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TDK Mediactive Lineup Packs a Punch at 2003 Electronic Entertainment Expo
Video Game Publisher to Showcase Some of the Best Products in its History
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. - May 6, 2003: TDK Mediactive, Inc. (OTCBB:TDKM), a global publisher of interactive entertainment software, is set to officially debut its 2003 product lineup, its most extensive and most powerful to date, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles May 14-16, 2003.
The company will showcase many highly anticipated games across multiple platforms and genres. From the timeless excitement of Disney's Haunted Mansion to the furiousness of the newly acquired Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to the hilarious antics of The Muppets, TDK Mediactive offers something for every kind of gamer. With more than twice the square footage as last year, TDK Mediactive's booth (South Hall #1400), will feature titles for all gaming platforms, including PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, XboxTM video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCubeTM and Game Boy® Advance handheld system.
"When it comes to popular licensed games," said Vincent Bitetti, Chief Executive Officer, TDK Mediactive, "TDK Mediactive is among the elite. With properties like Shrek, The Haunted Mansion, Star Trek, Corvette and Masters of the Universe Interactive, this year's 2003 E3 presence will undoubtedly be our strongest yet."
In addition to the elaborate display of gaming titles, three of the UFC's top Ultimate FightersTM will also be signing autographs, meeting with the press and squaring off in matches of UFC: TapoutTM 2 all three days at the TDK Mediactive booth. Fighters scheduled to appear include Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell and Tim Sylvia.
TDK Mediactive's 2003 E3 Lineup:
UFC: Sudden ImpactTM
Authentic fighting action is coming back to PlayStation 2 with UFC: Sudden Impact. This mixed martial arts fighter brings with it more realistic damage models than ever before, with lifelike bruises and cuts. Fighters can be created from scratch in the greatly enhanced Story Mode, while the Tournament Mode allows for up to eight human and/or computer controlled fighters to compete in elimination matches. Developed by Opus, UFC: Sudden Impact is scheduled to ship Q3, 2003.
The Haunted Mansion
The theme park attraction that hosts millions of foolish mortals each year becomes both a major motion picture and video game. Solve unique puzzles, uncover hidden clues and put unwelcome evil spirits to rest, as you navigate through Disney's world famous Haunted Mansion. With amazing game environments inspired by the film and the ride, you'll be dying to give this game a try! Developed by High Voltage (PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube) and Pocket Studios (Game Boy Advance), The Haunted Mansion is scheduled to ship on all platforms in Q4, 2003.
The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
It's mutiny on the high seas as you steal and pillage your way to riches in the video game that accompanies Disney's major live action film for Summer 2003. Search for treasure as you sharpen your pirating skills with cannons, artillery and swords, all the while trying to unravel the mystery of the treacherous skeleton crew. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is being developed by Pocket Studios and is scheduled to ship Q2, 2003 for the Game Boy Advance.
Corvette® (working title)
Live the dream. Drive the cars. Play the game! Celebrate the Corvette® 50th anniversary in style with over 80 fantastic Corvette models (14 on Game Boy Advance) to choose from. It all takes place on an obstacle filled race down Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles. The Xbox version will also support Xbox Live. Developed by Steel Monkeys (PlayStation 2 and Xbox) and Visual Impact Productions (Game Boy Advance), Corvette is scheduled to ship in Q3, 2003.
Muppets Party CruiseTM
The Muppets are starring in their first party game ever! Imagine you and three friends plowing through thirty mini-games with Kermit the FrogTM, Miss PiggyTM and all your favorite Muppet characters. It's madcap, side-splitting fun, with awesome in-game music to keep you rockin'! Developed by Mass Media, Muppets Party Cruise is scheduled to ship in Q4, 2003 for PlayStation 2 and GameCube.
Star Trek® Shattered Universe
The universe is not as you know it... Think fast, shoot faster! Experience high-intensity space combat in a sinister alternative to the classic era setting of Star Trek: The Original Series®. Jump into the cockpit and pilot ten unique, never-before-seen fighters into battle where you'll engage enemies across 19 levels of incredible action. Complete with spectacular special effects and incredibly detailed environments, Star Trek Shattered Universe is developed by StarSphere in association with Activision, and is scheduled to ship in Q3, 2003 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
Dinotopia®: The Sunstone OdysseyTM
Thwarting evil with an arsenal of high-flying attacks against a multitude of creatures and mechanical monsters, players control Drake Gemini in his quest to reunite his family and become a Guardian of Dinotopia, an island where humans and dinosaurs coexist. While Defending the island of Dinotopia from a rogue group of thugs, players navigate through 24 levels including swamps, villages, and ancient jungle ruins. When travel is prohibitive on foot, players can take to the air through desert canyons on a flying dinosaur called a Skybax, or along tropical trails atop a robotic beast known as a Strutter. Developed by Vicious Cycle, Dinotopia: The Sunstone Odyssey is scheduled to ship Q2, 2003 for Xbox and GameCube.
