GLEN COVE, NY, April 7, 2004 - Recruiting gamers to step into the dangerous world of international espionage and adventure, Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ.SC: AKLM) and Buena Vista Interactive, today announced that they have shipped Alias for the PlayStation?2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox? video game system from Microsoft. Based on ABC's hit television series, Alias is a third-person action adventure that allows players to step into the role of the series' lead character, Sydney Bristow (played by Jennifer Garner), an agent for the CIA. Developed by Acclaim Studios Cheltenham, Alias features the authentic voices of the cast, an original story and script written by the series' writers and producers, a revolutionary in-game split-screen camera, state-of the-art spy gadgetry and the unique combination of action and stealth gameplay.
"All of the core elements that go into creating a highly immersive game exist within ABC's world of Alias and they have been authentically captured throughout this collaborative development process," said, Marc Metis, Senior Vice President of Brand Management for Acclaim. "Working closely with the series' cast and writers, our studio was able to faithfully bring the series to life, resulting in a gaming experience that possesses true Hollywood production values and broad mass-market appeal."
"Seeing "Alias" transformed into a video game is a surreal, exciting and very satisfying experience," added J.J. Abrams, Creator and Executive Producer of "Alias." "Surreal because our actors and writers were involved in the creation of the game, so playing it feels as if you're immersed in the "Alias" universe. Exciting and satisfying because Acclaim did a terrific job."
The media had the following to say about Alias:
"Alias, ABC's conspiracy-filled drama in the world of spies, espionage, and double agents, is practically custom made for a video-game treatment... Thankfully, they all translate quite well to Acclaim's interactive version, too." - GamePro
"...fans of the show will definitely appreciate this addition to the Alias family." - PSE2
"With a wonderfully enigmatic story that ties into the greater Alias universe, beautifully illustrated cut scenes which feature voice work by the entire cast, there's more than enough here to make fans' mouths water." - GameInformer
In Alias, CIA agent Sydney Bristow must use her cunning, extensive knowledge of martial arts and array of high-tech gadgetry to accomplish dangerous missions throughout stunning locations that span the globe. Alias encompasses all of the key elements behind the series' success, including high-action combat, stealth missions and time-based objectives, espionage, intriguing plot twists and high-tech weaponry.
In addition, the following Alias cast members are featured within the video game:
? Jennifer Garner - Sydney Bristow
? Michael Vartan - Michael Vaughn
? Victor Garber - Jack Bristow
? Ron Rifkin - Arvin Sloane
? Carl Lumbly - Marcus Dixon
? Kevin Weisman - Marshall Flinkman
? David Anders - Mr. Sark
Alias was created by J.J. Abrams, who executive produces the series along with John Eisendrath, Ken Olin, Alex Kurtzman-Counter and Roberto Orci. The ABC series, which is filmed in Los Angeles and premiered on September 30, 2001, is from Touchstone Television. Alias is currently available for the PlayStation?2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox? video game system from Microsoft, each at suggested retail prices of $49.99. The game will also be available for the PC next month at a suggested retail price of $29.99. For more information on this game, please visit http://www.aliasthegame.com.
About Buena Vista Interactive
Buena Vista Interactive is the core games publishing label of Buena Vista Games, Inc., the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company's Consumer Products business unit. The label creates, markets and distributes a broad portfolio of PC and multi-platform video games worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with third-party interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market.
About Acclaim Entertainment
Based in Glen Cove, NY, Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., is a worldwide developer, publisher and mass marketer of software for use with interactive entertainment game consoles, including those manufactured by Nintendo, Sony Computer Entertainment and Microsoft Corporation as well as personal computer hardware systems. Acclaim owns and operates five studios located in the United States and the United Kingdom, and publishes and distributes its software through its subsidiaries in North America, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Spain. The Company uses regional distributors worldwide. Acclaim also distributes entertainment software for other publishers worldwide, publishes software gaming strategy guides and issues "special edition" comic magazines periodically. Acclaim's corporate headquarters are in Glen Cove, New York, and Acclaim's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ.SC under the symbol AKLM. For more information please visit our website at http://www.acclaim.com.