad®, Kindle Fire and Android tablets day-and-date with the console version. The tablet version of the game delivers the same experience with console-quality graphicsii and comes with its own high performance controller, delivering yet another significant technological leap to the Skylanders franchise.
The Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack will include a Bluetooth® Traptanium Portal™; an embedded Bluetooth® controller to provide the best gameplay experience possible; a built-in tablet stand; two Skylanders characters; two Traps and a display tray that lets Portal Masters keep track of the Traps they've collected and which villains they have trapped.
"Skylanders has become an incredibly appealing brand and franchise for kids around the world. And the tablet has become an incredibly appealing gaming platform for kids around the world. But we haven't been able to bring the full Skylanders experience to the tablet until now," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. "We always want to deliver breakthrough experiences, and we also always want to be wherever gamers want to play. This is a chance for us to bring the magic of Skylanders to a whole new platform and audience. Whether you want to sit on the couch and play with the wireless controller, or play on the go using just the tablet itself, this provides a great experience for gamers."
Skylanders Trap Team brings a ground-breaking innovation to the Skylanders franchise by reversing the magic of its signature Toys-To-Life™ play pattern to let kids bring life to toys. Skylanders Trap Team allows Portal Masters to seek out the most wanted villains in all of Skylands, defeat them and pull them out of the game into their living rooms by capturing them in magical Traps. Fans can then play as both heroes and villains who join the forces of good in an all-new adventure. Now, for the first time in franchise history, fans can experience a full Skylanders game on the go, wherever and whenever they want.
The tablet version of Skylanders Trap Team upholds the same gameplay-driven adventure as the console version with console-quality graphics,ii complete with lush, expansive environments that push the technological boundaries of select tablet devices. Like the console version of the game, all toys will be cross-platform compatible, with all skills and upgrades intact.
Skylanders Trap Team on tablet can be experienced two different ways:
The Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack will be available on October 5th in North America, October 10th in Europe and October 2nd in Australia on the following platforms: a variety of iPad®, Kindle Fire and Android tablets; Xbox One and Xbox 360 games and entertainment systems from Microsoft; PlayStation®4 system; PlayStation®3 system; Nintendo's Wii™ system and Nintendo's Wii U™ system. A different, unique adventure also will be available on the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system.
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Official Beta Dates for the PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 Announced
Destiny ‘Ghost' and ‘Limited' Collector's Editions Revealed
Activision Publishing, Inc. and Bungie today confirmed the calendar for the highly anticipated Destiny Beta, which will include a diverse sampling of major activities featured in the full game. Fans who pre-order Destiny at a participating retailer are guaranteed access into the Beta, which will commence as follows:
Fans can watch the brand new Destiny Beta trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TljtC5qnb-s
"As we prepare to launch our first Beta on multiple console platforms around the world, we are excited and eager to open the flood gates," said Harold Ryan, Bungie's president. "We already love to play Destiny, and with your help we can be ready for our launch in September."
Activision and Bungie also revealed today three epic collector's edition versions of the game. The Destiny Ghost Edition and the Destiny Limited Edition both include the following:
The Destiny Ghost Edition will also include the following:
For digital pre-order fans, the Destiny Digital Guardian Edition includes a digital download copy of the game, Destiny Expansion Pass and the Collector's Edition Digital Content Pack.
The Destiny Ghost Edition ($149.99), the Destiny Limited Edition ($99.99), the Destiny Digital Guardian Edition ($89.99) and the Destiny Expansion Pass ($34.99 for the pass, Expansion I and Expansion II will be priced individually at $19.99 when they launch) are available for pre-order now. All pre-orders on any sku will include access to the Vanguard Armory that includes early access to weapons, gear and exclusive player emblem. Fans can visit http://www.destinythegame.com/wheretobuy to see a list of participating global retailers.
For more information about the Beta and the Destiny collector's editions, visit www.DestinyTheGame.com. For exclusive updates, follow the official Destiny social channels at www.facebook.com/DestinyTheGame and @DestinyTheGame on Twitter, and interact directly with the developers at www.Bungie.net.
