FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Middlesbrough, 9 December 2004 - Atomic Planet Entertainment (APE) Limited, the North East's award-winning video games development studio, is developing another version of this year's smash hit Mega Man Anniversary Collection, this time for the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft.
Mega Man Anniversary Collection, published by U.S. giant Capcom® and developed by APE for PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and Gamecube, released in June this year in North America and to date has sold more than half a million copies. The game continues to be a popular favourite and ride high in the charts. Based on this overwhelming success, Capcom announced that a version would be developed for the Xbox, with Atomic Planet the natural choice for the job
Mega Man Anniversary Collection marks the 15th anniversary of the popular Mega Man series, featuring an anthology of classic Mega Man games (Mega Man 1 through 8), plus Mega Man the Power Battle and Mega Man 2 the Power Fighters, and rare bonus material for the player to unlock.
APE's managing director Darren Falcus says "The Mega Man Anniversary Collection has been one of our biggest selling games to date, and is a very popular trip down memory lane for many fans." He adds "It seems a natural choice to bring the title to even more people by developing it for the Xbox, and further cements our important working relationship with Capcom."
Currently in production at Atomic Planet's Middlesbrough studio, Mega Man Anniversary Collection is scheduled for release in March 2005 - initially in North America.
Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment. Founded in 1983, the company has created world renowned franchises including Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Mega Man, Breath of Fire, Devil May Cry and the Onimusha series. Headquartered in Osaka, Japan, the company maintains operations in the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany, Tokyo and Hong Kong. More information about Capcom and its products can be found on the company's web site at www.capcom.com.
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1.For further information please contact Darren or Jason Falcus, or Mark Hargreaves on 01642 871100.
2.The first MegaMan game was released in 1987 for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
3.Darren Falcus is 36, Jason Falcus is 35.
4.Atomic Planet Entertainment Limited (APE) is an independent video game development studio based in Middlesbrough; APE commenced trading in August 2000 and has already achieved international success in producing games for many console and computer platforms, and for mobile phones.
5.The company's latest releases include Miami Vice, Gametrak: Dark Wind, Jackie Chan Adventures, The Guy Game, Mega Man Anniversary Collection and Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown.
6.Atomic Planet Entertainment won two awards at the 2003/4 North East Business Awards, for Technology and Export.
7.The company is currently based in the Multi-Media Exchange Centre on Middlesbrough's Corporation Road and currently employs 50 staff.
For more information, please visit www.atomic-planet.com