breathtaking fights in 2D and 3D arenas
Hamburg, July 23rd, 2008 - Paramount Digital Entertainment, on behalf of DreamWorks Pictures, and FISHLABS, the world’s leading developer of high-quality 3D mobile phone games, announced their co-development of the Gladiator mobile game today. In the historical game, available at the end of the year, Gladiator fans and friends of high-end mobile phone games can indulge in adrenaline-soaked combats and fight their way along the difficult path to the final combat in the Colosseum.
Based on the original Paramount Pictures’ film licence, FISHLABS brings the historical, monumental empire of Gladiator right to all high-end Java and BREW mobile phones. The high-quality implementation of the famous film property offers a console feeling and allows free, breathtaking fights in 3D arenas. A 2D version has also been developed.
The nine original characters from the film have been given individual strengths and weaknesses and fight their way to the final battle in the Colosseum with a wide variety of attacks, techniques, and dodges. The simple controls will introduce mobile phone game beginners to the complex combinations of blows, thus giving them a real chance to drive their opponents into the sand and survive the increasingly difficult combats all the way to the end. Numerous game modes, such as career mode, survival mode, and one-on-one games via Bluetooth, make Gladiator a compelling and thrilling challenge that provides hours of gameplay.
Gladiator will be sold worldwide by FISHLABS & Paramount Digital Entertainment through their partners.
‘Gladiator is a movie that audiences were captivated by,’ says Michael Schade, CEO of FISHLABS Entertainment GmbH. ‘Gladiator is a game that fits perfectly into the FISHLABS line-up: fierce action at the highest level. With Gladiator, we present an uncompromisingly high-quality game that guarantees over ten hours of thrills.’
“We are very pleased with the mobile game that FISHLABS has developed based on the Gladiator film,” states Giovanni Maruca, Director Interactive & Mobile EMEA, Paramount Digital Entertainment. “They have done an exceptional job translating this property into a compelling and entertaining game that we hope will engage and entertain mobile users around the world.”
FISHLABS, based in Hamburg, Germany, is one of the world’s leading development studios for high quality 3D mobile phone games. Founded in 2004, FISHLABS has already produced over 15 high-quality mobile games and employs 30 people in Hamburg. FISHLABS’ line-up of mobile games includes award-winning in-house productions such as Galaxy on Fire™, DEEP™, and Blades & Magic™, as well as contract productions of well-known brands such as V-Rally® 3D, Star Wars™ – Imperial Ace 3D, and Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam™. The 3D game engine ABYSS® for Java™ and BREW™ mobile telephones, which was developed in-house, is supported by more than 250 different devices and sets the standard for compatibility and performance. FISHLABS’ 3D mobile games are marketed worldwide by more than 160 well-known network providers, such as T-Mobile, Vodafone, O2, Orange, 3, Telefonica, Cingular, Sprint, and Verizon, and directly via www.fishlabs.net and www.fishlabs.mobi. FISHLABS is also one of the few studios to market its mobile games directly worldwide through the Fun & Downloads service from Sony Ericsson. In October of 2007, FISHLABS concluded the first round of financing discussions with Neuhaus Partners. The financing will enable FISHLABS to add greater community features to their mobile games in the future.
For further details on FISHLABS please visit www.fishlabs.net.
About Paramount Digital Entertainment:
Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE) is a division of Paramount Pictures Corporation. PDE develops and distributes filmed entertainment across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices, videogames, virtual worlds and emerging technologies.
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, DreamWorks Studios, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and Worldwide Television Distribution.
About Neuhaus Partners:
Neuhaus Partners GmbH, based in Hamburg, Germany, is a leading European venture capital group. It invests throughout Europe in technology companies. Since its founding in 1997 it has completed 46 investments and in 44 of those Neuhaus Partners participated as lead investor. Track Record: Two IPO’s, 15 trade sales, three buy-backs, nine insolvencies. Neuhaus Partners is currently investing its third fund generation.
For further details on Neuhaus Partners please visit www.NeuhausPartners.com.
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