Masters of the UniverseTM He-Man: Defender of GrayskullTM
By the power of Grayskull... I have the power! Direct from the popular animated television series, He-Man, the ultimate hero, battles his greatest enemies on foot or astride his trusty Battle CatTM through 34 levels within three huge environments. Spectacular special effects, sword fights and hand-to-hand combat await at every turn in this epic world of magic and mystery. Developed by Savage Entertainment, Masters of the UniverseTM He-Man Defender of GrayskullTM is scheduled to ship Q4, 2003 for PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube.
Shrek®2: The Game (working title)
Embark upon an exciting adventure that goes beyond the movie with Shrek 2: The GameTM. Inspired by the upcoming film and expanding its storyline, the game features Shrek®'s signature humor and comedic interactions. Players experience key moments from the film and encounter a variety of new personalities, environments and sub-plots as they switch between Shrek®, Donkey or one of their many fairy tale friends. The game is being co-developed and co-published worldwide by TDK Mediactive and Activision, and is currently in development by Luxoflux (PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the XboxTM video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCubeTM). The game will also be developed for the Game Boy® Advance and PC platforms, however, developers have not yet been named. Shrek 2TM: The Game has not yet been rated by the ESRB and is scheduled to release in Q2, 2004.
Shrek®: Reekin' HavocTM
Shrek® it out! With already over a million units sold in this video game franchise, Shrek® returns to Game Boy Advance. Play as Princess FionaTM or Shrek® and save your fairy tale friends! Rescue them from The Ghost of Lord FarquaadTM using Princess Fiona's powerful martial arts moves, complete with tons of pick-ups and large levels with countless passages to explore. Developed by TOSE, Shrek®: Reekin' Havoc is scheduled to ship Q3, 2003 for Game Boy Advance.
Spy vs. SpyTM
The rivalry that has played out for over 40 years in the pages of MAD Magazine makes its PlayStation 2 and Xbox debuts. Spy vs. Spy is fast paced sabotage-action at its best. Players will employ hilarious spy gadgets and weapons while catching their opponents in clever booby traps. With 12 captivating levels spanning six unique areas, Spy vs. Spy promises nonstop fun and multiplayer antics! Developed by WayForward, Spy vs. Spy is scheduled to ship Q1, 2004.
TONKA Rescue PatrolTM
Now kids can save the day the TONKA way in the all new TONKA Rescue Patrol for GameCube! For the first time on GameCube, TONKA fans can put out fires, catch speeding trouble-makers and explore four large friendly environments in tough TONKA fire engines, construction trucks and choppers! Earn awards for a job well-done and explore exciting TONKA worlds that unlock as you complete missions. Developed by Lucky Chicken, TONKA Rescue Patrol is scheduled to ship Q3, 2003.
Conan: The Dark Axe (working title)
Conan, the famed literary and feature film franchise makes its video game debut. The multiyear worldwide license is held by TDK Mediactive's sister company, TDK Recording Media Europe S.A., and includes all interactive rights for PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox and PC. Become the heroic Conan in this adventure / action packed journey featuring a host of tasks and puzzles to complete as you follow your quest. This 3rd person adventure was written by the official interpreter of the original Conan novels ensuring authentic interpretation of the story to the game. Conan: The Dark Axe is being developed by Cauldron and is scheduled for a European release in Q4, 2003. North American publishing plans have not yet been announced.
Knights of the Temple
You are Paul de Raque, Knight of the Temple, as you set out on a holy crusade across a forbidding, mediaeval Europe to join your order in the Holy Land. Armed with your sword, axe, bow and shield, you must fight with all your strength to complete your journey, for saving the future of the world is your ultimate goal! The core of the game is medieval style fighting with the classical weapons of European knights, coupled with stunning graphics of the historical milieus of the 12th century crusades. Knights of the Temple is being developed under contract with TDK Mediactive's sister company, TDK Recording Media Europe S.A., by O3 Games / Starbreeze, Sweden and is scheduled for a European release in Q1, 2004 for PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox and PC. North American publishing plans have not yet been announced.