BioWare's Jade Empire rocks onto the music scene
Video games and music videos collide on MTV2's "Video Mods" Airing October 2nd at 9:30pm ET/ 6:30pm PT
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada - September 30, 2004 ?
BioWare Corp. and MTV2's "Video Mods" have collaborated to create the first ever Jade Empire music Video Mod. Jade Empire, to be published by Microsoft in March 2005 for the Xbox game system, is an action role-playing game inspired by myths and legends of ancient China. In these Video Mods, watch some of Jade Empire's feature characters including Wu the Lotus Blossom, Furious Ming and Death's Hand perform Christina Milian's "Dip it Low", and New Found Glory's "It's all downhill from here". The segment will air October 2, 2004 at 9:30 pm ET/ 6:30 pm PT on MTV2.
Morphing music videos and video games into an entirely new music viewing experience, each half-hour episode of MTV2 "Video Mods" showcases some of today's most popular video game characters and environments as they perform videos by artists of all genres including Lil Jon, Black Eyed Peas, Evanescence, New Found Glory and more. Each video is transformed, sometimes literally, sometimes with a completely new creative concept, by adapting the music video using a unique video game environment and featuring characters from one, or often a variety of video games.
"Using the same motion capture technology that BioWare uses to create incredible martial art fighting styles, MTV2 turns video game characters into rock stars - it's quite incredible to see the results," said Greg Zeschuk, Joint CEO of BioWare Corp. "This is has been an exciting opportunity for us at BioWare and especially the Jade Empire development team. We have had fun working with MTV2 and Big Bear Entertainment, and watching this come to life," added Ray Muzyka, Joint CEO of BioWare.
MTV2 "Video Mods" is produced by Tony Shiff and Big Bear Entertainment. For complete information on MTV2 "Video Mods" visit www.MTV2.com.
Last year was the most watched year in MTV2 history, and Q1 2004 was the highest rated quarter in channel history among both total viewers (P2+) and P12-34. In addition, April 2004 was the highest rated month in channel history among P12-34. Now reaching more than 60 million homes, MTV2 is the 24-hour music network with an emphasis on showcasing new music, breaking artists, and interactivity. MTV2's adventurous programming mix reflects its commitment to providing fans access to the music and artists they love through 24-hours of music videos and a variety of genre music video shows including: hip-hop, rock, and soul.
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BioWare Corp. is an electronic entertainment company that develops computer and console games. BioWare's developers are currently hard at work on the action-RPG Jade EmpireTM, a BioWare-created intellectual property to be published by Microsoft for the Xbox (www.jade-empire.com). Also in development is a new RPG titled Dragon Age, which is being developed for the PC. Plus, a third new intellectual property is in development for the console. Star Wars:? Knights of the Old RepublicTM, published by LucasArts and released July 18, 2003 for the Xbox and November 18, 2003 for PC, is currently enjoying critical praise and great commercial success with its opening weekend launch ending with Microsoft proclaiming the title as the fastest selling Xbox game in history. Neverwinter NightsTM: Hordes of the UnderdarkTM, the second official expansion for the critically acclaimed PC role-playing game Neverwinter Nights, published by Atari, was released on December 2, 2003, and has enjoyed critical success. Previously published projects include: the award-winning Neverwinter NightsTM, the genre-defining Baldur's GateTM roleplaying game series for the PC, MDKTM2 for Dreamcast and PC, MDKTM2: Armageddon for PlayStation?2 and Shattered SteelTM. BioWare information can be found online at www.bioware.com.
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