ATLANTA - February 7, 2007 - GameTap, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), today announced the upcoming addition of Galactic Command - Echo Squad to its GameTap Originals publishing division. Inspired by the first generation of space combat games, Galactic Command - Echo Squad is a fast-paced episodic space shooter set in an expansive galaxy. With an evolving story line that is constantly changing, no two playing sessions are ever the same.
Working closely with independent game developer 3000AD Inc., GameTap will launch the first of four scheduled episodes in late spring exclusively to GameTap subscribers. Each of the four episodes is designed as a campaign with sixteen lengthy missions and unique conclusions, all of which provide hours of gripping gameplay. Beginning with Episode 1: Rise of the Insurgents, episodes will be released on a monthly basis.
"Thanks to GameTap and its commitment to episodic games, we now have a great opportunity for Galactic Command to reach a larger audience," said Derek Smart, president and CEO of 3000AD. "We're excited to be on board with a company that has a clear vision for broadening the PC gaming market."
Building on the popularity of GameTap's episodic content, Galactic Command - Echo Squad will employ a multiplayer client-server, capable of supporting up to sixteen players in a particular mission. Subscribers will be asked to choose from death match, team death match and multi-player co-op modes when playing other GameTap subscribers online.
"The addition of Galactic Command - Echo Squad to GameTap's growing library of new and original games further proves our commitment to offering subscribers content they can't get anywhere else," said Ricardo Sanchez, vice president of content, GameTap. "We are pleased to be partnering with 3000AD, and feel this partnership strengthens our role as a leader in both episodic gaming and the broadband entertainment market."
In addition to Galactic Command - Echo Squad, GameTap gives subscribers unlimited access to more than 800 games including previous releases from 3000AD, along with over 600 original TV shows and videos that cater to fans of the video game lifestyle.
To register for GameTap, visit www.gametap.com and your first month of service is only 99¢.
About Galactic Command
Episode 1 & 2 put the player in the cockpit of an Echo fighter, where they'll lead the Galactic Command squadron in massive scale aerial and space combat engagements. Players will be challenged as Elite Force Pilots tasked with leading a series of defensive and offensive missions against the insurgents occupying friendly territories. Missions take place in space and on the surface of planets and range from basic escort and recon missions, to highly engaging and dangerous tactical strike missions.
About 3000AD Inc.
Established in 1992 and headed by eighteen year industry veteran Derek Smart, 3000AD Inc. is a privately owned independent developer of PC games. The company is most famous for its industry recognized Battlecruiser series conceived in the mid eighties.
GameTap is the leader in digital game distribution and broadband entertainment. Launched by Turner Broadcasting in 2005, it now delivers more than 800 authentic versions of the greatest console, computer and arcade games on demand, including original and exclusive episodic properties. In addition to games for every age and interest, GameTap offers more than 600 original entertainment programs, popular video streams and thriving virtual communities to broadband-connected PCs. Continually updated with new games, programs and features, GameTap is a downloadable application that supports navigation and game play using keyboard and mouse, as well as most USB peripherals.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment products around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
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