SAN FRANCISCO and NEW YORK - DECEMBER 1, 2005 - Today Ubisoft, Gearbox Software, and The History Channel, announced that a Brothers In Arms-inspired documentary on World War II will premiere on The History Channel. Known for its unprecedented combination of authenticity, compelling story and squad-based action, the Brothers In Arms franchise established itself as a benchmark for military action games quickly after its initial release in March 2005. The two-hour special, "BROTHERS IN ARMS", is produced by Foglight Entertainment for The History Channel. The television special, hosted by actor Ron Livingston (Band of Brothers) will premiere on The History Channel on Sunday, December 18th at 8 pm ET/PT.
"Ubisoft is very excited that The History Channel has chosen the Brothers In Arms video game to tell the amazing stories of the Greatest Generation," said Tony Kee, vice president of marketing at Ubisoft. "This collaboration between the television and video game industries brings these inspiring stories to life in ways that have never been done before."
The Brothers In Arms video game series depicts the experiences of a squad in the 101st Airborne, 502nd Parachute Infantry during the first days of the Normandy invasion. The 502nd's contributions in June, 1944 featured some of the most significant and harrowing engagements of the European campaign.
"As one of the most authentic World War II video games ever made, Brothers In Arms creates the ideal setting on which to base a program for The History Channel," said Margaret Kim, director of Historical Programming at The History Channel. "The heroic exploits of the 101st and 502nd will receive the attention they deserve in our two-hour special."
"It is a tribute to the authenticity of our Brothers In Arms games, and the realism of our graphics, that the History Channel selected us to create this two-hour D-Day special," said Colonel John Antal, US Army (Ret.), Gearbox Software.
The History Channel special "BROTHERS IN ARMS" tells the story of the 101st Airborne Division, 502nd Parachute Infantry, from June 6 through June 13, 1944, as it has never been told before. Coupled with the accuracy of the game's environments, the cutting-edge graphics in Brothers In Arms allow for vivid and dynamic battlefield walkthroughs and flythroughs that uniquely convey the conditions and situations of June 1944 Normandy. Through interviews with veterans of the 502nd, firsthand accounts by French citizens and historians; and with reenactments, rare photos, never-before-seen archival footage and cutting-edge CGI* technology, "BROTHERS IN ARMS" finally tells the story of this unheralded group of solders: the 5-0-Deuce. The special is hosted by Livingston on location from the site of the Allied landing in Normandy.
For more information on the game, please visit www.brothersinarmsgame.com.
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Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through its strong and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated revenue of 538 million Euros for the 2004-2005 fiscal year, an increase of 8 percent over the previous fiscal year at constant exchange rates. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.About Gearbox Software
Gearbox Software, an independent video game development studio located in Dallas, TX, is respected industry-wide for their ability to create award winning, blockbuster interactive entertainment. Comprised of veteran talent, Gearbox Software has established itself as an industry leader, developing games for consoles and personal computers for many of the industry's top franchise including Half-life, Halo: Combat Evolved, Counter-Strike, James Bond and Tony Hawk. With Brothers In Arms Road to Hill 30, Gearbox Software launched its first original brand to receive critical acclaim and record sales in 2005. Gearbox Software is currently developing original titles for next generation video game consoles and Windows Vista. Additional information regarding Gearbox Software can be found at www.gearboxsoftware.com.About The History Channel
Now reaching more than 88 million Nielsen subscribers, The History Channel®, "Where the Past Comes Alive®," brings history to life in a powerful manner and provides an inviting place where people experience history personally and connect their own lives to the great lives and events of the past. The History Channel has earned six News and Documentary Emmy® Awards and received the prestigious Governor's Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network's "Save Our History®" campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. The History Channel web site is located at www.History.com. Press Only: For more information and photography please visit us on the web at www.historychannelpress.com.