London, UK - November 23, 2004 - Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, today announced RaymanÃ‚Â® DS, SprungTM(U.S. Name Title) and Asphalt Urban GTTM as official launch titles in Europe for the upcoming release of the Nintendo DSTM system in 2005.
"We're really excited to deliver three fun, original and very different titles on the new Nintendo DS handheld video game system, when it launches next year. Besides the delay with the US launch will allow us to bring new content to Rayman, one of the group's biggest franchise", said John Parkes, EMEA Marketing Director at Ubisoft. "The Nintendo DS will be a unique handheld machine with never-seen before capabilities and we're thrilled to develop such innovative titles on this new console."
Rayman, one of the most recognizable video game characters around the world, arrives for the first time in full 3D glory on a handheld as he battles to defeat the pirate terror that has enslaved his world. Rayman DS is poised to repeat the successful performance of its predecessor, RaymanÃ‚Â® Advance, which was among the top-ten selling launch titles for the Game Boy AdvanceTM system in 2001. Furthermore the European version of Rayman DS will include a multiplayer feature and will take full advantage of the touch-screen technology.
Asphalt Urban GT flies onto the Nintendo DS on four very fast wheels, combining the virtues of both simulation and arcade racing. Players will hit the streets in a wide range of licensed high-performance cars, including Lamborghini, Jaguar, Hummer and more, on tracks from around the world.
Rayman and Sprung are developed and published by Ubisoft. Asphalt GT is published by Gameloft and distributed under exclusivity by Ubisoft.
For more information on each of these titles, please visit www.ubi.com.
Ubisoft is an international producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products. A leading company in the multimedia industry, Ubisoft's strong and diversified lineup has grown considerably, as has Ubisoft itself. As well as steadfastly continuing to partner with several high-profile companies, Ubisoft has also confirmed its presence on the global market by developing its own exceptional properties. Founded in 1986 in France, Ubisoft is now present on every continent, both through offices in 21 different countries including the United States, Morocco, Germany, and China and through sales of products in over 50 countries. The group is dedicated to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge videogame titles to consumers around the world. Ubisoft generated a turnover of 508 million euros for the 2003/2004 fiscal year, up 22.5% at constant exchange rate over the previous fiscal year. To learn more, visit www.ubi.com