Players are cast as Guardians of the last city on Earth, who will explore the ancient ruins of our solar system from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Able to wield incredible power, gamers must battle humanity's enemies and reclaim all that was lost during the collapse of mankind's Golden Age. In a story-driven universe, Destiny unfolds through grand tales and epic adventures by immersing players in a bold new universe filled with cooperative, competitive, public, and social activities, all seamlessly connected. Destiny is rated T for Teen by the ESRB (Animated Blood and Violence).
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Skylanders Trap Team and Destiny Showcase Blockbuster Lineup
Activision Publishing, Inc. is set to kick-off this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) with a blockbuster lineup featuring the #1 and #3 videogame franchises of 2013 in the U.S., including toys and accessories, according to the NPD Group1, and what could be the biggest new videogame IP of the year. Starting Tuesday, June 10, at the LA Convention Center, the company will debut a new era for the Call of Duty® franchise with Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare, while showcasing the newest innovative title from the popular Skylanders® brand with Skylanders Trap Team™, and the highly anticipated Destiny®.
"This year's E3 has been years in the making for us," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. "Each game we are showcasing is the result of our commitment to quality and innovation: our first 3-year development and our first new lead developer on the Call of Duty franchise in a decade with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Our biggest innovation since we invented the Toys-to-Life category with Skylanders Trap Team. And the result of over four years of passion, partnership and investment to bring Bungie's vision for Destiny to life. I think this is the best slate in Activision's history and I can't wait for gamers to get a closer look."
Activision's E3 Slate Includes:
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Developed by Sledgehammer Games, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare delivers gamers an immersive and compelling narrative, jaw-dropping visuals and, for the first time in Call of Duty, exoskeleton gameplay that will redefine how people play the game. Players become the advanced soldier enabled with the power of the exoskeleton, an advanced arsenal of never-before-seen weaponry, new abilities and new gameplay mechanics. The first Call of Duty to benefit from a three-year development cycle, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is built specifically for the next generation consoles. The game takes place in a future setting that immerses players into an emotional journey with a new cast of characters poised to set a new bar for the franchise. The title is scheduled for release on November 4 for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC; not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information, visit: www.callofduty.com, www.facebook.com/callofduty, www.youtube.com/callofduty or follow @CallofDuty on Twitter and Instagram.
Destiny - From Bungie, the creators of Halo®, and Activision, the company that brought you Call of Duty, comes Destiny, an epic, action-packed adventure set in a familiar but mysterious universe. Destiny delivers a new way to play first-person action games in a story-driven universe filled with single player, cooperative, competitive, public, and social activities, all seamlessly connected and a vast, persistent universe, creating the world's first "Shared World Shooter." In Destiny, gamers become Guardians of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible powers and explore the far reaches of our solar system. The game will be available on September 9 for the PlayStation®4 system, PlayStation®3 system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Xbox 360. For more information, visit www.DestinyTheGame.com. For exclusive updates, follow the official Destiny social channels at www.facebook.com/DestinyTheGame and @DestinyTheGame on Twitter, and interact directly with the developers at www.Bungie.net.
Skylanders Trap Team - Developer Toys for Bob, creators of the Toys-to-Life™ phenomenon, return with another exciting innovation with Skylanders Trap Team. The newest installment to the Skylanders franchise will reverse the magic of bringing toys-to-life, letting kids take characters out of the digital world and bring them into the physical world. In Skylanders Trap Team, Portal Masters seek out and defeat the most wanted villains in all of Skylands, pulling them out of the game and into living rooms by capturing them in Traps. Players can then send villains back into the game where they play as them to fight for good. Skylanders Trap Team will include the Traptanium Portal™, a new ring of magical energy that enables kids to not only bring their Skylanders to life, but also capture villains using the new Traps. Skylanders Trap Team introduces new heroes known as Trap Masters and will be available on October 5 in North America for Xbox One and Xbox 360 games and entertainment systems from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 system, PlayStation®3 system, Nintendo's Wii™ system and Nintendo's Wii U™ system. A completely unique adventure will be available on the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system.
