Santa Monica, CA â€“ June 26, 2007 â€“ The fate of the world is in gamersâ€™ hands with the announcement that TRANSFORMERS: The Game from Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), under license from HPG, the licensing division of Hasbro, Inc. has shipped to retail stores nationwide. Timed to the highly anticipated theatrical release of the â€œTRANSFORMERSâ€ live-action feature film from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, the game allows players to experience the unstoppable power and massive scale of the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS in an epic battle for Earth.
â€œTRANSFORMERS: The Game lets you choose your side â€“ Autobots or Decepticons â€“ to either protect or destroy Earth,â€ said Will Kassoy, senior vice president of global brand management, Activision, Inc. â€œThe game features fully destructible environments, an army of playable characters, split second changes from robot to vehicle form and a storyline that goes beyond the film to include some elements from the propertyâ€™s long history that will also appeal to Generation 1 fans.â€
â€œThe Activision team has done an outstanding job of replicating the live-action movie scale and realism into TRANSFORMERS: The Game,â€ said Jeff Burdeen, Vice President of Digital Media for HPG. â€œAcross the current and next-generation platforms, gamers will have an awesome TRANSFORMERS experience from the amazing vehicle-to-robot changes to the heart-pounding action.â€
In TRANSFORMERS: The Game for the consoles and PC, players are presented with dual campaigns as they choose from an unprecedented line-up of characters including OPTIMUS PRIME, MEGATRON, IRONHIDE, STARSCREAM, BUMBLEBEE and more. Gamers must master each characterâ€™s unique weapons, moves and instantaneous conversions from robot to vehicle mode as they rampage through fully interactive and destructible environments in their quest to protect or destroy Earth.
The Nintendo DSâ„¢ offers two completely different games, TRANSFORMERS: AUTOBOTS and TRANSFORMERS: DECEPTICONS. Both titles enable players to engage in the â€œAllSpark Warsâ€ through NintendoÂ® Wi-Fi Connection where they must help their side win the global conflict between AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS via daily challenge missions and global player stats comparisons. Each Nintendo DS game features 20 unique story missions plus more than 20 challenge missions as well as local wireless multiplayer modes for up to four players.
The PSPÃ’ (PlayStationÃ’ Portable) system version of TRANSFORMERS: The Game features more than 20 playable TRANSFORMERS characters with three combat modes and 19 story-based missions that have players playing both AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS as they progress through the game. In addition, gamers can battle in four-player Ad Hoc wireless competitions including Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Ascension Rites (king of the hill) and Secure the Energon (capture the flag), in more than 10 multiplayer arenas.
TRANSFORMERS: The Game was developed by Travellerâ€™s Tales for the Xbox 360â„¢ video game system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATIONÂ®3 computer entertainment system, Wiiâ„¢ home video game system from Nintendo, PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system and PC, and is rated â€œTâ€ (Teen) by the ESRB. The PSP system version was developed by Savage Entertainment and is currently rated â€œE 10+â€ (Everyone 10 and older â€“ Violence) by the ESRB. Two unique games for Nintendo DS, TRANSFORMERS: AUTOBOTS and TRANSFORMERS: DECEPTICONS, were developed by Vicarious Visions and are rated â€œE 10+â€ (Everyone 10 and older - Violence) by the ESRB. For more information about the game, visit http://www.transformersgame.com/.
BradyGames' TRANSFORMERS: The Game Official Strategy Guide is available at electronics, book, and software retailers nationwide, and online at www.bradygames.com.
HPG, the licensing division of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), translates one of the industryâ€™s richest portfolios of brands into a world of fun and excitement for children and adults globally. Through a host of publishing, digital media, lifestyle and entertainment platforms, HPG is able to surround fans worldwide with consumer products that expand Hasbroâ€™s core brands, such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, MY LITTLE PONY, MONOPOLY, G.I. JOE, TONKA and PLAYSKOOL.
Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is a worldwide leader in childrenâ€™s and family leisure time entertainment products and services, including the design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products provide the highest quality and most recognizable play experiences in the world.
About Activision, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.5 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan and South Korea. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com.