The Sweden-based developer/publisher, Stillfront AB, today announced a licensing agreement with the Halcyon Company to create a web-based “Fan Immersion Game” for the upcoming sequel in the Terminator series. The game was recently released and will be released as a Facebook application shortly.
In the highly anticipated new installment of The Terminator film franchise, set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future that Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynets operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.
Web based and free to play, this immensely multiplayer online game is designed to draw the player into the post apocalyptic world where machines rule and humans fight for their lives and the salvation of their entire species. However, it is not automatically assumed that the player will wish to join in the struggle for humanity. Instead, the player will be given a choice when signing up for the game: Will you team up with the resistance to secure the future for your race or will you align yourself with the Terminators following the objective to wipe all humans from existence?
Throughout the game players will have to fight their enemies, always trying to gain the upper hand for their cause. There is even a social networking aspect of the game which allows players to recruit others to their side thus increasing their own numbers. But this is not without risks. There is a constantly looming chance of an unexpected enemy encounter, so one must be prepared at all times to fight of flee.
“We are extremely excited to be part of one of the greatest movie franchises ever,”
says Marco Ahlgren, CEO Stillfront AB. “The concept of different sides fighting against each other is new to the genre of casual web-based gaming, and I believe it will change the future for all FIGs to come. As we’ve seen with the Wanted FIG, the game will provide an exciting, addictive game play experience for the players while utilizing a micro transaction model to generate revenue and establishing a strong online brand awareness leading up to the release of the film and well beyond.”
The TERMINATOR SALVATION FIG is available at www.terminatorsalvationfig.com
About Stillfront AB
Founded in 2007, Stillfront AB is a pioneering online game developer specializing in creating Fan Immersion Games based on high profile IPs. The company is based in Uppsala, Sweden and is renown not only for coining the genre name “Fan Immersion Games”, but also for developing the first successful web-based game for a major Hollywood movie title. The Wanted FIG, based on the Universal blockbuster, was released in 2008. Stillfront is currently planning to release three new, highly anticipated FIGs in 2009. New is the successful partnership with the biggest portal in the world: Bigpoint.
The Halcyon Company is a privately financed, media development, production and financing company, headed by co-CEOs Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek. The company is designed to create, acquire, manage, publish and maintain the creative integrity of each and every project delivered by The Halcyon Company across traditional and non-traditional channels of distribution. In May 2007, Halcyon acquired all of the rights in relationship to the Terminator franchise. These rights include the right to produce any future Terminator films, as well as all future merchandising and licensing rights, certain future revenues derived from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, as well as certain rights in the television project The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the sole right to produce all future Terminator projects in any new or existing media. In 2009, Warner Bros. and Sony will distribute the highly anticipated re-launch of the franchise, Terminator Salvation. Halcyon recently secured the highly-coveted first-look rights to the works of science fiction and cyber-punk writer Philip K. Dick. Through this unprecedented agreement, Halcyon will have the first option to develop in conjunction with Electric Shepherd for film adaptations, as well as television and other media projects, based on Dick’s vast body of works.
About Terminator Salvation
Terminator Salvation is directed by McG from a screenplay is by Michael Ferris & John Brancato and Jonathan Nolan and Anthony Zuiker, story by Michael Ferris & John Brancato. Derek Anderson, Victor Kubicek, Moritz Borman, and Jeffrey Silver are the producers, with Jeanne Allgood, Dan Lin, Mario F. Kassar, Andrew G. Vajna and Joel B. Michaels serving as executive producers. Opening nationwide on May 22, 2009, Terminator Salvation will be distributed in North America by Warner Bros Pictures. Sony Pictures Entertainment is distributing the film in most international territories.
About Fan Immersion Games
Fan Immersion Games (FIGs) are casual, immensely multiplayer online games that are free to play yet also include opportunities for players to buy advantages and premium accounts using micro transactions payable via sms messages and credit cards. These games deliver high fan engagement through their story-driven design and community elements.
According to the Casual Games Association, the North American online casual games market is estimated to reach $690 million with worldwide revenue of over $1.5 billion. DFC Intelligence states that the worldwide online games market is forecasted to reach $13 billion in 2011.
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