THE WARDROBE AWAITS
BURBANK, Calif. â (November 15, 2005) â The quest to save the enchanted land of Narnia has begun. Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG), the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), brings gamers and Narnia fans an unforgettable adventure with video games inspired by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Mediaâs epic feature film, âThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,â scheduled to release in theaters December 9. The video games are now available at retail outlets in North America for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, XboxÂ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCubeÂ, Nintendo DSÂ, Game BoyÂ® Advance system and PC, Buena Vista Games announced today. Players are thrust into a mysterious frozen world where they will play as four heroes -- Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy Pevensie -- to free Narnia from a cold, bleak eternity under the control of the evil White Witch.
âThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe video games beautifully translate the film into an epic interactive experience,â said Andrew Adamson, film director. âThey demonstrate the importance of having a film team that is involved in the production of the video games inspired by that film. Players will truly feel as if they have walked through the wardrobe doors and into Narnia, where they can control the destiny of the characters.â
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe video games take the classic story from the renowned book from C.S. Lewis to new heights by bringing the cinematic experience to life in a stunning interactive adventure. Playing as each of the four Pevensie heroes, gamers will battle the White Witchâs sinister minions in team-based, action-packed combat. Taking on a variety of creatures including Minoboars, Cyclopes, Werewolves and Ankleslicers, gamers must utilize each heroâs unique combat skills, weaponry and special moves to defeat hoards of enemies, solve elaborate puzzles and advance towards restoring Narnia.
ââThe Chronicles of Narniaâ is one of The Walt Disney Companyâs most highly-anticipated ventures this year,â said Graham Hopper, senior vice president and general manager, Buena Vista Games. âThe Narnia video game represents collaboration between film making and game development at its best. The game immerses players into the land of Narnia and lets them experience an extensive adventure beyond the epic film.â
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and PC is developed by Travellerâs Tales and is rated âTâ for Teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). The PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube versions carry a suggested retail price of $49.99. The PC version carries a suggested retail price of $39.99. The Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance versions are developed by Amaze Entertainment. The Nintendo DS version has an ESRB rating of âE10+â for Everyone 10 and older and carries a suggested retail price of $34.99. The Game Boy Advance version is rated âEâ for Everyone by the ESRB and carries a suggested retail price of $29.99.
About The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe video games
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe video games uniquely convey the classic story. The console and PC versions are action/adventure games featuring 15 levels of combat and puzzle solving game play. The game also features seamless integration of film footage with game play and includes extensive use of voice talent from the film. Included are numerous unlockable bonus levels and features that reveal secrets about the making of the game. Also, the console and PC versions include a two-player co-op âdrop in/drop outâ feature in which a second player can easily join a single-player game already in progress.
The Nintendo DS version is an action/adventure game with role playing game features. The Nintendo DS game, which includes 60 maps, utilizes the touch screen for game play options, including managing inventory, conversing with allied creatures, casting spells and controlling one of four possible characters in real-time combat. A wireless multiplayer mode allows up to four people to play simultaneously.
The Game Boy Advance version is an action/adventure game that includes 17 levels of game play inspired by the film. Players earn role playing game-based Nobility power-ups to defeat the minions of the White Witch. The game includes a two-player linked or wireless multiplayer mode (accessories sold separately).
About The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe film
Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media Present âThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobeâ is a spectacular live-action/CGI motion picture adaptation of C.S. Lewisâ beloved literary classic. The film marks the first live-action directorial effort for Andrew Adamson (director of the OscarÂ®-winning âShrekâ and âShrek 2â), who also co-wrote the screenplay adaptation with Emmy Award-winner Anne Peacock (HBOâs âA Lesson Before Dyingâ) and scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The film is produced by Academy AwardÂ®-winning filmmaker Mark Johnson.
Lewisâ timeless adventure follows the exploits of the four Pevensie siblings â Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy -- in World War II England. The children enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of âhide-and-seekâ in the rural country home of an elderly professor. Once there, the children discover a land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants that has become a world cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Under the guidance of a noble and mystical ruler, the lion Aslan, the children fight to overcome the White Witchâs powerful hold over Narnia in a spectacular, climactic battle that will free Narnia from Jadisâ icy spell forever.