Monday, November 10, 2008

Astro Gets Game

Yes, as if there was any doubt, there will be Astro Boy video games to coincide with the upcoming animated film by Imagi.

The game will be published by D3Publisher, who may already be known to anime fans for releasing several Naruto games outside Japan. No word yet on what company (or companies, as the case may be) will actually be developing the games. The games are set for release in the forth quarter of 2009, around the same time as the movie, and will be available on consoles and handheld gaming platforms. What I find interesting is that the "First games" are set for release at this time, which could mean that more Astro Boy games may come out afterward. Perhaps some systems version of the game will appear later?

I fully intend to follow the development of the game every step of the way as best as I can, so keep an eye right here on AstroBoy World for all the latest.

This news has spread pretty quickly all over the video game media, with places like Gamespotpicking up the story. But, I might as well take you straight to the source and point you directly to the press release. Or, click the link below to read an archived version right here.


First Games Based on the Spectacular CG-Animated Movie
Scheduled for Q4 2009

LOS ANGELES – November 5, 2008 – D3Publisher (D3P), a publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software, together with its parent D3, Inc., today announced a worldwide publishing agreement with Imagi Studios for videogames based on the new animated adventure film, Astro Boy. The games are scheduled to be released for console and handheld systems in Q4 2009 to coincide the worldwide release of the movie in October 2009.

“The rich history and endearing story of Astro Boy appeals to fans around the globe and translates exceptionally well to the interactive space,” said Yoji Takenaka, president and chief executive officer, North America and Europe, D3P. “We look forward to working with Imagi to bring the film’s unique cast of characters to life in a compelling videogame that fans and gamers of all ages will enjoy.”

Erin Corbett, president of Imagi Studios U.S., said: “We are delighted to have D3Publisher as our exclusive worldwide interactive partner, and we look forward to seeing Astro Boy raised to new superhero heights in the videogame universe.”

About Astro Boy (The Movie)

Set in the future, Imagi Studio’s Astro Boy is a classic superhero origin story about a young robot with incredible powers and his adventure-filled journey in search of his identity and destiny, taking him into a netherworld of robot gladiators before he returns to save Metro City.

David Bowers (Flushed Away) is directing Astro Boy from a screenplay written by Timothy Harris (Kindergarten Cop, Trading Places), with Maryann Garger producing. The all-star cast is headed by Academy Award®-winning actor Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy, Eugene Levy and Donald Sutherland, with Freddie Highmore in the title role.

The iconic character Astro Boy has found global popularity since his creation in the early 1950s by Japan’s Osamu Tezuka, known as the “god of manga” and “father of anime”, and has been the hero of three acclaimed animated television series aired around the world.

Astro Boy, slated for domestic release on October 23, 2009, is being distributed worldwide by Summit Entertainment except for Imagi’s reserved territories of Japan, Hong Kong and China.

About Summit Entertainment, LLC

Summit Entertainment, LLC is a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio. The studio handles all aspects of marketing and distribution for both its own internally developed motion pictures as well as acquired pictures. Summit Entertainment also represents international sales for both its own slate and third-party product. Summit Entertainment plans to release 10 to 12 films annually.

About Imagi Studios

Imagi International Holdings Limited (“Imagi”) is a listed company [Stock Code 585] on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Imagi’s principal business is the development and production of CG-animated theatrical feature films. Imagi’s first theatrical movie TMNT was released in March 2007, opening #1 in U.S. box office revenue, only the third time in history that an Asian-made film has achieved that honor. Imagi has development operations in Los Angeles, California, and CG production studios at its Chai Wan (Hong Kong) headquarters.

About D3Publisher

D3Publisher, a subsidiary of D3, Inc., is a leading interactive entertainment publisher and distributor for licensed and original titles for personal computers, major console platforms and handheld systems. D3Publisher has operations in the U.S., U.K., and Japan. The company also owns development studio Vicious Cycle Software, Inc., and its technology platform, Vicious Engine. Recent releases have included Dark Sector®, Dead Head Fred®, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords®, and Ben 10™: Protector of Earth. For more information about D3Publisher, please visit:
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Bobwilliams said...

I am a huge fan of Astroboy too so I cannot wait to see how they go. I have seen one pic of astro boy so far and i didnt totally like it, i just wish it were a mix of that and the style they used in the final fantasy movies, for the pic i saw it looked kinda like jim neutron. Their elbows and knees lose volume while bending and there is no muscle system under the skin. This is a time consuming process to create so Im sure they will get to it when they are ready.