Firebrand Games, the International handheld development specialists responsible for GRID and TrackMania, today announce details of their next project, the Nintendo DS videogame version of the hugely anticipated animated film Planet 51.
With a US theatrical release through Sony on Thanksgiving, Planet 51 is the tale of US astronaut Captain Charles “Chuck” Baker (Dwayne Johnson, The Scorpion King, Be Cool) who lands on Planet 51 thinking he’s the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, it’s already inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a world reminiscent of a cheerfully innocent 1950’s American. The film also features the voices of John Cleese, Gary Oldman and Seann William Scott.
Mark Greenshields, CEO of Firebrand Games, commented “We have a track history of creating incredibly successful handheld titles and now, with the opportunity to work on a huge film tie-in like Planet 51, Firebrand is taking our core skill of producing triple-A driving titles into a wider arena.” He continued “ Planet 51 is a game that has many diverse elements to it and we’re committed to turning the game into as big a success as the movie is going to be. With a strong storyline and some amazing visuals we’re sure that Planet 51 is going to be a massive hit on the DS.”
Planet 51 The Game is being released in the western markets by SEGA from November 2009.
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About Firebrand Games Ltd.:
Firebrand Games© is a specialist racing game development company with studios in Glasgow, UK and Merritt Island, Florida. Currently focused on Nintendo Wii™ and DS™, Firebrand have produced a range of critically acclaimed racing games for some of the world’s leading publishers.
Their proprietary in-house technology, Octane, has been designed to create highly optimised games rich in both graphical detail and driving simulation, while our vastly experienced teams are committed to delivering the most fun and value they can into every product. The web site is located at www.firebrandgames.com.
About SEGA® Europe Ltd.:
SEGA® Europe Ltd. is the European Distributor arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. The SEGA Europe Web Site is located at www.sega-europe.com.
About SEGA® of America Inc.:
SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA of America’s Web site is located at www.sega.com.
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About Illion Animation Studios:
Ilion Animation Studios was founded in 2002 to create state-of-the-art computer animated movies for worldwide theatrical release using its own purpose-built cutting-edge technology. Ilion Animation Studios and companies Zed and Pyro Studios, were founded and are run by Ignacio Perez Dolset (CEO of Ilion and Pyro) and Javier Perez Dolset (CEO of Zed). Zed develops and markets entertainment and community products and services for mobile and the Internet. The company is the leading mobile value-added services (MVAS) player in the world in terms of revenue and geographical footprint, operating in 60 countries across 5 continents. Pyro Studios, creator of the international best-seller video game saga Commandos, is dedicated to latest generation video game development for the international market.