BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 18, 2005--Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG), the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company announced today the development of new video game titles based on the highly anticipated feature film, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," scheduled for release in Summer 2006. Building on the popularity of its successful portable games business, BVG will release games for the PSP(TM) portable entertainment system and Nintendo DS(TM) in conjunction with the movie launch. BVG has signed the critically acclaimed UK-based game developer, Eurocom, to create future games for the upcoming next generation consoles based on the hit movie franchise. Eurocom's development credits include best-selling console games based on James Bond, Harry Potter, and Crash Bandicoot among others.
"The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise will develop over the next few years as one of the most exciting and important initiatives BVG will spearhead," said Graham Hopper, senior vice president and general manager, Buena Vista Games, Inc. "Our upcoming games will expand the Pirates world and allow fans to take on the roles of some of the most rousing characters ever created, and experience firsthand their perilous adventures."
In BVG's upcoming "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" video games, consumers will be able to play as Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann as they explore and brawl across land and sea on a memorable quest in search of the legendary Dead Man's Chest. The games will not only feature thrilling moments from the movie, but will expand the fantasy of the franchise by offering exciting new adventures and locations inspired by the rich "Pirates of the Caribbean" universe. The handheld titles are being developed by Seattle-based Amaze Entertainment and Griptonite Games.
About the film:
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Gore Verbinski, once again stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner and Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," the spectacular follow-up to the international blockbuster released in 2003, is currently being filmed in Los Angeles and the Caribbean and is due for release in July 2006.
About Buena Vista Games
Buena Vista Games, Inc. is the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company's Consumer Products business unit. The division publishes, markets and distributes a broad portfolio of PC and multi-platform video games worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with third-party interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. Titles for Buena Vista Games fall under two publishing labels: Buena Vista Interactive, which publishes high-profile, multi-platform games based on creative content from the numerous businesses within The Walt Disney Company as well as new intellectual properties, and Disney Interactive, which publishes the company's interactive entertainment based on Disney branded properties.