Hong Kong - July 24, 2009: TurnOut Ventures (www.turnoutventures.com), a joint venture between Turner Entertainment Holdings Asia Pacific Limited and Outblaze Investments Limited, announced today the upcoming release of BEN 10 Omniverse Episode 1: Rise of Heroes. Available on www.ben10.net in the last quarter of 2009, BEN 10 Omniverse will be a free-to-play, browser-based massively multiplayer online game divided into episodes that involve players in the adventures of the famous boy hero.
BEN 10 Omniverse will let players participate in the evolving story arc of Cartoon Network’s BEN 10 saga, featuring Ben Tennyson, a 10-year-old boy with the ability to morph into different aliens using a strange alien device called the Omnitrix. The game will advance the story through regular content updates (episodes) that also introduce new zones, quests, characters, items, and skills.
BEN 10 Omniverse is set in the five-year gap between the original BEN 10 series and BEN 10: Alien Force. It has been half a year since the defeat of Vilgax and life has become rather ordinary for the alien-morphing hero, Ben Tennyson. But one day at Bellwood Madison Elementary School, the Omnitrix that Ben wears on his wrist suddenly emits a blinding flash of light that engulfs the entire school and neighborhood. When Ben regains his vision, sections of the school are still standing while others have vanished or are floating in mid-air. Ben looks for survivors, but sees only strange alien beings milling around in confusion on the twisted, altered school grounds.
Players of BEN 10 Omniverse will create their own alien avatar whose appearance, characteristics, and skills change based on the amount and type of alien DNA absorbed. The innovative character system is based on skills and DNA rather than classes, and thus allows players to build highly customizable characters with radically different strengths and abilities. BEN 10 Omniverse will feature Player versus Environment (PvE), Player versus Player (PvP), team-based PvP, and cooperative PvE play to ensure a diverse and interactive gaming experience.
About BEN 10 Omniverse
BEN 10 Omniverse, developed by Typhoon Games (www.typhoongames.com) for TurnOut Ventures, is a free-to-play action-MMOG based on the hugely popular Cartoon Network original series BEN 10, about the boy who finds an alien device that allows him to transform into powerful aliens. Suitable for ages seven and up, BEN 10 Omniverse Episode 1: Rise of Heroes will launch in late 2009 and will involve players in a multi-episode story arc occurring between the original BEN 10 series and BEN 10: Alien Force. The game will be browser-based and playable on any operating system. For more information please see www.ben10.net.
About TurnOut Ventures
TurnOut Ventures Limited is a venture between Turner Entertainment Holdings Asia-Pacific Limited and Outblaze Investments Limited that combines and leverages the partner companies’ strengths in content development, web development and online games publishing. TurnOut is developing MMOGs based on the popular properties of BEN 10 and Tom and Jerry for launch in the Asia-Pacific region, and manages the Ben10.net website aimed at fans of the popular TV shows. For more information please visit www.turnoutventures.com.
About Turner Entertainment Interactive Media
Turner Entertainment Interactive Media (Turner Interactive), a division of Turner Entertainment Networks Asia, Inc., develops and distributes online video, gaming and commerce products and services for Turner’s brands in the kids’, animation, and general entertainment categories. The department is responsible for the localization and growth of Cartoon Network’s websites, which now attract over three million unique users a month. Turner Interactive also manages and develops the online destinations for Turner’s other entertainment brands including Pogo, Galli Galli Sim Sim, TCM Turner Classics Movies, and WB.