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Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) is set to release The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, an all-new single-player, third-person action-adventure video game based on Marvel's beloved Spider-Man character and inspired by the upcoming film of the same name from Sony Pictures Entertainment. This original title, available now from development studio Beenox, brings the energy and excitement of the long-running Super Hero franchise to fans looking for a unique adventure that expands beyond the movie's narrative.
"We've worked closely with Marvel to create a new story for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game that stands on its own from the events of the movie," said Activision Publishing's Vice President and General Manager, Kurt Niederloh. "We're placing a strong spotlight on Peter Parker, the man behind the mask, and his infamous nemeses, including Electro, Kingpin and the Green Goblin, among others. The video game not only is based on the upcoming blockbuster movie but in addition, also offers its own unique, complete narrative."
In crafting the sequel to their 2012 title, The Amazing Spider-Man, Beenox focused on reinvigorating and refining the action-adventure foundation established by the original, beginning with the urban playground of New York City. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 emphasizes open-world freedom in its redesign of Manhattan, remade with new visuals, architecture, challenges and surprises to discover. "We want players to have more things to do and more fun when they do them," noted Thomas Wilson, Co-Studio Head at Beenox. "Every advancement we've made with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 informs that theme. From the Hero or Menace dynamic and new visual designs to the changes to combat and focus on Peter Parker - everything's there to make that world feel more diverse, more engaging and more enjoyable."
In addition, Activision, Sony Pictures and Sony Computer Entertainment of America have teamed up to release The Amazing Spider-Man 2 PlayStation 3 bundle, available exclusively at Walmart. Available in more than 2,700 stores and online at Walmart.com, the bundle retails for $269 and includes a PS3™ 500GB system, a copy of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game and The Amazing Spider-Man movie on VUDU. Also exclusively at Walmart, for those interested in purchasing only the stand-alone game, a $10 concession cash voucher is included with all PS4™, PS3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii U™ system launch units.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is available in North America on the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and via download on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $59.99, on the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Nintendo's Wii U system for an SRP of $49.99, on Windows PC for an SRP of $39.99, and is rated "T" (Teen) by the ESRB. The game is also available on Nintendo's 3DS™ hand-held system (developed by High Voltage) for an SRP of $29.99, with an E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) rating by the ESRB. The game will also be available in retail stores on Xbox One in early May, for an SRP of $59.99 with a "T" (Teen) rating by the ESRB. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie debuts in theaters on May 2nd. For more information, visit www.TheAmazingSpiderManGame.com and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheAmazingSpiderManGame.
About Marvel Entertainment, LLC
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information, visit www.marvel.com.
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.
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Skylanders® is redefining the toys-to-life phenomenon with yet another ground-breaking innovation, Skylanders Trap Team™. On October 5 in North America, Activision Publishing, Inc. will introduce the newest installment to the Skylanders franchise, which will reverse the magic of bringing toys to life - incredibly letting kids pull characters out of the digital world into the physical world.
With Skylanders Trap Team, Portal Masters seek out and defeat the most wanted villains in all of Skylands, pulling them out of the game and into living rooms by capturing them in magical Traps. Players can then send villains back into the game where they play as them to fight for good. The game will include the Traptanium PortalTM, a new ring of magical energy that enables kids to not only bring their Skylanders to life, but also magically capture villains using the new Traps. Once they've defeated the villains, kids will be able to place a Trap into the new portal to capture them. They will also be able to hear the villains inside the Traps, an innovation that truly brings life to toys.
This exciting new play pattern also gives players the option to switch between playing as a Skylander hero or a villain at any time, creating fun and unique "tag team" gameplay. In addition, fans can even take their Traps and their Skylanders characters to their friends' houses for fun, co-operative adventures across all console game systems.
