National Geographic Games Announces Lineup For Console, Pc, Online And Mobile Platforms
Black Bean Games, Smart Bomb Interactive and RealNetworks Partner with National Geographic Games to Publish More Than a Dozen Family-Friendly Titles Across All Major Gaming Platforms, Including Global NG Kids-Branded Virtual World
WASHINGTON - National Geographic Games (NGG) is unveiling a slate of new, high-quality, branded games for the PlayStaion3, Xbox and Nintendo Wii consoles, online, mobile and virtual world markets, via partnerships with premier game publishers and developers Black Bean Games, Smart Bomb Interactive and RealGamesTM, the casual games publishing arm of RealNetworks®, Inc. The announcement was made today by Paul Levine, senior vice president, National Geographic Interactive Platforms Group, and senior vice president, corporate strategy and development, National Geographic Global Media.
“Our Interactive Platforms division continues to field a broad array of highly engaging and entertaining consumer products with universal appeal across multiple platforms, incorporating the best of National Geographic’s mission, brands and franchises,” said Levine. “Millions of families and gamers of all ages around the globe are playing our games on consoles, handhelds, mobile phones and online, and we are thrilled to work with such creative and innovative partners to deliver next-generation ’AAA’ titles and virtual experiences to our global audiences.”
The new National Geographic partnerships will play an integral role as the Society, known for its documentation and exploration of the natural world, continues to evolve as an organization through the creation of new, family-friendly consumer experiences and means of storytelling that inspire people of all ages to explore their world.
Based on National Geographic’s core themes and media properties, these branded games will further enhance National Geographic’s mission of inspiring people to care about the planet and will allow gamers of all ages to explore the natural world through play.
* Black Bean Games — Black Bean Games, an Italian-based publisher of console, handheld and PC-based games and best known for its Superbike franchise, is partnering with NGG to develop eight games that incorporate themes of ancient and lost worlds, wildlife, geography and natural wonders. Available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii, each game will include National Geographic’s award-winning HD photography and video content. The games also will include fun peripherals to enhance game play. The first game is scheduled to release by Q2 2010.
* Smart Bomb Interactive — Through its partnership with Smart Bomb, best known for its character-based racing games and the forthcoming aerial adventure “Snoopy Flying Ace,” National Geographic introduces its first global-scale virtual world, “National Geographic’s Animal Adventures,”™ which focuses on animals, geography and exploration. Kids ages 5-11 will be able to explore this online world with animal avatars they choose, customize and outfit for exploration adventures. Along the way they’ll play games with friends, design habitats for their animals and uncover the mysteries of this new world in a series of multiplayer quests and expeditions. Young explorers and their families also will have access to a vast multimedia library created from National Geographic’s world-renowned content libraries and will be able to participate in ongoing virtual “live events” on a multitude of topics, allowing them to learn more about the natural world and its animal inhabitants. “Animal Adventures” is scheduled to launch in Q2 2010.
* RealGames* — NGG is working with RealNetworks* to develop and publish five casual PC and online games globally via Real’s extensive distribution channels. Beginning release later this year, the first two games will be part of major National Geographic cross-platform global event launches. Through this collaboration, Real and NGG aim to take casual online gaming to the next level through a combination of highly immersive storytelling, exploration-based game play and rich visual content.
“Finding the right partners is critical in collaborating to develop truly great games. Each of these partners brings with them incredible creativity and proven expertise in developing, marketing and distributing family-friendly ’AAA’ titles across multiple platforms to global audiences,” said Chris Mate, vice president and general manager for NGG. “These new relationships will further enable NGG to offer unique gaming experiences based on our award-winning storytelling, renowned digital and HD imagery, information and authenticity — the kind of games only National Geographic can deliver.”
About National Geographic Ventures
National Geographic Ventures (NGV) is a wholly owned, taxable subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the world. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the National Geographic Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. NGV, part of the editorial group National Geographic Global Media, includes National Geographic Television (NGT) production and distribution, National Geographic Television International, Digital Media (including Nationalgeographic.com) and National Geographic Interactive Platforms Group, comprising NGV’s Mobile, Gaming, Maps and Digital Publishing business units. NGV creates and distributes content across multiple platforms and media, providing outlets for the hundreds of scientific and expedition-based grants awarded each year. For more information, go to www.nationalgeographic.com.
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