Sierra Entertainment Announces Star-Studded Voice Talent For 'TimeShift' Videogame
Dennis Quaid, Nick Chinlund and Michael Ironside Lend Voice Talent to Videogame
READING, UK – (July 27, 2006) – Vivendi Games’ Sierra Entertainment today announced that it has secured top Hollywood talent to provide voices for the characters featured in the video game TimeShift™, scheduled to release for the Xbox 360™ gaming and entertainment system and PC this September. Dennis Quaid, Nick Chinlund and Michael Ironside will add their voice to the original first-person shooter videogame offering unprecedented time-control technology that allows players to stop, slow and reverse time in order to overcome difficult scenarios or defeat challenging enemies.
“TimeShift has been previously acclaimed for its time manipulation game dynamic, yet we still were looking at ways to increase the overall entertainment take-away for players. The inclusion of Hollywood voice actors was one way to do just this,” commented Cindy Cook, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for Vivendi Games. “By casting recognisable Hollywood actors to voice the main characters, we’re providing audiences with an audio touchstone that gives the game a greater level of authenticity and, ultimately, quality.”
Lending his distinctive voice talent to TimeShift’s lead character, Colonel Michael Swift, is Dennis Quaid, the renowned actor who has starred in such blockbuster films as Enemy Mine, Frequency, Inner Space, Far From Heaven and Traffic. Nick Chinlund, who is best known for his performances in Con Air, Training Day and The Chronicles of Riddick films, will voice General Mitchell – the military overseer for Project TimeShift. Michael Ironside, famous for his many television roles on hits like ER and Desperate Housewives and for his many films such as The Perfect Storm, Total Recall, Starship Troopers and Top Gun, will be the voice of scientist Professor Krone.
Marked by an epic, time-traveling narrative and cutting edge in-game physics, TimeShift introduces a never-before-seen approach in the genre by challenging players to manipulate time to bring down a totalitarian regime.
In the game, players assume the role of recently retired test pilot Colonel Michael Swift, a man haunted by the tragic loss of his daughter. Driven to escape his misery, Swift accepts a unique offer from the US Government to test an experimental set of time-control devices and become the world’s first ‘chrononaut.’ During the tests, he inadvertently alters the timeline and returns to a present changed beyond recognition. The democracy he left has become a fascist nightmare – and his knowledge of his time travel saga has made him an enemy of the state. Armed with the time-shifting Quantum Suit, Swift is now in the deadly race to fix the past, present and future.
Developed by Saber Interactive for the Xbox 360 and PC, TimeShift, is scheduled for a worldwide release this September. For more information please visit http://timeshift.sierra.com
About Saber Interactive
Saber Interactive is a developer of interactive entertainment products for the PC and next-generation consoles. The company is a leader in the research and development of 3D rendering technology and applies its findings to create visually spectacular and unique games. Saber Interactive has developed one of the most sophisticated cross-platform game engines in the industry, the Saber3d Engine. Headquartered in Cranford, New Jersey with a second development office in St. Petersburg, Russia, the company employs an extremely talented team of software engineers, artists and designers with extensive experience in game development. For more information, visit www.saber3d.com.
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About Vivendi Games
Vivendi Games (www.vivendigames.com) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is the leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPG) category, holds leading positions in the PC, console, handheld and mobile games markets, and is an emerging player in casual online games. Vivendi Games’ two principal studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment, headquartered in Irvine, CA, the creator of World of Warcraft®, Diablo®, StarCraft®, and Warcraft®; and Sierra Entertainment, headquartered in Los Angeles, which includes Radical Entertainment, Swordfish Studios, High Moon Studios, and Massive Entertainment. Sierra’s IPs include Crash Bandicoot®, Spyro The Dragon®, Empire Earth®, SWAT®, Darkwatch™, Timeshift™, Ground Control® and Leisure Suit Larry®. Vivendi Games is also home to Vivendi Games Mobile, publishing games for the emerging mobile market, and Sierra Online, dedicated to publishing casual games for online play and distribution on all platforms. Vivendi Games maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox, and Ludlum Entertainment. The company has 16 offices around the world conducting business in 75 countries.