"When we created Skylanders, we invented a new category of play and, in the process, disrupted two industries - videogames and toys. With each new Skylanders game, our commitment to continuous, disruptive innovation has led to surprising and delightful new ways for kids to play with toys and games," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. "With Skylanders Trap Team, we're no longer just letting kids bring their toys to life inside the game anymore. This time, we're letting them pull their toys out of the game as well. We are confident this installment of Skylanders will once again redefine what's possible at the intersection of the physical and virtual worlds."
"When Activision first introduced the Skylanders franchise in 2011, it promised to redefine play by merging the physical and digital worlds. The company delivered on that pledge with three blockbuster titles - all of which have been named to the annual Toys"R"Us Holiday Hot Toy List - and is now poised to do it again with the introduction of Skylanders Trap Team," said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer Toys"R"Us, Inc. "With Skylanders Trap Team, Activision is reversing the magic of ‘toys-to-life,' allowing kids to bring characters out of the digital world and into the physical world for the first time. We're thrilled to continue as a marquee destination for Skylanders products, providing a comprehensive, global marketing and merchandising program, including our fully exclusive Legendary series of figures that will introduce Skylanders Trap Team to our enthusiastic customers this October."
In Skylanders Trap Team, Kaos continues his ongoing quest to rule over Skylands. He has discovered the location of the legendary Cloudcracker Prison -- a fortress built entirely out of the magical substance TraptaniumTM and home to Skylands' most nefarious baddies. In an attempt to build his own army of foes, Kaos blows up the prison, releasing the most wanted villains and blasting shards of Traptanium to Earth in the form of Traps. Now it's up to Portal Masters to recapture all of the escaped villains using powerful Traptanium Traps and defeat Kaos before it's too late! The new adventure delivers a diverse and dynamic story-driven gameplay experience, filled with adventure, combat, puzzles, mini-games, activities, platforming and drop-in/drop-out co-op play -- all set within new compelling environments.
Skylanders Trap Team introduces Skylanders heroes known as Trap Masters, brand new Core Skylanders characters and reposed fan-favorite Skylanders characters. The game also features a variety of elementally aligned Traps with unique and interesting designs. With every addition to their Trap Team collection, Portal Masters unlock exciting gameplay possibilities within each level.
Fans can pre-order Skylanders Trap Team starting on April 23, with special offers available at select retail destinations worldwide. Skylanders Trap Team will be available on Xbox 360™ and Xbox One™ video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, PlayStation® 3 and PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment systems, Nintendo's Wii™ system, Nintendo's Wii U™ system, and a completely unique adventure available on the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system. The game will be available on October 5 in North America; October 2 in Australia/New Zealand; and October 10 in Europe.
Activision Publishing and Hasbro today announced TRANSFORMERS™: RISE OF THE DARK SPARK™, a video game complement to Paramount Pictures' upcoming film, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, set to release this June. This third-person action adventure video game goes beyond the movie by uniting the universe of director Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS movies with the ever-popular Cybertron universe. Players will choose from over 40 playable characters from the two different universes as they battle to secure the Dark Spark. TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE DARK SPARK will be releasing on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Sony's PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Nintendo's Wii U™ system and the Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system and Windows PC.
"TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE DARK SPARK is an arc between the Cybertron and Earth based worlds of this popular franchise," remarked Mark Blecher, SVP Digital Gaming & Corporate Development at Hasbro, Inc. "This year marks 30 incredible years of TRANSFORMERS. This game tells another chapter in the TRANSFORMERS story that all fans will love."
Serving as a follow-up to both the upcoming TRANSFORMERS live-action film and Activision's TRANSFORMERS: WAR FOR CYBERTRON and TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON titles, TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE DARK SPARK jumps worlds and factions as it weaves the tale of the hunt for an ancient relic as powerful as the Matrix of Leadership - the Dark Spark. Players will be able to switch between the heroes of the noble AUTOBOTS and the nefarious DECEPTICONS throughout the single-player campaign. Similar to High Moon Studios' CYBERTRON entries in the highly regarded series, gameplay features nimble, fast-paced running-and-gunning combat paired with traversal and vehicle action across open battlefields for large-scale, dynamic conflicts.
