CARY, N.C., August 23, 2006: iEntertainment Network, (BB:IENT.pk), the award-winning developer of the World Famous WarBirds TotalSims series, announced it will develop the first Massively Multiplayer Online Game to tie in with the initial theatrical release of a major motion picture, the upcoming MGM release of FLYBOYS, an Electric Entertainment film, to be released on September 22nd 2006. IENT will publish a single player game combined with an MMOG that puts the player in the pilot seat of a Nieuport 17 biplane to participate in exciting World War I era missions inspired by the FLYBOYS movie. These missions provide the excitement of the close-in dogfighting action of America's first fighter pilots as depicted in the movie.
"The opportunity to produce an MMOG based on a flying movie that uses state of the art special effects is unprecedented. We are thrilled to be publishing a complete online flying game for all the fans of the movie and flying enthusiasts worldwide," says JW "Wild Bill" Stealey, a US Air Force Retired Aviator and CEO of IENT.
The FLYBOYS Squadron MMOG demo will go live on September 7, 2006 for players who register for this free download at www.flyboysgame.com. Additional airplanes, terrain, interface and other features will be available in the complete retail game when it reaches stores this month.
The FLYBOYS Squadron game will include true simulations of 10 of the most famous aircraft of World War I, accurate World War I terrains, over 15 single player missions for players to hone their flying skills and obtain medals and rank from flying accomplishments, and easy FREE access to the MMOG where hundreds of other real aviators will be flying in historical and real simulation of World War I combat. (Retail customers get FREE access to the MMOG for one month.)
More information on the FLYBOYS Squadron Game is coming at http://www.FLYBOYSGame.com
In 1914, "The Great War" - WWI - began in Europe. By 1917, the Allied powers of France, England, Italy and others were on the ropes against the German juggernaut. While millions of young men were dying overseas, people in the United States were arguing that the freedom of others was none of its business. So America choseat firstnot to fight.
Some altruistic young Americans disagreed. They volunteered to fight alongside their counterparts in France, some in the infantry, some in the Ambulance Corps. A handful of others had a different idea: they decided to learn how to fly. The first of them - a squadron of only 38 - became known as the Lafayette Escadrille. In time, America joined their cause. The Escadrille pilots became legendary. FLYBOYS is inspired by their story.
Flyboys is directed by Academy Award winner Tony Bill (Producer of The Sting) and produced by Dean Devlin (Independence Day, The Patriot, Stargate) and Marc Frydman (Commander In Chief, The Jacket). James Franco (Spider-Man 1 and 2, Tristan & Isolde, Annapolis) stars with Martin Henderson (The Ring, Torque) and Jean Reno (The Pink Panther, The Da Vinci Code). An MGM release, Flyboys will open in the United States and Canada on September 29th, 2006.
About iEntertainment Network
iEntertainment Network, Inc. (BB:IENT:pk) is a leading provider of online entertainment communities and publisher of online and retail games. WarBirds 2006, IENT's premiere massively multiplayer flight simulation software, which plays on both PCs and MAC computers, has won numerous awards around the world for "Best Online Simulation Game" and attracts players from over 70 countries. A more complete description of WarBirds 2006 and all of the TotalSims games can be found at http://www.totalsims.com.
About Electric Entertainment:
Electric Entertainment is a full service film, television, and new media production company headed by veteran producer Dean Devlin along with partners Kearie Peak, Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan. For film, Electric's most recent projects include MGM's "Flyboys" which will be released nationwide on September 29th; "Eight Legged Freaks," released by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow in July 2002; New Line's Fall 2004 release "Cellular" starring Kim Basinger; and Sony Picture Classics' politically-charged documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?"; Electric's television credits include "The Librarian" starring Noah Wyle which aired on TNT network in December 2004 and was the highest rated movie on cable that year and its sequel, "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines," which will air this December on TNT; and The Sci Fi Channel's The Triangle, which is nominated for two Emmys and was the highest-rated miniseries on the cable channel since the Emmy Award-winning Steven Spielberg Presents TAKEN (2002). Additionally, Electric Entertainment owns and runs the online independent film magazine IF, which reports the entertainment industry's daily news.
About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music, and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,000 titles. Operating units including Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM
Music, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 110 countries. Under the supervision of new Chairman and CEO Harry Sloan, MGM is revitalizing all areas of the company. As a result, the studio is now being positioned as an independent, vertical integrated multi-media company. MGM ownership is currently as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), Texas Pacific Group (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit http://www.mgm.com