E3 2007: Disney Interactive Studios Lineup

With a commitment to “innovation, creativity and community,” Disney Interactive Studios is showcasing an extensive roster of upcoming titles at E3 this year, including new games like The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Turok and Spectrobes II, and a brand new online community initiative called DGamer that will be integrated into all of Disney Interactive Studios’ Nintendo DS titles beginning in May of next year.

Disney Interactive Studios’ full E3 lineup includes the following:

DGamer: Disney’s new online community for the Nintendo DS will connect Disney video game fans in a fun environment. DGamer will allow Disney game players to chat, create personal avatars and trade game-themed items, across the room or anywhere in the world with the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Anything a DGamer player will be able to do on the Nintendo DS will also be done online through the DGamer Channel at Disney.com. DGamer will be included free in every Disney game for the Nintendo DS and will roll out in North America first starting in May 2008 with the release of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian for the Nintendo DS. DGamer and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian for the Nintendo DS are being developed by Fall Line Studio, Disney Interactive Studios’ Nintendo-focused studio in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Platforms: Nintendo DS and computers
Release Date: May 2008

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian:
The second installment of The Chronicles of Narnia takes place where The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe left off. The versions for consoles, which are being developed by Traveller’s Tales, will feature 20 playable characters, each with different weapons and abilities. The game will expand beyond the film and include “drop-in/drop out” two-player gameplay both offline and online. The company’s DGamer technology will debut with the Nintendo DS version.

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS2, Nintendo DS, PSP and Windows PC
Release Date: May 2008

Turok: Published under the Touchstone label, Turok is an epic, story-driven first-person shooter set on a dark, mysterious planet in the future. Players take on the role of Joseph Turok, a former black ops commando, now part of an elite special forces squad, known as Whiskey Company, which is on a mission to take down a war criminal – Turok’s former mentor, Roland Kane. Set on a planet inhabited by Kane and his soldiers, the Mendel-Gruman, Turok must use his elite military training to elude Kane’s well-trained army and the ravenous, unpredictable dinosaurs, huge insects and other massive creatures that populate the environment. Turok is being developed by Propaganda Games, Disney Interactive Studios’ development studio in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Platforms: Xbox 360 and PS3
Release Date: February 5, 2008

Spectrobes II:
The sequel to this year’s highly successful sci-fi action/role-playing Nintendo DS game and the first original intellectual property published by Disney Interactive Studios, Spectrobes II continues the adventures of Rallen and Jeena, planetary patrol officers sent to investigate the mysterious fossilized creatures known as Spectrobes. Developed by Kyoto-based Jupiter Corp., Spectrobes II will feature a new enemy known as Krux and new Spectrobes as well as the opportunity to play as both Jeena and Rallen.

Platform: Nintendo DS
Release Date: Fall 2008

High School Musical: Sing It!:
Players express themselves through music with an all-new karaoke twist, choosing their favorite “High School Musical” character and singing all the songs from High School Musical and High School Musical 2. Debuting as one of the first video games to have a microphone on the Wii platform, High School Musical: Sing It! features motion-captured-choreography from the original movie’s dance routines and offers two play modes. In story mode – players live the movies while performing songs beginning from “Start of Something New” to “We’re All in this Together” and “What Time Is It?.” In party mode, friends can compete karaoke-style against each other. Players can choose their favorite backdrop and belt out solos or duets of approximately 30 hit songs, including popular tunes from other familiar Disney Channel favorites.

Platforms: Wii and PS2
Release Date: Fall

High School Musical: Makin’ the Cut!: In the only “High School Musical” themed handheld video game, High School Musical: Makin’ the Cut lets players show off their musical talents as they play along with the movie’s hit songs. In this addictive, rhythm-based game, fans play any of the six “High School Musical” stars or their own customized character as they dance to the beat and travel across America competing in the ultimate musical competition. Players can also compete head-to-head with their friends through wireless play, create their own music dance videos and trade their personal video creations wirelessly with friends. With 12 songs from “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2,” friends can enjoy the tunes they love together.

Platform: Nintendo DS
Release Date: Fall

Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour
for the Wii and Hannah Montana: Music Jam for the Nintendo DS are based on Disney’s best-selling title last holiday season, which is the top-selling third-party girls Nintendo DS game of all time. In Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour, kids take on a worldwide tour where they perform on-stage as Hannah Montana practicing her dance moves using the Wii controller. With Hannah Montana: Music Jam, players become their own music sensations, playing and recording their own songs with a four piece band. They choose chord phrasings on the rhythm guitar track, lay down a basic rhythm, select from electric or acoustic guitar, add a drum track and more. In this innovative DS game, players can sing solo, or hook up with up to three friends to jam together wirelessly as a band.

Platforms: Wii (Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour); Nintendo DS (Hannah Montana: Music Jam)
Release Date: October

Power Rangers: Super Legends: Just in time for the 15th anniversary of the Power Rangers televisions series, fans play as the ultimate super heroes in an action-packed adventure to save the world from evil. They battle enemies, solve puzzles and explore an interactive world as some of the most beloved Power Ranger heroes, from the original Mighty Morphin squad to the current Operation Overdrive team.

Platforms: PS2, Nintendo DS, Nintendo GameCube and Windows PC
Release Date: Fall

Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey: In Disney’s first console video game created specifically for young girls, players befriend their favorite princesses ¾ including Ariel, Cinderella, Jasmine and Snow White ¾ and enter their enchanted worlds. The princess worlds are in peril and only the player can save them. Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey lets players play as their own customizable heroine princess character, selecting her name, dresses, accessories, hair, skin tone and eye color. The game can be played alone, with a friend or with family members.

Platforms: Wii, PS2 and Windows PC
Release Date: Fall

Disney Friends:
Stitch, the mischievous creature from the popular “Lilo & Stitch” films and television series, sings cheerfully as he saunters across the screen. Disney fans will find plenty of fun ways to bond with popular Disney characters in Disney Friends, a unique simulation and adventure game exclusively for the Nintendo DS. Disney Friends features interaction and unique adventures with Dory, the forgetful fish from “Finding Nemo;” Simba, the lion cub from “The Lion King;” and Winnie the Pooh.

Platform: Nintendo DS
Release Date: Fall in Europe; Spring 2008 in the United States

Enchanted: Based on the major motion picture release of “Walt Disney Pictures Presents Enchanted,” Enchanted for the Nintendo DS follows the story of Giselle, a princess banished from a fairy tale animated land to modern-day Manhattan. Players take on the roles of Giselle, Prince Edward and Giselle’s trusted chipmunk friend Pip in adventures that span both mythical Andalasia and real-world New York City with film-inspired and original gameplay elements.

Platform: Nintendo DS
Release Date: Fall

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