Players will also see the return of the fan-favorite multiplayer mode, Escalation, which delivers wave-based, survival-style gameplay for up to four players online cooperatively. It features new, upgradeable defense systems, recognizable adversaries from the lore, and an expanded roster of playable characters from past and present. Additionally, an exciting new leveling system transforms single-player and multiplayer into one unified, persistent character development path. Experience earned in any part of the game unlocks potent awards and tactical loadout choices - including new characters, stronger weapons, special abilities and consumable bonuses - for use throughout the entire game.
TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE DARK SPARK is currently rated "RP" (Rating Pending) by the ESRB.
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Free iOS App Helps Fans Manage Their Collections and Unlock Original Skylanders® Content
Skylanders Celebrates the New App with Holiday Wish List Sweepstakes
Skylanders fans vying to become the ultimate Portal Master can now download the Skylanders Collection Vault application in the iOS App Store today. The new app lets players easily manage their Skylanders toy collection and explore new Skylanders toys from the palm of their hands and on the go. Fans can also share and compare their Skylanders collection with family and friends — all for free. To celebrate the holiday season, Activision will be granting Skylanders collectors' toy wish lists via a Holiday Wish List Sweepstakes.
For the first time via the Skylanders Collection Vault app, Portal Masters can discover Skylanders characters and learn more about their backstories all in one place. Optimized for tablet and mobile devices, the app also allows fans to keep track of their Skylanders collection and their character wish list, browse images and videos, unlock special content and challenge their friends to see who has the most robust collection.
In honor of the new Skylanders Collection Vault app, Activision is launching the Holiday Wish List Sweepstakes to help fans complete their collections. Starting today at 12 p.m. PST, Portal Masters that download the app and create a wish list in the Skylanders Collection Vault can send their list to SkylandersCommunity@Activision.com by Friday, December 6. Five lucky winners will be awarded their wish list collection of up to 25 Skylanders SWAP ForceTM toys available at retail. The complete rules for the Holiday Wish List Sweepstakes can be seen at www.skylanders.com/sweepstakes.1
"Skylanders SWAP Force is the highest-rated game in the Skylanders franchise to date, and the Skylanders Collection Vault app will be the perfect mobile companion for all Portal Masters looking to learn more about their favorite characters and get to know new Skylanders characters," said Josh Taub, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Activision Publishing, Inc. "Skylanders continues to be the #1 kids' video game franchise of 20132 and we have an ongoing commitment to provide our fans the best experience possible. We're excited to offer Skylanders fans the ability to immerse themselves in a completely digital version of their collections."
Players can now download the free, official Skylanders Collection Vault here and bring their digital Skylanders collection wherever they go. Fans can also enjoy Skylanders mobile games -- Skylanders Lost IslandsTM, Skylanders Cloud PatrolTM and Skylanders BattlegroundsTM — available in the App Store.
1No purchase necessary to enter or win. Open to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia 13 years of age or older at the time of entry. All prize components subject to availability and other restrictions. Total ARV of all prizes $75 to $1,875. Official Rules apply.
2Based on revenue, according to The NPD Group, Gfk Media Control® and Activision internal estimates, including toys and accessory packs, through October 2013
The critically acclaimed video game Skylanders SWAP Force™ from Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is set to be released in North America for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft on November 12, 2013. Skylanders SWAP Force is the third installment of the top selling kids' video game franchise of 2013.1
Hailed as "4 stars out of 4" by USA Today, "The Best Skylanders Game Yet" by Forbes.com and "…the series' best so far" by Associated Press, Skylanders SWAP Force is one of the highest rated kids' games of the year and one of the few kids' titles available on the next-generation of video game consoles this holiday. The game, which "sings on next-gen" according to online gaming site Kotaku.com, is already positioned to be a must-have game this holiday, having been named to the 2013 Toys"R"Us® "Fabulous 15" on the company's Holiday Toy List. The game has also been included on TimeToPlayMag.com's Most Wanted List and Toy Insider's Hot 20 Holiday Toys of 2013 List.
