Electronic Arts, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Comics announced today that “Superman Returns: The Videogame” is scheduled for a summer 2006 release in conjunction with the release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ film Superman Returns on June 30, 2006. The game, which features storylines from both the movie and more than 60 years of comic book content, is being developed by Electronic Arts-Tiburon in Orlando, Fla., the award-winning studio that develops Madden NFL, the most popular sports franchise in videogame history. “Superman Returns: The Videogame” will be released on the Xbox 360(TM) from Microsoft, as well as current generation platforms.
“We have assembled world class talent at EA Tiburon to deliver this blockbuster experience and we are thrilled to team up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Comics and have the opportunity to demonstrate our creative and technological expertise in the action/adventure category,” said Steven Chiang, vice president and studio general manager, EA Tiburon. “We are creating a game that allows players to experience a real sense of flying, and master Superman’s unrivaled super hero powers in order to save Metropolis. Only Superman can meet challenges of this scale.”
Gerhard Florin, EA’s Executive Vice President and General Manager for International Publishing continued, “Bringing Superman Returns to life in a game of this magnitude that mixes the comic lore with some movie elements delivers a powerful and emotional gaming experience to consumers. X05’s worldwide stage is the perfect place to announce the return of this incredibly strong super hero to the interactive space.”
“The powerful Superman Returns property will be rightfully brought to gamers with a strong creative vision supported by compelling new technology so they can experience The Man of Steel’s superpowers firsthand,” said Jason Hall, Senior Vice President for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “We are excited to be working with the very talented people at EA and together we intend to give the game buying audience an opportunity to jump into the life of one of the most popular DC Comics super heroes of all time.”
“EA is capturing the rich mythology of Superman and the visual excitement of our latest film to build a uniquely thrilling videogame for our fans,” said Paul Levitz, DC’s President & Publisher. “We are all working together to bring players as much of the Superman experience as possible.”
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