MINNEAPOLIS and SAN FRANCISCO â€“ Nov. 11, 2005 â€“ Destineer Publishing Corp. and Empire Interactive today announced a co-publishing partnership that will bring the highly-anticipated Starship TroopersÂ game for PC to North America through a license agreement with Sony Pictures Consumer Products.
â€œStarship Troopers is a must-have for sci-fi and first person shooter fans alike,â€ said Ian Higgins, CEO, Empire Interactive. â€œWe couldnâ€™t be happier to be working with Destineer to bring Starship Troopers to North America in time for the holidays.â€
Based on the blockbuster movie, Starship Troopers will give players the chance to lead an assault against millions of intelligent bugs this November. As an elite member of the mobile infantry, players will take part in epic battles never before seen in a first-person adventure game.
Actor Casper Van Dien, who played lead character Johnny Rico in the 1997 feature film, will lend his voice talents to the project along with award-wining composer Richard Jacques who composed more than an hour of cinematic score to the game.
â€œFinally, we can bring fans the game theyâ€™ve always wanted,â€ said Paul Rinde, CEO, Destineer. â€œWe have now reached a level in PC hardware where itâ€™s possible to annihilate several hundred bugs at once. This product will give sci-fi and gaming fans the chance to experience the battlefield chaos from the movie.â€
The SWARM engine, which is capable of bringing more than 300 enemies to the screen at once, was specifically created for Starship Troopers by the gameâ€™s developer Strangelite. More than 19 different bugs, from the numerous Warrior bugs to the hulking Tanker bugs, will coordinate on alien battlefields overwhelming players in 12 single-player missions. Online gaming options include Deathmatch and Cooperative play modes.
Set for release November 15th, Starship Troopers is rated M for mature and has an MSRP of $39.99
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About Empire Interactive
Empire is a leading UK quoted computer games developer and publisher, specializing in innovative video games with mass-market appeal. The Group is one of the most established in the industry now in its 18th year of business. Its portfolio of titles include Starsky & Hutch, FlatOut, Big Mutha Truckers, Space Invaders 25th Anniversary and the highly anticipated Starship Troopers. The Groupâ€™s value division, Xplosiv, continues to increase its market share across Europe and has experienced success with its first PlayStationÂ®2 titles.
Headquartered in the UK, Empire has offices in the U,S,, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Further information about Empire and its products can be found at: http://www.empireinteractive.com
Destineer develops and publishes commercial videogames for personal computers and videogame consoles, and it creates PC-based virtual training systems for military, intelligence and first-responder organizations. Destineerâ€™s games include top-sellers such as Close Combat: First to Fight and John Deere: American Farmer, and it publishes its games under the Destineer, MacSoft, Bold Games, and Atomic Games brands. Destineer is a privately-held corporation headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, with development studios in Minneapolis and Austin, TX. More information is available at Destineerâ€™s website: www.destineerstudios.com.
About Sony Pictures Consumer Products
Sony Pictures Consumer Products (SPCP), a Division of Columbia Tristar Consumer Marketing (CTCM), is based in Los Angeles and handles the merchandising and branding efforts for some of the most recognized properties in film and television.
Columbia Tristar Consumer Marketing is a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). SPE is a division of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.