Skylanders SWAP Force pushes the boundaries of innovation and imagination with an all new play pattern — swapability — that allows gamers to transform 16 SWAP Force™ characters into more than 250 unique characters by swapping the top and bottom halves of the toys. Building on the franchise's signature gameplay and collectible toy experience, the game takes kids on an all-new adventure with more than 30 new characters each with unique powers and personalities. Additionally, fans can play Skylanders SWAP Force on next-generation consoles with their entire collection of 100+ characters from Skylanders Spyro's Adventure® and Skylanders GiantsTM.
Optimized for next-generation game systems, Skylanders SWAP Force features an all new graphics engine that delivers high-resolution visuals that bring to life amazingly detailed characters and richer environments to deliver a high level of visual fidelity that immerse players in the game like never before. The game runs in native 1080p on both next-generation consoles, further bridging the gap between a video game and feature film experience.
¹ Based on revenue, according to The NPD Group, Gfk Media Control® and Activision internal estimates, including toys and accessory packs, through September 30, 2013.
Rovio Entertainment Ltd. and Lucasfilm Ltd., in association with Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), today launched Angry Birds™ Star Wars® for home and hand-held video game systems. Based on Rovio's wildly popular, action-strategy mobile game, Angry Birds Star Wars brings the interstellar struggle between the ragtag Rebel Birds and dastardly Imperial Pigs to new audiences on the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, Nintendo's Wii™ and Wii U™ systems and the Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system. Angry Birds Star Wars is also planned to launch on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Sony's PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, when these new next-gen consoles arrive in November.
"Angry Birds Star Wars brings together fans from multiple generations and across two widely loved fictional worlds," noted Jami Laes, Executive Vice President of Games at Rovio Entertainment. "The success of Angry Birds Star Wars is a testament to the versatility of these iconic franchises. As a company we want to be where-ever the fans are, so we are thrilled to be partnering with Activision to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to console and handheld gaming fans."
Angry Birds Star Wars marries the fantastic spirit, legendary characters and classic imagery of Star Wars™ with the accessibly engaging design and energetic gameplay of Angry Birds™, thrusting players into a captivating, lighthearted adventure saga, featuring inventive challenges, tantalizing Force powers and a wealth of familiar faces and places. Twenty exclusive, newly created levels join the over 200 stages already available from the original mobile release of Angry Birds Star Wars. This latest version brings the flock to the fight with the introduction of cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes, letting players team up or square off for high scores and galactic bragging rights. Moreover, this expansive edition exploits the unique capabilities of each game system to deliver a distinctive experience tailored specifically to each platform, including sharp and colorful, high-definition visuals (on HD-compatible devices), achievements and trophies, leaderboards, voice command support through Kinect for Xbox 360, and touch-screen controls on Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation®Vita system.
The next-generation versions of Angry Birds Star Wars maintain these core features while introducing new play and interface elements exclusive to each system. The PlayStation®4 system's adaptation makes full use of the DualShock 4 controller's touchpad to offer precision, touch-screen handling, paired with full support for PlayStation®Move in both single-player and local multiplayer modes. Players can also easily record and share their accomplishments with the world with the PlayStation®4 system's automatic screenshot and video capture options. Angry Birds Star Wars on Xbox One also allows for automatic video capture and online sharing, while adding all the benefits of the system's improved Kinect for Xbox One functionality, affording intuitive gesture and motion controls, as well as voice command support. The Xbox One iteration of Angry Birds Star Wars also includes unique, timed challenges that deliver fresh trials for players well after the game's launch.
Portal Masters can now wield the power of choice as they defend the Cloudbreak Islands and battle the evil Kaos (and his mom) when the magic of Skylanders SWAP Force™ hits store shelves nationwide today. Available now for Nintendo Wii™, Nintendo Wii U™, Nintendo 3DS™, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system as well as day-and-date for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One, Skylanders SWAP Force introduces an all new innovative play pattern — swapability - that lets players freely interchange the top and bottom halves of 16 special characters by mixing and matching their powers and moves into more than 250 unique character combinations*, that are brought to life in the game.
