Wednesday 2 November 2005/... A new type of DVD game which offers home console-style graphics and gameplay on a standard DVD player will be unveiled by Sheffield-based technology company ZOO Digital Publishing this Christmas.
ZOO Digital Publishing has signed an exclusive worldwide agreement with filmmaker Aardman Animations to produce an Interactive-DVD game based upon the blockbuster movie 'Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit', which has already gone to number one in the US, UK, German and French box offices
The Interactive-DVD offers a family-based party game, which can be played on any DVD player. It is complex, challenging and fun for all, yet does not require a dedicated and expensive home console. Using cinematic visuals and containing exclusive, never-before-seen Wallace & Gromit footage, it is a triumph for the Sheffield-based technology company and its I-DVD technology which turns DVD players into games machines.
The Interactive DVD has also been signed for release in North America, marking the first time a ZOO title has been released across the Atlantic. The game is already planned for release in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia and Japan through Universal Pictures.
"Research suggests that by the end of this year, around 80 per cent of UK households will have access to a DVD player," comments Ian Stewart, ZOO's Chief Executive. "We're making high-quality, technologically advanced games that everyone can enjoy, rather than just those with expensive games consoles. And we're leading the world in terms of innovative use of the DVD format, with technology built right here in Sheffield."
ZOO Digital Publishing is a member of Game Republic, a regional alliance of high-tech companies operating in the computer and video games business.