Prince Caspian Video Game in the Works
From GameDaily BIZ:
Following on the heels of its successful videogame based on Disney Pictures blockbuster, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Disney Interactive Studios and developer Traveler’s Tales are collaborating on the second live-action adaptation of author C.S. Lewis’ beloved Narnia works. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian game will ship in May 2008 in conjunction with Disney Pictures’ theatrical release that summer for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP, and Nintendo DS. (Disney-owned Fall Line Studio is creating the Nintendo DS game.)
According to Samantha Parker, producer of the game at Disney Interactive Studios, the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian will feature even more collaboration between the filmmakers and the game creators than the first venture.
Parker said the goal for the new game is to include the film voice talent wherever possible. The game will also feature the likenesses of the actors. “There are even plans in the pipeline to create sequences, unique to the videogame, using some of the actors and sets from the film,” said Parker.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian will allow players to assume the role of 20 different characters from the film, including non-human Narnians. In addition, the game supports two-player, drop-in/drop-out cooperative gameplay.
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Aside from this announcement, it also appears that Disney may be releasing a Prince Caspian MMOG (massive multiplayer online game) as well.
According to paidContent.org MMOG’s are important to Disney’s online future. At CES, CEO Bob Iger spoke of versions that might offer an epic adventure in Narnia, racing through Radiator Springs, etc.
And according to the LA Times.com, Disney is to announce an online community called D-Gamer at the E3 conference. The service, which is slated to launch next spring, will let kids build their own characters and socialize around Disney’s games.
UPDATE: From Yahoo Finance:
Disney video game fans will be able to connect to each other throughout the world with DGamer, an innovative new feature to launch initially for North America in May 2008 exclusively in all Disney Interactive Studios Nintendo DS(TM) video games. DGamer will provide a fun, connected game community for Disney video game players to interact, customize and share from Nintendo DS to Nintendo DS, and on computers via the new Disney.com web site. DGamer was unveiled today during Disney Interactive Studios’ media briefing at the E3 Media & Business Summit 2007.
Using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in the Nintendo DS, DGamer will allow players to interact and chat with each other locally in the same room or throughout the world via the Internet. DGamer players will be able to create a customized personal avatar, make new friends, chat with friends, view friends’ high scores and vote in polls. All of these features will be integrated into the DGamer Channel on Disney.com, the No. 1 ranked kids web destination with more than 20 million unique users in May 2007, according to Media Metrix’s Entertainment-Kids Ranking.
DGamer will launch for North America only in May 2008 with the release of the Nintendo DS edition of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Both DGamer and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian for the Nintendo DS are being developed by Fall Line Studio, the Nintendo-focused development studio of Disney Interactive Studios. All subsequent Disney Interactive Studios’ Nintendo DS games will also include DGamer features. DGamer is scheduled to launch in international territories in the future.