The third installment in the popular franchise, Skylanders SWAP Force is already positioned to be one of the must-have games this holiday having been named to the 2013 Toys"R"Us® "Fabulous 15" on the company's Holiday Toy List as well as TimeToPlayMag.com's Most Wanted List and Toy Insider's Hot 20 Holiday Toys of 2013 List.
"Skylanders is a brand built on one thing: magic. With each and every Skylanders title, we want to deliver new, delightful innovations to our young fans that continue to blur the lines between physical and digital play," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. "With Skylanders SWAP Force, we've taken this genre to a whole new level by giving players the greatest power of all: choice. In a franchise known for breakthrough innovation, I have no doubt that SWAP Force is our most innovative Skylanders game yet. And we're thrilled to share it with fans of all ages all over the world today."
Building on the franchise's signature gameplay and collectible toy experience, Skylanders SWAP Force pushes the boundaries of innovation and imagination with an all new play pattern — swapability — that gives kids more choice than ever before over how their SWAP ForceTM characters fight and move. Set in a richly detailed next-generation world, the game takes kids on an all-new adventure with 40 new collectible characters each with unique powers and personalities -- 16 new SWAP ForceTM characters, 16 core Skylanders characters and eight new LightCore™ characters. Additionally, fans can play Skylanders SWAP Force with their entire collection of 100+ characters from Skylanders Spyro's Adventure® and Skylanders GiantsTM.
Skylanders SWAP Force features a new next generation graphics engine** that brings the game's detailed characters and rich environments to life like never before. The game also features new abilities — such as flying, climbing, and teleporting — which can be used throughout Skylands. Friends and family can join the fun with drop-in/drop-out cooperative play as well as experience action-packed gameplay in various Battle and Survival Modes that feature all new arenas.
Additionally, players can embark on an all new unique Skylanders SWAP Force adventure on the Nintendo 3DS that features game levels and story that are unique to this platform. The 3DS version also includes three new characters — Rattle Shake, Volcanic Eruptor, and Free Ranger — which are not found in any other Skylanders Starter Pack. All characters introduced in Skylanders SWAP Force will also be playable on Skylanders Lost IslandsTM and Skylanders BattlegroundsTM mobile games, both of which are available on iOS on October 13 and on Android on November 1.
¹ Based on revenue, according to The NPD Group, Gfk Media Control® and Activision internal estimates, including toys and accessory packs
*Requires purchase of all 16 SWAP Force Skylanders.
**High resolution graphics not available on Nintendo Wii and Nintendo 3DS.
Activision Publishing, Inc. and Marvel Entertainment, LLC today revealed The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ video game is planned to launch next spring, alongside the Sony Pictures Entertainment feature film of the same name. Developed by Beenox, the same game studio behind 2012's original hit The Amazing Spider-Man™, this all-new third-person action-adventure video game builds on the story of the previous game with an alternative take on the events of the upcoming movie, while also giving players an enhanced, free-roaming web-slinging experience through a greatly expanded New York City.
"The first The Amazing Spider-Man game gave players their own beautifully animated, free-roaming city of Manhattan to traverse and explore — a playground of majestic scale in which to live out our common hero fantasies," said Thomas Wilson, Co-Studio Head of Beenox. "And the overwhelming message from fans was: 'MORE!' That's what our team is working toward with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — we're giving gamers more abilities, more upgrades, more challenges, and more freedom to progress. And with the game launching alongside the new movie, offering an expanded interactive experience beyond the film, fans of the franchise won't want to miss playing it."
In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, players once again assume the role of the iconic Super Hero in a unique side-story inspired by the feature film but set in its own continuity. Throughout his journey, Spider-Man will encounter a number of new foes as well as some old friends, as he confronts a new threat to his beloved city. The narrative will give Peter Parker, Spider-Man's nerdy photojournalist persona, a greater role in the spotlight, as he investigates the complicated motivations and unique personalities behind the menagerie of Marvel menaces threatening Manhattan.
