New York, NY â€“ November 3, 2005 â€“ 2K Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), through a license agreement with Sony Pictures Consumer Products, today announced that the Zathura video game has shipped to North American retail stores in advance of Columbia Picturesâ€™ sci-fi family film Zathura: A Space Adventure, which is coming to theaters on November 11th. Developed by High Voltage Software, Zathura is available on the PlayStationÂ® 2 computer entertainment system and the XboxÂ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
In Columbia Pictures' heart-racing sci-fi family film Zathura: A Space Adventure, two squabbling brothers are propelled into deepest, darkest space while playing a mysterious game they discover in the basement of their old house. On their fantastic journey, they are joined by a stranded astronaut and must survive meteor showers, hostile lizard-like aliens, a rocket-propelled robot run amok and an intergalactic spaceship battle. But their greatest peril lies ahead. For unless they finish the game and reach the planet Zathura, they are doomed to be trapped in outer space forever.
Zathura: A Space Adventure is based on the best-selling book by the acclaimed children's writer Chris Van Allsburg (The Polar Express, Jumanji) with a screenplay by David Koepp & John Kamps. The film stars Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard, Kristin Stewart and OscarÂ® winner Tim Robbins. The film is directed by Jon Favreau (Elf) and produced by William Teitler, Scott Kroopf and Michael De Luca.
The video game Zathura features levels spanning the universe, including film environments, as well as those hinted at in the film and book. Gamers will battle more than 36 dangerous alien adversaries, including lizard-like Zorgons, rampaging robots and other bizarre space creatures.
â€œThe Zathura video game truly brings to life the adventurous plot featured in the highly anticipated movie and best-selling book,â€ said Christoph Hartmann, Managing Director of 2K Games. â€œGamers will be immersed in the intergalactic world of Zathura where they can create their very own space adventure.â€
â€œWe are extremely excited to have 2K Games as our video gaming partner for Zathura. They have done a tremendous job of expanding the filmâ€™s storyline into a fun game play experienceâ€, said Mark Caplan, Executive Director, Interactive, Sony Pictures Consumer Products.
In the game, players embark on an intergalactic journey when a mysterious board game transports the house of two young brothers into outer space. Gamers can play as either of the two brothers, Walter and Danny, or a rampaging robot as they utilize each characterâ€™s unique strengths and abilities. To return the brothers safely back to earth, players must defeat deadly aliens, menacing robots and other celestial hazards in this action-packed space adventure for the whole family.
Â° Create your own exciting space adventures based on the holiday 2005 film Zathura: A Space Adventure directed by Jon Favreau and the book written by Chris Van Allsburg
Â° Explore 22 action-packed levels spanning the universe, including environments only hinted at in the film and book
Â° More than 36 dangerous alien adversaries, including lizard-like Zorgons, rampaging robots and other bizarre space creatures
Â° Play as Walter, Danny or a menacing robot, utilizing the charactersâ€™ unique strengths and abilities to conquer each situation
Â° Features the voice talents of the filmâ€™s cast
Zathura is rated â€œE10+â€ for Everyone 10 and older and is now available in North America for a suggested retail price of $39.99 on PlayStation 2 and Xbox. For more information please visit http://www.2kgames.com/zathura.