Ubisoft Declares Open Season™: Video Game Based on Sony Pictures Animation’s First Feature-Lenghth CG Animated Film, Hits Retail This Week
Company: Ubisoft
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – September 18, 2006 – Today Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, announced that the Open Season™ video game, based on Sony Pictures Animation’s first feature-length CG animated film, is available on store shelves today for the Xbox 360™ and Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™, Game Boy® Advance, PSP™ (PlayStation® Portable) system and Windows PC. Developed by Ubisoft’s award-winning Montreal studio, Open Season™ allows gamers to relive the humor and adventure of the movie by creating a fun and immersive interactive world that mirrors the same comedic storyline, zany characters and amazingly artistic images projected in the animated film. Open Season™ is rated “E-10” for Everyone and has an MSRP of $49.99 for the Xbox 360, $19.99 for the PC and $29.99 for all other platforms.

“Sony Pictures Animation, along with Sony Pictures Consumer Products, worked very closely with Ubisoft's award winning development team in Montreal to create a video game that stays faithful to the movie.” said Tony Kee, vice president of marketing for Ubisoft. “This partnership allowed Ubisoft to seamlessly translate the character depth and humor of the movie’s storyline into a video game experience that remains true to the spirit of the film.”

Open Season is a riotous romp in the great outdoors, where the rowdy brood of forest animals turns the tables on a bunch of unsuspecting hunters. When a domesticated grizzly named Boog gets lured into leaving the creature comforts of home by a fast-talking mule deer named Elliot, he finds himself lost in the woods just three days before hunting season. Forced to “rough it” in the great outdoors, Boog goes native, rallying all the forest animals to take back their home and send the hunters packing. With the Open Season™ video game, players relive the movie experience by playing as Boog and Elliot. Game features include:

•Interaction with Beth, Shaw and all of the animal favorites from the Open Season film.

•Players can throw skunk bombs, hurl rabbits, command acorn-firing squirrels and pull outrageous woodland pranks, guaranteed to scare the pants off the hunters.

•Follow along through all the madcap adventures, like rolling in a giant snowball, riding the rapids on a floating outhouse and zipping through tunnels in a crazy mine cart ride, as Boog discovers how to become a truly wild grizzly.

•Challenge friends in hilarious four-player mini-games.

About Open Season the Movie:
In Columbia Pictures' new action-adventure comedy OPEN SEASON, the first feature-length animated film from Sony Pictures Animation, Boog (Martin Lawrence), a grizzly bear with no survival skills, has his perfect world in the tranquil town of Timberline turned upside-down when he meets Elliot (Ashton Kutcher), a scrawny, fast-talking wild mule deer. Open Season is based on the humor of cartoonist Steve Moore (In The Bleachers), who also serves as Executive Producer with John Carls. The film is being directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King) and Jill Culton (Monsters, Inc., and Toy Story 2). The co-director is Anthony Stacchi (Antz). The producer is Michelle Murdocca (Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2). OPEN SEASON is scheduled for theatrical release on September 29, 2006.

About Sony Pictures Animation:
Sony Pictures Animation is a division of Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment. Under the leadership of executives Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox, the division identifies and nurtures fresh voices and dynamic visions for the world of CG animated features for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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 subsidiary 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.

About Ubisoft:
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through its strong and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated revenue of 547 million Euros for the 2005–2006 fiscal year. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.

Open Season: TM & © 2006 Sony Pictures Animation Inc. All rights reserved. Game Software excluding Sony Elements: © 2006 Ubisoft Entertainment. All rights reserved. Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries.
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Game: Open Season (Xbox)