As Spidey, players will be able to free-roam through a greatly-enhanced Manhattan cityscape, one set to offer livelier, more engaging opportunities with which to put his sensational skills to use. Central to the expansive depth and detail being poured into The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game is the new "Hero or Menace" system, which incentivizes Super Hero behavior by rewarding the web-slinger's crime-fighting efforts, and adds consequences for letting criminality fester. Spider-Man's personal brand of web-swinging and up-close-and-personal combat will see a variety of new features as well.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game is planned to launch alongside the feature film next spring for PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Nintendo's Wii U™ system and Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system, and Windows PC. The game is currently rated "RP" (Rating Pending) by the ESRB. For more information on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game, please be sure to visit www.TheAmazingSpiderManGame.com and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheAmazingSpiderManGame.
Activision Publishing, Inc. announced Skylanders Boomcast — a series of online webisodes — which debuts Friday, "SWAPtober" 4 on the Skylanders YouTube channel. Offering a weekly glimpse into the magical world of Skylands, Skylanders Boomcast will be hosted by actor Zachary Gordon (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) as he brings fans the latest Skylanders franchise news, gameplay tips and tricks, fan art, character spotlights, exclusive interviews with the Skylanders team and more, straight from the source.
"Our young fans have a tremendous appetite for all things Skylanders. Skylanders Boomcast is an innovative way to turn marketing content into entertainment content," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. "This will be the destination where our fans can dive deeper into the world of Skylanders than ever before."
The show's launch kicks-off SWAPtober, a month of activities celebrating the newest Skylanders game — Skylanders SWAP Force™, which will hit stores on October 13 in North America, October 16 in Australia and October 18 in Europe.
"I'm so honored and excited to be a part of Skylanders Boomcast! The fact that I get to bring Skylanders news to Portal Masters around the world is a dream job, and I can't wait to see what amazing things fans will bring to the table," said Zachary Gordon, host of Skylanders Boomcast. "It's been really great working with Activision on this project, and I just know that fans will love what the team has in store for them."
Skylanders Boomcast was created by Activision Publishing, Inc. and is a MATTER/Edelman Production in association with RadNerd Productions.
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Shared World Shooter Game Launches Next Spring
Be among the first to blaze a trail through the wild frontiers of Destiny, the next evolution of entertainment from the creators of Halo®, and the company that brought you Call of Duty®. Activision Publishing, Inc. and Bungie today announced that fans who pre-order the game at participating retailers worldwide will get early access to the Destiny Beta, which will include a diverse sampling of major activities featured in the full game. The Beta will begin in early 2014 on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system; PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system; Xbox One, all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft.
To celebrate the announcement, Activision and Bungie have released a new trailer entitled "The Moon," featuring a highlighted destination in the game, and the Hive, one of the four enemy races featured in Destiny. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAbpZfqE8r4
"We have no doubt Destiny is not only a great action game but also the next great entertainment property," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. "That means we're putting all our creative support, and all our expertise in creating blockbuster franchises, into a colossal Destiny Beta that we believe will set a new bar for the next generation of games. Fans have a lot to look forward to in 2014."
"Destiny is the most ambitious game we have ever made, and it's our chance to transform the way you experience a new Bungie universe," said Harold Ryan, Bungie president. "From day one Destiny has been an incredibly bold vision that Activision shares with Bungie. Destiny is a massive universe that is populated by the players, and for that reason we need fans to get their hands on the game, fans all around the world. We can't wait!"
Destiny Beta Redemption Codes are only available while supplies last. To see a list of participating global retailers, fans can visit http://www.destinythegame.com/wheretobuy. Upon pre-ordering the game at a participating retailer, fans can visit http://bungie.net/beta and follow the instructions on the page to secure their spot in the Beta. The required 9-digit entry code will be printed on their receipt, on a flyer distributed at time of purchase or sent via email through their respective retail rewards program. Fans that pre-ordered before October 1st 2013 and qualify for this offer are automatically entered into the Beta and will receive their entry code from their retailer via email. All questions or concerns related to the Beta code should be brought to the attention of the retailer.