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Pre-E3: Buena Vista Announces Full E3 Line-Up

Pre-E3: Buena Vista Announces Full E3 Line-Up

May 8, 2006 | By Simon Carless

Buena Vista Games, the video game arm of The Walt Disney Company, has announced its full E3 line-up, headlined by titles including a futuristic reimagining of the Turok comic book license, previously used by Acclaim for its series of prehistoric FPS games.

Turok, which is due for a 2007 release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, is described as an "epic, story-driven FPS game set on a dark, mysterious planet in the near future. Players take on the role of Joseph Turok, a former Black Ops commando, now part of an elite Special Forces squad on a mission to take down a war criminal on a genetically-altered planet."

Other notable titles include Lumines Plus, the first console extension of the highly popular Lumines puzzle franchise, and one of a host of titles licensed from Tetsuya Mizuguchi's Q? Entertainment, including Lumines 2 and Every Extend Extra for PSP and Meteos: Disney Edition for Nintendo DS.

The company will also debut Desperate Housewives: The Game, based on the ABC/Touchstone Television series, and Disney's Chicken Little: Ace in Action, based on the "super hero movie within a movie" of the box office hit film "Chicken Little"; plus Disney's Meet the Robinsons, inspired by the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures' futuristic computer-animated film.

Other titles include the handheld versions of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, based on the upcoming summer movie sequel; Spectrobes; and games based on popular Disney Channel properties including "Hannah Montana," "Little Einsteins," "American Dragon," "Phil of the Future," "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," "That's So Raven" and more. Also, BVG will present new titles for young girls based on the Disney Princess franchise, including a game based on the upcoming DVD release of "The Little Mermaid."

Along with its self-publishing business, BVG noted that it continues to work with other companies who have licensed games based on Disney and Disney-Pixar properties. THQ will showcase Disney-Pixar Cars and Bethesda Softworks will show Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow in their respective booths at E3.

"Buena Vista Games' 2006 portfolio features the most diverse and extensive product mix to date, with titles based on the rich movie and television brands of The Walt Disney Company and new original properties that we look to build into evergreen franchises for the future," said Graham Hopper, senior vice president and general manager, Buena Vista Games. "We continue to strengthen our self-publishing business with compelling new games that have broad entertainment appeal across all audiences and all major markets worldwide."

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